Presentation on theme: "A Community of Grace Acts 4:32-37 Becoming the people God made us to be."— Presentation transcript:
A Community of Grace Acts 4:32-37 Becoming the people God made us to be
A snapshot of the early church v33 Great power (activity) Much grace (identity) Not just what we do, but who we are is important Do we live it? Does it work? Is it worth having?
‘much GRACE was upon them all’ Grace = the undeserved kindness and favour of God = the energy of God’s love We are save by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) The Christian life is grace from first to last (Colossians 2:6)
‘much GRACE was upon them all’ Grace speaks of the unconditional love of God ‘Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more… And grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us less… Grace means that God already loves us as much as an infinite God can possibly love us.’ Philip Yancey Amazing Grace Grace reminds us that when God commands, he enables He gave his life for us, that he may give his life to us, and then live his life through us
‘MUCH grace was upon them all’ Much = mega! We should be hungry for more Grace is transforming -It makes us one (v32) -It makes us generous (v32)
‘MUCH grace was upon them all’ It makes us one The grace of God is dangerous. It’s lavish, excessive, outrageous and scandalous. God’s grace is ridiculously inclusive. Apparently God doesn’t care who He loves. He is not careful about the people He calls His friends or the people He calls His church.’ Mike Yaconelli We have the same need, come to the same cross, enter by the same door and drink from the same cup
‘MUCH grace was upon them all’ It makes us generous ‘Charis always demands the answer eucharista (that is, grace always demands the answer gratitude). Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth. Grace evokes gratitude like the voice an echo. Gratitude follows grace as thunder follows lightning.’ Karl Barth Delivered from self-centredness Released into generosity For example, Barnabas This was not law, it was life!
‘much grace was UPON them all’ It comes from outside ourselves It is heavenly in origin and has a divine source It is sovereignly bestowed We can – and should – ask for it ‘The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you… Numbers 6:25 ‘O lord, be gracious unto us; we long for you.’ Isaiah 33;2 We can put ourselves in the way of grace
‘great grace was upon THEM ALL’ Grace is always inclusive We have equal access to the grace of God Some access it more than others Your ‘disqualification’ is in fact your ‘qualification’! Looking after Grace
What is your vision for the church? Remember, not just about what we are doing, but also about what we are becoming Can you see a community of grace? So how would a community of grace bearers act? My guess is by mimicking the graciousness of God that brought it into being. David Grant What does this mean for me? What does it mean for you?