Summary: Grace is God at work, or Grace is God working.
Grace is God at work, or Grace is God working.
In Ephesians 3, Paul writes about the importance of the church and Grace.
1. Grace is outward expression. vs. 1-2 “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles-- Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you,” (NIV)
The other side of Grace is: that if I understand what Grace is then I will give it to others and Honor God.
Colossians 3:13-14 “Bear with each other, and forgive each other. If someone does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you. Even more than all this, clothe yourself in love. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity.” (NCV)
The Grace of God is what moves us to give and serve.
What are you doing about the needs of the people around you, about the needs of the church?
Philippians 3:20 “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,” (NIV)
2. Grace is also an inward expression. vs. 3-5 “that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets.” (NIV)
How do you develop Grace in your life?
Grace is the God of the universe wants my whole company…Not just my Sunday life…He wants my entire life.
1 Kings 8:61 “But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.” (NIV)
Are you learning to care more for the needs of others?
Philippians 3:7-11 “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (NIV)
Grace opens the door but it is the discipline, and the pursuit that we win the prizes to where we know God.
Saved by Grace God is working
Living my life under Grace is God at work!