Summary: The impact of God’s amazing grace: 1. Grace gives life to the lost (vs. 1-6) 2. Grace reveals God’s riches (vs. 4-7) 3. Grace gives God the glory He deserves (vs. 8-9) 4. Grace prepares us for God’s purpose (vs. 8-10)
What Grace Can Do
Sermon by Rick Crandall
McClendon Baptist Church - July 26, 2009
*What’s so special about Christianity? -- One time in England some religious experts were debating this question, and they couldn’t agree on an answer.
*The debate went on for some time until C.S. Lewis wandered into the room. “What’s the rumpus about?” he asked, and heard that they were debating what makes Christianity unique. C.S. Lewis immediately responded, “Oh, that’s easy. -- It’s grace.” (1)
*Then they all agreed: The thing that makes Christianity unique is God’s amazing grace! -- But what is this thing called grace?
-Grace is God’s unmerited favor.
-Grace is getting good things from God that we could never deserve.
-Grace is G.R.A.C.E. -- God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
*La Juana Morris tells us that:
-Grace is our source of power when problems are perplexing.
-Grace is the spring of our tenacity when trials trip us up.
-Grace is the element of hope when we feel harassed and helpless.
-Grace is the fortifier of our faith during frustration.
-Grace allows us in times of trouble to look up instead of falling out.
*God’s grace is not dependent upon our actions!
-Not because we were obedient!
-Not because we had tithed.
-Not because we attended church.
*The grace of God is given unto us because he loves us and he is the God of another chance!
-Our past is not relevant to receiving his Grace.
-Our transgressions will not prohibit us from receiving his Grace.
-His Grace is the result of his outpouring love for us. (2)
*Let’s look into the Scripture and see the impact of God’s amazing grace.
1. First: God’s grace gives life to the lost.
*Paul was speaking to saved people in vs. 1-3, people who had trusted in Jesus Christ. -- Paul said:
1. And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
2. in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,
3. among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
*In these verses Paul explains very clearly what it means to be lost.
-In vs. 1 he said, “We were dead in trespasses and sins.”
-In vs. 2, we were “sons of disobedience.”
-And in vs. 3, we deserved God’s wrath.
*Paul told those believers: “We were dead.”
-In a very real sense, we are all born dead, not physically dead, but spiritually dead, cut-off from God, and deserving to spend all eternity separated from Him.
-What a tragedy!
*Most of us have gone through the grief of a death in our family. We understand the loss that comes when someone physically dies. If you multiplied that pain a million times, it would not begin to compare with the pain of spiritual death.
*Jerry Sillcocks is a New York firefighter and a Christian who helped search for survivors at the World Trade Center after 9-11. Jerry later wrote that he and his co-workers called ground zero “the pit.”
*And Jerry said, “Almost everywhere I looked, mighty columns of steel were twisted into sad, pointless sculptures, towering over the tragic scene as we worked to find survivors. Gray smoke was everywhere.
*I’m no theologian -- I’m a New York firefighter -- but I can’t imagine Hell being much worse than the ‘pit’. I have no idea what Hell is truly like. -- But I’ve seen a place so bad that I want to do everything I can to make sure my friends, family, and neighbors know Jesus and will spend eternity with Him.” (3)
*Nothing is worse than spiritual death.
-But sadly, most people in the world today are spiritually dead.
-They are lost, and they don’t even know it.
-They are on their way to hell, and they don’t even know it.
*The reason for their spiritual death is sin.
-So, how righteous are you? -- One day a man walked up to D.L. Moody, and this man said that he had no sin in his life. Mr. Moody just replied, “Well, I would like to ask your wife about that.” (4)
-How righteous are you? -- Richard Wilson said, “Some folks think they are good really good people. Let’s suppose that a person only sins 3 times a day: A sin in the morning, a sin during the day and a sin at night. Sounds like a pretty good person! But if that person lives to be 70 years old, they will commit 76,650 sins in their lifetime.” (And that doesn’t include leap years!) (5)