October
04
Author
Simon Redmill
A Culture of Grace

We've just launched our refreshed vision statement.

Grace Church exists “to know, love and worship our Heavenly Father and to see Jesus change thousands of lives by the power of the Holy Spirit”.

The first of these is Grace, which I spoke about on Sunday.

Grace is simply amazing!

Grace is God’s love in action.

Grace is not a concept or a set of beliefs….it’s a person: “for the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2 v 11) Who has appeared? Jesus! Jesus is the very personification of grace.

Grace is what (or who!) saves us: “It is by grace you have been saved” Ephesians 2 v 8

Grace is undeserved, unmerited and unconditional and it’s what sets Christianity apart from any other religion in the world.

On Sunday I spoke about 10 implications of Grace in the church:

1. Grace is how we grow in our faith (not just get saved)

2. Grace makes us grateful for what God has done for us

3. Grace displaces sin and helps us say “no to ungodliness”

4. Grace frees us from condemnation

5. Grace makes us secure in God

6. Grace frees us from ungodly striving

7. God enable us to forgive quickly

8. Grace is a leveller

9. Grace makes us patient….but also to speak the truth in love

10. Grace empowers us for Mission.

To develop a ‘culture of grace’ is essentially to understand God’s lavish grace to us, and then to display and reflect that to others, both inside and outside of the church. What a privilege.

Grace really is amazing and changes everything!

With much love

Simon

P.S Join us next Sunday 9th October as Joe unpacks what it means to have a culture of the presence of God.