Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor
Amazing grace – what’s so amazing about it? Grace is amazing because it’s not of this world! Grace is the gift that cost everything to the giver and nothing to the receiver. Grace is given to those who don’t deserve it! If you think you deserve God’s grace, you are so wrong!
The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that we, you and I, are all guilty of sin. Al of us! No one is exempt. Jesus came to save those who admit the truth of their sinfulness before God. Jesus is the only one who is righteous, pure, holy, perfect in every way, and who has never sinned. Now here’s the wonder of grace. From the murder of a perfect man – Jesus – God’s plan to rescue mankind comes about. Ephesians 2:9 tells us that:
- Grace is NEEDED – Ephesians 2:1-3
- Grace is GIVEN – Ephesians 2:4-7
- Grace is RECEIVED – Ephesians 2:8-9
Read Ephesians 2:4-5 carefully. Do you see the words love, mercy and grace? Love caused God to intervene. Mercy is God withholding punishment. Grace is the unmerited, unearned favor of God. So, what’s the difference between grace and mercy? Mercy is God NOT giving us what we deserve, and we deserve judgment. Grace is God giving us something we don’t deserve – salvation. Entrance into heaven is limited to those who trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone.
Grace is a free gift. Have you received God’s amazing grace? It’s not too late!