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Grace

06 Nov

I preached on Sunday about God’s incomparable grace. I used the text from John 8:1-11 about Jesus freeing a woman caught in the act of adultery. This was an important message and I thought I’d post a few notes.

1. Many were angry with Jesus because He lived opposite of the world’s ways.

2. The world we live in is one where grace is almost non-existent. Jesus breaks the world’s system because He offers grace when the world does not.

3. The world confronts sin. Grace also confronts sin. The world confronts sin in order to condemn the person. Grace confronts sin in order to free, heal, and save the person.

4. The world knows Christians as being extreme “moralists”, acting as if they are better than others. The ones responsible for this false perception are Christians who live by rules rather than grace.

5. The ONLY key to living a better morality is to live by grace and offer grace. Jesus was (and is) perfect, yet still chose to offer grace. We must follow His example. If we live by grace, the world will be changed.

6. God’s commandment to cease sinning comes AFTER He offers grace, not before. Do not mess up this order. Your life depends on it!

7. Let us be defined as a people who live by God’s grace in every area of our lives.

I hope this post was helpful to you. How are you needing to live by His grace today? Feel free to comment!

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Posted by on November 6, 2011 in Life, Love, Ministry, Religion, Uncategorized

 

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13 responses to “Grace

  1. savedbygrace

    November 7, 2011 at 12:37 am

    4. The world knows Christians as being extreme “moralists”, acting as if they are better than others. The ones responsible for this false perception are Christians who live by rules rather than grace

    – I couldn’t agree more

    5. The ONLY key to living a better morality is to live by grace and offer grace. Jesus was (and is) perfect, yet still chose to offer grace. We must follow His example. If we live by grace, the world will be changed.

    – You hit it right at its heart. very true

    grace and peace

     
  2. Chary

    November 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    6. God’s commandment to cease sinning comes AFTER He offers grace, not before. Do not mess up this order. Your life depends on it!

    Thanks for sharing! This order is paramount to how the church treats and deals with people who sympathize, but are not yet born again.

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      November 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

      Agreed.

       
  3. Mel

    November 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I still want to know… What happened to the man?!?!

    The part that stood out for me… You know the ding ding ding ringing moment in your head, was the part about being confronted by both grace and sin. Yes sin confronts you. The consequences that come from sin are loud, painful, and taunting. Sometimes the consequence of sin confronts you so loudly that is is difficult to see or to even he arm, grace come in. But Grace comes in. Grace confronts you. Yes, there may still be consequences, yet there is Freedom! Grace lifts our chins up, lifts our eyes up to the author Of life, and we are able then to overcome the lies that sin left behind.

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      November 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Yes! An important point is this: in a “grace world”, there are STILL consequences to sin, but grace restores the relationship lost by the sin and transforms the person who committed it.

      And, as far as the guy is concerned..I think we’ll have to ask Jesus when we see Him!

       
  4. Michael Moser

    November 7, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Thanks be to God for His grace, for without it we would have no hope at all and still be dead in our trespasses.

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      November 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Yes. Thanks to God!

       
  5. Joshua

    November 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Great post. Where laws & rules only divide, bring competition, burden, and push down, grace unites, frees and lifts. I think if the church had more grace -more Jesus, so much more people would be reached.

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      November 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Agreed!

       
  6. Noel Canales (@vulcanoffdrockr)

    November 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I know i have lived without offering grace to certain people & this was a slap in my face. It isnt about being right & walking the straight path. Even if going down the straight path one deviates. Its to focus less on enforcing the law on everyone & being “God’s enforcers” but extenders of the power of His grace so everyone can get a taste of His power & love that He has for all of us.

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      November 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Yes!

       
  7. Andrew Ruiz (@LOST85)

    November 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    “The ONLY key to living a better morality is to live by grace and offer grace” AMEN!!!

    love the post!! totally agree…Gods message of grace needs to be more transparent in our lives

    currently reading Andy Stanley book “The grace of God”
    “Jonah could never embrace God’s global message of grace – Who are the Ninevites in your life? Who are the people to whom you have a hard time extending grace to?” – page. 117

    amazing!

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      November 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      That’s a fabulous book. I love it!

       

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