Staff Picks of the Week:
Memorial Day 2013
Memorial Day 2013 Preaching Bundle »
Greater Love Video Illustration » Everlasting God Worship Music Video »
Sabbath Sabbath Preaching Bundle »
1 Outta 7 Video Illustration » Before The Throne… Worship Music Video »
Years ago, a large international conference was held of religious leaders from around the world. In the midst of the conference, a debate began about what it was that set Christianity apart from other religions.
Some argued that it was God coming in the flesh that set Christianity apart from other religions. They decided that wasnít it, because other religions claimed that their gods came in human form. Some argued that it was love, or sacrifice, or the resurrection, or one thing or another; each idea being shot down. Finally, C. S. Lewis, having arrived late, walked into the conference and asked what all the noise was about. When told they were discussing what it was that set Christianity apart from all other religions, he said, ďThatís easy. Itís grace.Ē
How true it is. My friends, the thing that sets Christianity apart from every other religion, and every cult in the world is grace, the ďunmerited, unearned, undeserved, favor of God.Ē And I want you to know, my friends, Godís grace is sufficient.
- 2 Corinthians 12:7b-10
In 2 Corinthians 12, we read that Paul was complaining. He had a thorn in the flesh. We donít know what that was. We donít know if it was a physical problem he couldnít overcome. We donít know if it was a temptation he regularly struggled with. We donít know if it was an attitude he battled with. We donít know, because the Bible doesnít tell us. We do know that this thorn in the flesh was brought about by a messenger of Satan and we do know that Paul prayed several times that God would take it away. But God never did.
There are those who will tell you that if you pray and donít see a positive answer to your prayer, itís because you donít believe enough, or you donít have enough faith. Horse feathers! Sometimes God doesnít answer our prayers for the same reason I donít give Drew everything he asks for. God knows better.
Paul prayed 3 times to have this thorn removed and God said, NO!Ē Instead of answering Paulís prayer, God said, ďMy grace is sufficient.Ē
That means Godís grace is enough. Turn to the person beside you and tell him, ďGodís grace is enough.Ē Godís grace is enough. It doesnít take anything else. Godís grace is enough.
GODíS GRACE IS ENOUGH
I. GODíS GRACE IS ENOUGH TO SAVE YOU
> Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you were saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is Godís gift-
I want you to know this morning, that Godís grace is enough to save you. Do you realize there is nothing you can do to earn your salvation? You cannot be good enough. The Bible says the best you could hope to do, your best works, are like filthy rags compared to Godís holiness.
My friend, you can never be good enough to be saved. You can never go to church enough. You can never give enough to the church. You can never help enough poor people. You can never visit enough prisons, or light enough candles, or pray enough to earn being saved. It is only by Godís grace that you are saved.
So quit trying to be good enough to be saved, and trust Jesus. Jesus says, ďBehold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into Him.Ē
Tell somebody, ďGodís grace is enough to save you.Ē
II. GODíS GRACE IS ENOUGH TO SEAL YOU
- Romans 5:20-21
Paul says, ďThe law of God opened my eyes. I saw
- God's Forgiveness
- All Sermons on God's Forgiveness
- Text Illustrations on God's Forgiveness
- Video Illustrations on God's Forgiveness
- PowerPoint Template on God's Forgiveness
- Scripture on God's Forgiveness
- Related Sermons
- Sermons related to 2 Corinthians 12:7-12:10
- All sermons from Gene Gregory
- Sermons on Grace
Join the discussion