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The Grace of God (Sermon)

The Grace of God (Sermon)

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This is a sermon I wrote talking about God's grace as more than just a ticket to heaven. It's about good stewardship of the things He's provided and our experiences. It's a grace that teaches us to fear, just as it relieves our fears.
This is a sermon I wrote talking about God's grace as more than just a ticket to heaven. It's about good stewardship of the things He's provided and our experiences. It's a grace that teaches us to fear, just as it relieves our fears.

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Published by: tsupasat on Aug 31, 2009
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 The Grace of God Today, we will talk about the grace of God. Grace is unmerited favor. Wenever deserve grace. For example, we believe that we are saved by grace when webelieve in God. We are saved because of what God did, not because of what we did.We receive the Holy Spirit by grace—we don’t do anything to earn the Holy Spirit.
1.God has a special grace for each person
 You each have a grace that God has given you. He has plans for you and onlyyou. He knew you from eternity and intends good for you. He has good plans foryour life, to use you as His servant and as a blessing to others. Moreover, Godenables us to fulfill what He has called us to: this is the grace of God. The Apostle Paul’s life clearly shows the grace of God.
Galatians 1:13-16
For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaismbeyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace,was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles,I did not consult any man,
God had a plan for Paul’s life, even though it seemed unlikely at first. Eventhough Paul sought to destroy the Christian church, God’s grace intervened. Pauldeserved punishment, but God had mercy on him and instead used him to build Hischurch throughout the Roman world.
 Jeremiah 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
2.We are responsible to make the most of God’s grace
 The circumstances of our lives are not fair, but God judges us fairly. He judgesus according to the grace He has given us—our background, our surroundings, theresources we grew up with, our opportunities to learn about Him and obey Him, etc.
Luke 12:47-48
"That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not dowhat his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. Fromeveryone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the onewho has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” 
It is not our place to compare ourselves with others, or ask “Why me and notthem?” or “Why them and not me?” God has given some people more opportunitiesthan others—with these opportunities come responsibility. What matters is what wedo with what God has given us.Can you identify the grace of God in your life? The more you mature as aChristian, the more you realize that all good things in your life come from God. Godhad grace on my family that my father met Ps. Lao at a Thai party when Ps. Lao andDa were trying to start a church in Seattle. Ps. Lao had time to come down to ourhouse in Auburn once a week to read the Gospel of Matthew with my father. He didthis for three months before my father decided to close his business to come tochurch on Sunday. This is the grace of God.God’s grace brought some of you here today to hear this message. Maybeyou grew up in the church, or had a parent or grandparent who prayed for you. Godintended for you to be here today.By God’s grace, some of you have made it through difficult circumstances inyour life because God was watching over you. God has especially equipped you toreach out to others coming from similar situations with God’s love. (2 Cor 1:3-4)By God’s grace, some of you were born into good families and never lackedanything. God did not give you these opportunities so you could be selfish andarrogant.By God’s grace, some of you have come from countries where relatively fewpeople know the good news. God brought you to America so that you could be ablessing to the place where you came from. You are uniquely equipped to go backand preach to your fellow countrymen.By God’s grace, some of you here are able to know God at an early age. Paulsaid Timothy knew the Scriptures from infancy. It was God’s grace to Timothy thathis mother and grandmother equipped him so that he was ready to join Paul at ayoung age.Paul understood that it was only by God’s grace that he was what he was.And he understood his responsibility to make the most of God’s grace to him. Godnot only called him, but allowed him to meet Barnabas and become a leader in thechurch at Antioch, the first Gentile Christian church. God was with him as heendured so many hardships and pressed through so many challenges … all this wasthe grace of God.
1 Corinthians 15:9-10
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle,because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am,and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—  yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
 The point is:
“From everyone who has been given much, much will bedemanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more willbe asked.” 
3.We need to be careful not to miss the grace of God
Hebrews 12:14-17
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness noone will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that nobitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights asthe oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, hewas rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought theblessing with tears.
 The author of Hebrews warns us that we can miss the grace of God if we turnaway from God because of sin. The “bitter root” is a reference to idolatry inDeuteronomy 29:18.
Deuteronomy 29:18
Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns away from the LORD our God to go and worship the gods of those nations;make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison.
 This is a warning to Christians that we often have a choice between the graceof God in our lives or sin. Esau is given as an example. Esau was Isaac’s firstbornson but sold his birthright to Jacob for some soup. In Genesis, the Bible says thatEsau despised his birthright, or thought it was worth less than that soup that wasbefore him. When we are faced with sin, sometimes we give up the grace of God inour lives for something that only lasts a moment. As a result, we lose somethingthat cannot be regained.I admit that I have missed the grace of God in my own life. And I can’t knowwhat I’ve missed. What would have happened if Abraham did not have Ishmael orDavid did not murder Uriah? In fact, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that weunderstand the consequences of missing the grace of God.
4.God gives us abundant grace
 The fact is all of us have taken God’s grace for granted at times. We havechosen temporary things over eternal things. We have preferred other things overGod.
 James 4:4-5
You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to livein us envies intensely?

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