by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 328056691


"No Such Thing As A Free Lunch - Or Is There?"
Ephesians 2:8-10
Print 289, CT 111032

GRACE is a beautiful word, isn't it? When you say GRACE, it sounds good.
When we sing "Amazing Grace" there is something that just lifts us. It is found two
hundred times in the Bible. No one has ever completely defined it. The Greek used
the term when you did something extra nice for a friend. Jesus brought it to a new
level; it was something you did for an enemy.
Three things about grace can absolutely set you free. First of all, understand
what it means when it talks about grace to me and grace to you. What is it to receive
grace? The Lord's Word is pointing out to us that man has a problem. Turn to Verse 1,
chapter 2, of Ephesians.
1. "As for you, you were dead in your
transgressions and sins,
2. In which you used to live when you
followed the ways of the world.
3. All of us also lived among-hem.- at one time. Lik~e
the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath."
Man has a problem. Several years ago Jewish Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote a
book called Whv Do Bad Things Happen To Good People? His basic premise was that
almost everyone was good, but had bad things happening to them. The book was a
nationwide best seller, but he missed a point. Theologically, biblically, not all of us are
good. In fact, God's Word says that all of us by nature were subjects of wrath. We
were dead in trespasses and sin. Somebody put it this way: "We don't have to worry
about too many people trying to earn their salvation. Most people in America assume
the fact that they are pretty good and that they are going to make it." It is an assumed
thing. In comparison to the neighbors we know and the people we read about in the
papers, we assume that we are not too far from being good enough for God to just
accept us anyway. No, that is why ...

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