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CORE VALUES OF SUGAR CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH
PART 3 - GRACE, September 3, 1995
By Pastor Fenton Moorhead
Thank you Mark, I appreciate Mark's testimony. We want to be a Biblically functioning community, a family of faith, where God's grace abounds, God's grace is obvious. And as Mark was singing about God's mercy, grace is the expression of God's mercy, and it is the only way that any of us can come to God. And so it's so important that we recognize, God is a gracious God, and our relationship to Him is based on grace.
If you look at your outline, the scripture at the top is John 1:14, and verses 16 and 17. I'd like for us to read that this morning at the very beginning, at the basis of where we're going, in the book of Romans, to look at our core value, grace. We're looking at our core values, asking the question, what is important, why are we who we are as a family of faith?
And we've thought of S, stand for Simplicity, the simplicity there is in Christ in the gospel, that we exist to demonstrate the hope of Jesus Christ to all people, in terms they can understand, the simplicity of the gospel.
And then U for Unction, or the pouring out of God's Spirit, that our power comes from God, not from the world, not from man, and we are dependent upon God's anointing to do His work, without Him we'd do nothing.
And today we come to G, for Grace, God's unlimited, undeserved blessing and favor that He pours out on those who humble themselves, and admit their condition in sin. And so we are indeed a community of grace.
John 1:14, would you stand with me, and would you read with me aloud the scripture this morning. Read with me please, "The Word became flesh, and made His dwelling among us, we have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. From the fullness of His grace we have all received, one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, grace ...
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