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Grace, God's Answer for Perfectionists (5 of 10)
Series: Grace Like Rain Series
I Corinthians 15:9-10
We have been five weeks in this Grace Like Rain series so I think it is time for us to see where we are this weekend. I want to ask you some questions (be really honest.).
1. Do you believe that a person comes into a relationship with God as the result of the gift of grace from God?
2. Do you believe that God saves us not because of anything we have done to earn it but because Jesus died on the cross for our sins?
3. Do you believe that God forgives your sin because of what Jesus did in dying on the cross or because you deserve to be forgiven?
4. Does God love you because you deserve to be loved?
5. Alright then, based on what you know about God's love, his forgiveness and his grace, let me ask you this: How many of you want to please God more than anything else?
6. NOW HERE IS THE CLINCHER: How many of you think God is really pleased with you?
Here is what I have discovered all these years of dealing with thousands of fine Christian people; very few believers actually believe that they are pleasing to God. Most feel at least some degree of forgiveness and maybe a little bit of acceptance from God, but to think that God is actually pleased with them is a whole different matter. And here is the way we think: A person can choose to love you because of their own goodness but to be please with you; don't they have to actually like your performance?
All authentic Christians really do believe that the only way we can be in a right relationship with God is through Christ as the result of faith. We all agree that our salvation is based on the free, unmerited, and undeserved grace of God. We also agree that we enter eternal life and that when we leave this life we are headed for heaven. But the reality is most of us live as though that experience between when we accept Jesus into our lives and when go to heaven is on different terms. It is not ...
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