The Wonderful Grace of God
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
January 30, 2000
Now with our Bibles opened to the New Testament book of Titus ... I want to tell you about a man named John. His mother died when he was six years old. His father was a sailor. At the age of eleven .. he too became a sailor.
Well .. that lifestyle resulted in John living a very godless life. He became so wicked that his own father disowned him. After a while .. John began to buy and sell slaves. In fact .. he eventually became a slave and was bought and sold.
God brought some people into John's life who began witnessing to him. They gave him Christian literature and God began working in his life. Well .. one day while on board a ship ... a massive wave came over that ship and swept him into the ocean. The next thing John knew .. he was being tossed about in the sea. John knew he was about to die.
Then suddenly .. something very strange happened. Another wave came and got under John .. lifted him up and tossed him back onto the deck of the ship. Well .. like the prophet Jonah .. God got the attention of John. And on the deck of that ship .. John invited Jesus Christ into his heart to save him.
A few years later .. at the age of 39 .. God called John to be a preacher. John never became a famous preacher .. but he became famous. Not for a sermon but for a song! And how we enjoy singing John Newton's song ...
"Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but not am found, was blind, but now I see."
I don't know a sweeter word .. a more wonderful word than the word grace. Everything we have in Jesus Christ is because of Grace. At the heart of our salvation is grace! The Bible says in Ephesians 2.8, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God."
We've learned during these last few Sunday mornings that we've been given spiritual gifts and those gifts are given ...
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