Our 2021 Theme:
"What's So Amazing About God's Grace"
Submitted by Rev. Dr. George O. Stewart
God created the heavens and the earth. After an awesome creation, He created man for His praise. When we realized His marvelous work, man disobeyed God and was separated from Him. (Sin separates.)
In order to get back to God, there was a way prepared before the foundation of the world. Jesus said, "I am the way..." No man can get back to God - man's way! It must be God's way! God's way is a person, and that person is His Son; Jesus, the Christ!
God's love for us has been shown to us by His amazing grace. Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus declares that we are saved by grace through faith!
Let's see if we can define grace. Grace is God's unmerited favor. We are saved by His grace. This Good News was given to us by God's prophets in the Old Testament Scriptures. Thank God for the fulfillment... "in the fullness of time..."
All believers are to enjoy the gift of grace and peace. God saves us by His grace when we believe. God makes us right with Himself when we believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ! In the same way that sin ruled over man, God's grace and righteousness is ruling now.
Let's rejoice! God's love forgives all sin when we believe the Gospel! The more we love Him the less we love sin. That is such Good News! The Father declared that we are righteous through the Son when He freed us from the penalty of sin. Jesus paid it all!... that makes grace amazing!
We do not change to become saved. We change because we are saved! Where sin abound, grace did much more abound! We will run out of sin long before God runs out of grace!
The love that God has for us has been shown through the sacrifice God designed through His Son. The death of Christ for man's sin satisfied the demands of God's holiness and righteousness relative to the sin question and the offending sinner.
Therefore, all who come to God -through faith - on the basis of that gracious cross work - receive the forgiveness of sins, the gift of eternal life, and are given a perfect standing in God's sight.
That's amazing grace! God can have no dealing with man until his sin is removed. Only the blood of Christ is sufficient to remove the stain of sin (grace).
But for the grace of God!
Pastor George O. Stewart