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Series: Amazing Grace
If you have the Word of God I want you to turn to Ephesians 2:8. We are beginning a new series today on "Amazing Grace". You cannot understand the Christian walk apart from understanding grace. Grace is what God is all about, aren't you thankful for that? Where would we be without God's amazing grace? Well, Ephesians 2 tells us where we are without God's amazing grace that we are dead in trespasses and sin. So this morning we are going to be looking at what God says about "Saving Grace".
I am going to begin some common sayings of American culture and I want you to finish them, all right? That way I will know you are awake! If it sounds too good to be true ----- it is. We make money the old fashioned way ---- we earn it. There is no such thing as a free ---- ride or lunch. And this is one that is very well worn; God helps those who help ---- themselves.
Everything about the American way of life teaches us that what we get in life, you earn. You work for it. We know what it means to work hard in America. We call this the American work ethic. It emphasizes competition and discipline and pulling your self up by your own boot straps. And the only problem when it comes to saving grace and understanding how we are saved is that God doesn't work by the American work ethic where salvation is concerned.
In salvation it is not what we have done, but what He has done. The Bible says in Psalm 145:8, "God is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger in rich love." Now think about that, God is a gracious God. God loves to be gracious to you and to me. God is rich in mercy and in forgiveness. And so if you understand the heart of God, then you understand what Paul meant when he said we are saved by grace. And of course, the Baptist anthem is "amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I am found, was blind but now I see." ...
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