Summary: This sermon is about one of the most used and probably least understood words in the Christian faith today. GRACE. Greater men than myself have tried to fully explain grace and have failed. In a small way I only wish today to talk about grace and how it a
Today’s sermon is about one of the most used and probably least understood words in the Christian faith today. GRACE. Greater men than myself have tried to fully explain grace and have failed. In a small way I only wish today to talk about grace and how it affects us and man kind.
One of the best-known definitions of grace is only three words: “God’s unmerited favor.”
There was a story I heard once several years ago, about a train drawbridge operator. His job was to raise and lower the bridge. Usually the bridge would remain up due to the heavy traffic on the seaway. On this day the young mans son came to work with his father. The father warned the son to stay close to the office and to stay away from the railroad tracks and bridge. When it was time for the train; the father looked around for his son and could not find him, Then he saw his son, stuck in the track. If he left the control room to rescue his son it would cost lives of hundreds of passengers on the train. If he lowered the bridge it would certainly kill his son. As the train approached, the whistles blowing, the man released the lever to lower the bridge, and turned his head away as the bridge lowered. The passengers not knowing what had just happened crossed the bridge safely while many of them waved to the man, not knowing that his son’s life was just given for theirs.
This is a very sad story, but it not only represents an act of grace. But the passengers represent the condition of the world today. You see many are going on their way not realizing the price that Jesus paid for our salvation and never accept his grace.
I. Conditions for Grace
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (2) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (3) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
1. Fall From Grace
· Adam and Eve in the Garden
2. All Have Sinned
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (For this reason Grace is given.)
II. Grace Given
(4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (6) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (7) That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
“Grace can neither be bought, earned, or won by the creature. If it could be, it would cease to be grace.” ~Arthur W. Pink
1. Thief On The Cross – expound
2. To All Man Kind
Romans 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
III. Freely given but not free
(8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast. (10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
“Grace is free, but when once you take it you are bound forever to the Giver.” ~ E. Stanley Jones
1. Romans 6 – expound
· Sin more – so grace multiplies – God Forbid
· Dead – buried to sin –
· If dead to sin we are free from it
· If dead to sin we are alive with Christ
· Sin has no dominion over us
· Free from sin – we are servants of righteouness
2. To sum it up:
Romans 6:22-23 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (23) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
IV. Examples of Grace