During childhood, you may have been handed a faith framework through which you began to view the world. For a lot of us, that childhood framework didn't survive the rigors of adulthood. It's not enough to say, "The Bible says . . . ," in the face of real-life tragedy. Adults often need a new starting point.
But the starting point for Christian faith isn't, "The Bible says . . . ." It's better than that. It's Jesus.
“God, if you would just ______________________, I promise...I will never do _________________ again!”
“God if you do _______________, I promise, I will do _________________ for the rest of my life.
TWO ASSUMPTIONS WHEN WE ‘BARGAIN’ WITH GOD
“God doesn't negotiate with you...
because He doesn't need or want something
“He wants something FOR you!”
GRACE – “unmerited favor.
G.R.A.C.E. - God's Riches At Christ's Expense.
Mercy - not getting what we know we deserve.
Grace - getting what we know we don't deserve!!
“Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."
Mark 2:17 (NLT)
“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins." Ephesians 2:1
“You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else." Ephesians 2:2-3
“...is so rich in mercy”
is so rich in mercy...
and He loved us so much,
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life made us alive when he raised Christ from the dead.” Ephesians 2:4-5a (NLT)
“(It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)". v. 5b
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
“What standard will you use to determine where you stand with God?”
YOUR BEHAVIOR or GOD’S GRACE?
DO vs. DONE