Summary: Amazing Grace Sermon.
WHAT MAKES GOD’S GRACE AMAZING ? 1 CHRON. 17 : 16
INTRO :200 years ago Dec. 21 1807 John Newton was laid to rest. He was an
Infidel/slave trader turned Christian/minister. His friends included the likes of
John Wesley, George Whitefield, & William Wilburforce.
*He pastored 2 different churches during his life but his most historically
recognizable accomplishment was a song he wrote, that was first published in
1779. A song named “Faiths Review and Expectation” We know this song as
Amazing Grace & it was based on the Scripture we just read.
*Some say John Nweton wrote this song shortly after his conversion in 1748.
due to a nearly fatal shipwreck,but he had other near death experiences before
that & it didn’t inspire him to sit down & write a timeless hymn.
*Truth is that this song was probably written many years later after he really
Began to understand what made God’s grace truly amazing.
*Reguardless of its particulars we must admit it’s the most popular of all
*More artists have recorded this song more than any other song.
*I’ve heard it on Tommy Boy & on Star Trek II.
*We can safely say a lot of people have heard this song. It’s the only Christian
song that some people know.They sing of God’s amazing grace but really don’t
know what it is.
*But my question today is “what makes God’s grace so amazing”
I.WHAT MAKES GOD’S GRACE AMAZING ?...SACRIFICE.
*Grace defined is “unmerited favor”
*It could include a judge granting a pardon to a guilty party , or someone buying a homeless person breakfast at McDonalds or any random act of kindness
*But God’s AMAZING grace is so much more!!!!!
*Lets go back to the period of time between the testaments.When for 400-500 years God remained silent.No prophets,no miracles,no word from God at all .
*The children of Isreal & the Gentile world…all of humanity had been disobedient to the will & word of God.
* & now God is silent…could it be that He had abandoned & forsaken His creation.
*after all because of all of the disobedience & God being a just God ….wouldnt desertion be exactly what humanity deserved……..
*but He didn’t……………
*Instead He found it in His heart to show us grace….in the form of a little baby boy…..
*When we deserved the absolute worst of hell,He gave us the best of heaven
*Romans 5:8”But God demonstrates His own love toward us,in that while we were still sinners,Christ died for us”
*God gave us His child to take the hell,the desertion we deserved!
*Now that is grace…and isn’t that amazing!!!!!!!!
*What makes God’s grace amazing???? –Sacrifice.
II.WHAT MAKES GOD’S GRACE AMAZING? –SALVATION
*What happened on the cross 2000 years ago happened,but it didn’t happen in me & it didn’t happen in you at that time.
*What happened then, gave us a chance to respond to it today!!
*If you have already responded to God’s grace, by giving you’re heart to Jesus, then you know……..and I know you know……………
*How do I know that you know ?
*Because in order to be a partaker of God’s grace in salvation you MUST first realize you need salvation & to realize that………. You must realize the total misery of your sinfulness………. There’s no reason for you to respond to God’s grace until you come to this point.