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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

Christian hymns.

*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 (quickview) ”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.


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