Summary: Now let me ask you a question, When it comes to your relationship to God as an individual, to our relationship with God as a church, what would you say is our greatest need?

Intro: Once again I stand here before you and as always I’m lead to a message to preach or was lead into a direction to speak. My wife asked me why don’t you pray on doing a message about Mercy.

At first I kind of said well it does not usually work that way of me forcing a message or just to try and make one up, and for those who comes to us saying hey Pastor you should do a message on so and so. But anyone who preaches would tell you these message are lead and directed by the Holy Spirit, yes many times I tried to force a message but it never turned out to be good.

During my 10 years of being a minster one thing I have learned is to never force something, it’s best if I just wait. Well last Saturday in our audio room another lady we know, spoken on a lesson about sitting down at the feet of God and praying and in that lesson we learn that when praying, we must learn to be still in that processes.

So when I started writing this message I listen to other sermons, did a little reading and listen to a lot of songs asking the Lord to inspire my heart and direct me into a message of Mercy. So here we are, and In much reading and research that God is a God of mercy and grace.

Now know this, understanding mercy is often difficult for people as we tend to be a generation of “I’ll get him for that” and “I hope they get what they deserve.” Many have developed a nature of harsh criticism and want others to get what they have coming to them and then some.

Now let me ask you a question, When it comes to your relationship to God as an individual, to our relationship with God as a church, what would you say is our greatest need?

What is it, above anything else that we need as we approach God? What is at the top of the list for prime importance? I will tell you, because I know the answer! It is mercy.

Mercy It is to be looked upon by God, not as we deserve to be looked upon, but looked upon favorably. This is what mercy is all about. It is a greater need than any other. Because without it, we can never, ever come close to God – we can never ever seek his face, we can never ever depend upon him and call him our Father. We need his mercy.

Mercy my friends is at the heart of the Christian faith. Listen to what Paul says about it in our reading scriptures for message.

Reading: Ephesians 2:4-7 - God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.


Title: When Mercy Walked In

Now Imagine for a moment you are in a court room. It’s a well known scene isn’t it. We often think about God’s final judgment as being like a court room scene, and that is often the way it is described in the Bible. Now, imagine you are trying to argue your case for acceptance by God and entry into his new kingdom.

What would you say, how would you plead your case, would the court find you not Guilty? Knowing perfectly well that you are Guilty and deserving death. Then all of sudden, mercy walks in, listen to some of the lyric’s to the song we just listen to.

I stood in the court room the judge turn my way, It looks like you're guilty now what do you say, I spoke up your honor I have no defense, But that's when mercy walked in.

Mercy walked in and pleaded my case, Called to the stand God's saving grace, The blood was presented that covered my sin, Forgiven when mercy walked in. Praise the lord, I stood there and wondered how could this be

That someone so guilty had just been set free.

My chains were broken I felt born again, The moment that mercy walked in, Ooohhh The blood was presented that covered my sin, forgiven when mercy walked in.

In this message I hope to show us what Mercy does for us and were going to look at 4 application as to what Mercy is.

1. The first thing Mercy does is - It brings us forgiveness.

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