Sermon:
INTRO.- ILL.- D.L. Moody was an American evangelist (February 5, 1837 - December 22, 1899 - 62 years). Moody said: ďGrace isnít a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. Itís a way to live. The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out.Ē

He also said: "It is well that man cannot save himself; for if a man could only work his own way to Heaven, you would never hear the last of it. Why, if a man happens to get a little ahead of his fellows and scrapes a few thousands of dollars together, youíll hear him boast of being a self-made man. Iíve heard so much of this sort of talk that I am sick and tired of the whole business; and I am glad that through all eternity in Heaven we will never hear anyone bragging of how he worked his way to get there." AMEN!

Luke 18:18 The rich young ruler asked of Jesus, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" This is the mentality that most people have when it comes to eternal life. WHAT MUST I DO TO GET IT?

ILL.- A former Buddhist who became a Christian wrote, ďOne of the hardest things to understand was why I didnít have to work my way to heaven. In Buddhism you must pray hard, burn incense and give many offerings. Even so, you canít know for sure if youíll go to heaven.Ē

This is the thinking that most people have even if they arenít Buddhists! They still think they must do a lot of good things in this life in order to qualify for eternal life. However, we should be motivated to do good not because we want to be saved but because we are saved!

Ephesians 2:8-10 ďFor it is by grace you have been saved, through faithóand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of Godó not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are Godís workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.Ē We need to understand Godís grace much more than we do and this text will help us.

PROP.- This passage teaches us much about the grace of God, which we badly need.
1- The grace of God brings salvation
2- The grace of God teaches goodness
3- The grace of God gives hope

I. THE GRACE OF GOD BRINGS SALVATION

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. What is your nature? What is my nature? What are you naturally inclined to do? For preachers: Talk!

ILL.- Oprah Winfreyís nature is to talk. Thatís the way I see her. Dr. Philís nature is to talk, to dish out advice as if he knew everything. And he is pretty smart. Heís smart enough to make millions of dollars by talking. I read that he makes around $43 Million dollars a year. Not bad for just talking. Thatís his nature.

What about Godís nature? Whatís the thing He does best? GIVE to people? LOVE people? BLESS people? FORGIVE people? YES, all these, no doubt. God is love and He is a giver of good gifts and He is quick to forgive when we believe Him. His nature is that of grace. He is a gracious God. He is a grace