by James Merritt

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Series: Reel Grace
James Merritt
Romans 3:21-26


1. I want to ask you to do something that is kind of strange for a moment. I want all of you, in unison, to snap your fingers when I say, “One, two, three snap,” snap them. “One, two, three [snap]. Now, I have a question for you. If you could just snap your finger and you could change one thing in the world, would you snap you finger? The answer to the first question is easy. Every one of us would snap our finger and given time there is something we would all change.

2. Depending on your political affiliation, or your spiritual background, or your philosophical worldview, you might change anything from the crime that is in the world, to the disease that is in the world, the wars that are going on in the world, or you might even change climate change.

3. This raises a bigger question, “Why would you want to change anything about this world?” Whether you are Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, religious or non-religious, white or black, rich or poor, there is something we all know instinctively and that is there is a lot wrong with this world. There are a lot of things we would change about this world if we could. You don’t need a Bible to tell you that and you don’t need a pastor to tell you that. There are some things terribly wrong with this world.

4. The question behind all of those questions is, “Why? Why is there so much wrong with this world and how did this world go wrong?” We are in series called, “Reel Grace” that is not only going to answer that question, but it is going to give the solution. The solution in one word is “grace.” It is what John Newton called, Amazing Grace. We are in the Book of Romans and in this magnificent letter that a man, named Paul, wrote to some Christians in Rome he makes the case for grace. He tells us why the world needs grace, why we need grace, why you and I need grace and how grace works.

5. Today, we are going ...

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