Summary: God’s saving grace is so sufficient and inviting that we are compelled to experience it and be transformed by it.
GRACE: GOD THE FATHER’S OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE (OR AT LEAST SHOULDN’T)
Big Idea: God’s saving grace is so sufficient and inviting that we are compelled to experience it and be transformed by it.
Two cows were grazing alongside a highway when a tank-truck of milk on its way to the distributor happened to pass. On one side of the truck in big red letters was a sign that read,: "Pasteurized, homogenized, standardized, Vitamin A added."
One cow turned to the other and remarked, "Makes you feel sort of inadequate, doesn’t it?"
This sermon is for anyone here who has ever felt inadequate!
• Inadequate to please God.
• Inadequate to please others
• Inadequate to face your problems
• Inadequate to change your life.*
Let’s read from scripture:
9And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Grace cannot be earned
The Movie “The God Father” is an American Icon. It, along with many John Wayne movies, defined the American male for more than a generation. One of the lines that has lasted long after the movie has been set aside is The God Father, Marlon Brando’s line “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
As I think of grace I often re-frame that line. To me, grace is God the Father making me an offer I can’t refuse … or at least shouldn’t.
Here’s my definition of Grace (charis): Grace is God’s undeserved and unearned kindness towards me. It guarantees his love and pardon while evoking thanksgiving and equipping me to follow Him.
Grace requires nothing from me – in fact that is the core element of grace; I cannot in any way add anything to God’s grace. To add anything to grace (i.e. human effort or even human responsibility) redefines and corrupts the word. It becomes “another Gospel” to use Paul’s phrase in Galatians (which is speaking directly about the corruption of grace (Galatians 1:6, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel”).