Presentation on theme: "Evidence of Grace, Part 2 (Acts 11:19-30) When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true."— Presentation transcript:
Evidence of Grace, Part 2 (Acts 11:19-30)
When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. o Grace (charis) the whole of God's activity; the unearned and unmerited favor of God toward man; the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life Acts 11:23
When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. (KJV) 23 …exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. o prothesis- a determination, plan or will. Involves purpose, resolve, and design. A placing in view or openly displaying something. (Showbread/Bread of Presence) Acts 11:23
Ephesians 2: As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. Isn’t grace all God?
Ephesians 2: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Isn’t grace all God?
Romans 3: But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. Isn’t grace all God?
Ephesians 2: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Isn’t grace all God?
Ephesians 2: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. How do we reconcile our part?
James 2: What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder. How do we reconcile our part?
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” – Jesus (John 14:15) How do we reconcile our part?
Turn to Matthew 19:16- 20:16 Two errant extremes: Legalism Lawlessness (our work) (‘sloppy agape’) Transformed Life Transformed Life How do we reconcile our part?
Romans 5: The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 6: What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Grace is that big!