Summary: Many Christian’s struggle with a proper understanding of God’s grace. God is fully pleased with what Jesus did on the cross and if we receive Him as Lord He is pleased with us as well.
There are a number of times- Jesus says believe in me, but there are more times where He says follow me.
True believing always results in following.
Are you a fan of Jesus or a follower of Jesus?
Fan- an enthusiastic admirer.
Jesus-looking for more than bumper sticker Christians.
Jesus came to turn our lives up side down- we want-
tune-up- Jesus- thinking of- complete over-haul,
make-up- Jesus is thinking a make-over,
redecorate- Jesus wants- complete renovation.
Jesus did not come to change me- He came to kill me.
He is waiting for me to die so He can fully live in me.
In light of that- I want to take a slightly different look-
Jn3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Why did Jesus die? So that you/I could be saved?
Yes and no- He died because He loved the world.
God did not die for- inanimate objects, or dogs/cats-
He died for man- made in His image and likeness.
It is true that all of creation groans-
Rom 8:19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. NASU
Jesus Christ died for people like you and me.
Pastor’s prayer-two things Christians must understand-
>the grace of God
>the person and work of the HS
Many misunderstand grace- what is God’s grace?
By grace we are saved through faith.
Salvation- describes all that God has for mankind-
rebirth from death to life,
justification and sanctification,
forgiveness, adoption, acceptance-
it is all a gift, and is therefore by grace.
Faith is the manner through which man receives grace.
It is faith that makes us aware that God has freely given to us this incredible salvation.
Believers struggle with Guilt
Many struggle with- guilt in their relationship w/God.
We often feel that we fall short in our walk with God and that He is therefore unhappy with us.
When we talk about spending time w/God- feel guilty-
if I am not performing- God does not love me.
Guilt can snuff out what little desire we have for God.
Guilt is a lie cultivated by the enemy to separate us from God’s purposes for our lives.
Our acceptance by God- based on faith in Christ alone.
When you neglect the secret place, He is not disappointed IN you, He is disappointed FOR you. Bob Sorge, Secrets of the Secret Place
God is pleased w/what Jesus did on the cross, and if we receive Him, He is pleased with us.
But, He sees the spiritual riches available to us and His heart breaks because we are missing out-
He wants to share all that heaven has with us.
On the other hand- second lie from Satan- you need a break- so we turn to TV/movies- to be refreshed.
Things of this world never bring true refreshment-
again, we miss what God has for us.
God is not disappointed IN us- disappointed FOR us.
We miss the refreshing available to us in His presence.
Uneducated and untrained men
Something I have taken comfort in recently-
What the Jews took note of is that the disciples were men who had been with Jesus.
What they had came from their relationship w/Jesus.