Summary: The ultimate purpose and focus of our service is to reveal Christ to the world around us. We are called to live lives that reflect and project the grace of God in all we do and say. Paul calls on the believers at Colossae to shine forth God's grace!
Date Written: Oct 15, 2014
Date Preached: Oct 19, 2014
Where Preached: OPBC (AM)
Series Title: We Serve the SAME God
Sermon Title: We Serve the SAME Grace!
Sermon Text: Colossians 4:2-18 [ESV]
What is grace? What do we mean when we use the phrase “ the grace of God”? When I say “we serve the same ‘grace’”, what does that mean for US as believers?
Grace is defined by Webster as the unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification. There is a shorter definition… Grace = the unmerited favor of God.
When we receive ‘grace’ from God we are receiving God’s favor we cannot earn on our own, but that He gives willingly & without compulsion...
God’s Mercy is God NOT doing to US what we truly deserve because of our sin!
God’s Grace is God doing FOR us by showing His unwarranted favor in spite of our sin.
Let me put it another way…
God’s Mercy is NOT getting the punishment we deserve…
God’s Grace is getting blessings we don’t deserve…
Now, you may be sitting here thinking, “I don’t ‘deserve’ hell! What did I do to ‘deserve’ hell? I am not a bad person, I have done more good than bad in my life, its not fair if God sends me to hell.”
Well first of all, Heaven and hell are determined based on the standard God has set. Our eternity is not about fairness as we conceive or understand fairness! God’s standard is set by the holiness and justice of God.
Secondly, God says that reaching heaven is NOT about being ‘good’… at least not ‘good’ as the world sees it. To inherit eternal life, Scripture tells us that we must confess Jesus Christ, accept Him as Savior. The Bible tells us that we cannot inherit eternal life with our goodness… our good works…
The blessings of heaven and salvation come about because of the grace of God given to us… they are NOT available to us based on our ‘goodness’. We SHOULD always seek to live ‘good’ and ‘godly’ lives AFTER Christ has saved us, but our own ‘goodness’ will not save us!
So understand that salvation is is not about being good! Salvation is about Jesus – who has shown His grace to us thru His death on the Cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of our sin and the redemption of our soul.
And the grace of God delivers us from our sinful state… Scripture tells us that we are all sinners and sinful at heart. Paul reminds us that we are sinful based on the Fall in the Garden of Eden by Adam and Eve…
We are cursed today because of what they did… We are born into a sinful world and cursed to a sinful situation. You may not believe you have ‘earned’, but in our lives quickly validate who we are as sinful people. ALL people fall to sin…
Isa 53:6 (ESV) tells us, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way…”