2 Peter 3:18
Disagreements in the Church happened in the early Church and have continued today. There are disagreements documented throughout the book of Acts. God’s grace helped these Christians and it continues today.
- 2 Peter 3:18- Peter encourages us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. This tells us that we have a part in growing in grace. It’s easy to see how we grow in knowledge, but it isn’t as easy to growth in grace.
- We probably think that God pours out the grace and that this enables us to have the fruit of the Spirit
- Unmerited favor
- Any kindness, favor or service freely rendered
- Never defined as something earned or deserved
Grace defined in terms of Justice, Mercy, and Grace
- Justice – when we get what we deserve
- Mercy- when we don’t get what we deserve
- But Grace is when we get what we don’t deserve – Thoughts by Barbara Johnson
All of us would deserve punishment but through mercy and grace we get blessings
Grace defined by Brother Michael Lewis
- Grace is god’s unrequested gift
- To undeserving sinners
- Of unearnable forgiveness And unfailing power
Grace is God’s unrequested gift
God made the first move
- 1 Peter 1:20
- Eph. 1:3
To undeserving sinners
- Romans 3:9-10
- Romans 3:22-24
- Of unearnable forgiveness
- Eph. 2:8-9
- 2 Cor. 5:21
And unfailing power
- Romans 6:3-5 -only God’s power can accomplish our salvation to a resurrection with him
- 2 Cor. 5:17 – we are a new creation
- Heb. 4:16 – we can approach the throne with confidence to receive mercy and grace to help us in our trials
- 1 John 1:7 – The blood purifies us from all sin continually.
—Robert Lee, 9-14-08, a.m.