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Grow in Grace - Part 1
God’s desire is that all His Children grow in His Grace. The Christian’s conversion is the start of God’s grace, but the Christian life is growing in God’s Grace.
David Livingstone once said “I’ll go anywhere provided it is forward”.
G = God’s Gift
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: vs 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
God’s grace is His unconditional love toward us. He has demonstrated that love by giving us gracious gifts that are so amazing and undeserving. We have a God that is too good to us, and His love is better than anything this whole world can offer. The Psalmist said “…thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”
AW Tozer said “Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines Him to bestow benefits upon the undeserving. Its use to us sinful men is to save us and make us sit together in heavenly places to demonstrate to the ages the exceeding riches of God’s kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
1. God’s Gift of Love – Romans 5:8
This amazing love is found in Jesus Christ. Through His love, He grants us forgiveness of sin and eternal priceless treasures that fade not away.
a. Jesus – Romans 3:24, 2 Timothy 2:1
b. The Gospel – Acts 20:24
c. Salvation – Ephesians 1:7, Acts 15:11
d. Eternal Life – Romans 6:23
e. Divine Royalty – Romans 8:6-17
f. Repentance – Titus 2:11-12
Note: For God to give all people everywhere the opportunity to turn back to Him is great grace.
2. God’s Gift in Prayer – Hebrews 4:16
It is an absolute privilege to be able to talk to God through prayer and cast our care upon Him.
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
3. God’s Gift in His Calling – Ephesians 3:7, Philippians 3:14
There is no greater calling in life than to have the Creator give us various abilities to use for His glory!
Ephesians 3:7 “Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.”
4. God’s Gift in His Service – 1 Peter 4:8-10
1 Peter 4:10 “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
5. God’s Gift of His Strength & Power
2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
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