The Power Of Grace

29th May

But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead (it is only by God’s grace that you have been saved)…. God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a free gift!”

Ephesians 2:4-5,8

Have you ever received something that you didn’t deserve? How did it make you feel? Appreciation, humility, gratitude, or feeling of being loved? Well that is how we should feel, times a million, when we experience God’s grace towards us, His free gift of love towards us.

Sometimes I often wonder why God is so kind to me. I am overcome with all of the above emotions even just thinking about what God gives me when I deserve the opposite. Yet God is love, God is so rich in mercy, He does give life and does pour out His grace freely and limitlessly.

Sin may have had power over us when we were dead in our sins, but by the power of God’s grace, He has reached down and broken sins chains and chords that pull us down and has lifted us up so we now sit with Him in Heavenly places. God’s powerful grace not only has the ability to save us from ours sin but to completely transform us into new creations and sustain us in our walk with Him. Even when we do sometimes visit our old lifestyles, He still has grace to pull us back, lift us up and remind us we are a new creation again! It’s hard to understand why we deserve it, yet we must learn to accept it. Let the power of the grace of God break every chain and burden that’s holding us down in Jesus’ Powerful and Mighty Name so we can live in the fullness of all God has for our lives “and the good things He has planned for us long ago” (v10)!

The Power Of Salvation

28th May

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved….The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and God’s great blessing was upon them all. ”

Acts 4:12, 33

Today’s message is simple. There is no one else that can save us from our sin, apart from Jesus Christ. There is really nothing we can do that will lead us to salvation. Salvation is God’s work alone. There is no formula, no performance, no rituals you have to follow, because salvation is God’s free gift to us. The only way we are saved from living as God’s enemies is by accepting His gift, believing that Jesus is Lord and repenting of bad choices that lead us to live lifestyles in opposition to God! When we accept His gift to us we are adopted into His family and become sons and daughters of the most high God, no longer enemies or slaves to sin, but new creations. We become His family, His bride, and His friends.

As Peter and the other apostles declared, it is because Jesus powerfully rose from the dead, that He could defeat death and sin, and lead us into a life of blessings. However, Jesus does not save us so we can lock ourselves in our room basking in His forgiveness. We are saved to go out and share the good news with others. To proclaim the “powerful resurrection of our Lord Jesus”, and to declare that there is “no other name under by which we can be saved” other than the name of Jesus Christ.

This world needs hope, love and light and it is our job to declare it to a dry and thirsty people. Jesus is the hope of the nations.