Good Grace – The Preach Off

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This weekend’s service ended with a song called, “Good Grace.” Before I was played, Ben Snyder encouraged us to live by grace and not by perfection. I don’t know about you, but I find it easy to bounce between the two.

While I know that my relationship with God is made possible through Jesus, I still find myself trying to prove that I am worthy of it. That isn’t what grace is, though. Grace is unmerited. It is mercy (favor) that God gave us by sending his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross. This is what restores our standing with him and secures our eternal salvation from sin.

As I listened to the song from this weekend’s service, there was one part that jumped out to me: “Fix your eyes on this one truth—God is madly in love with you.”

As I thought about God being madly in love with me, I was reminded how critical that truth is to live in grace. God loves us, not because of the good we do, but because we are his. He created us to share in his goodness and experience his love, and he still desires us to experience it today.

John 3:16
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 4:9-10
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Isaiah 54:10          
“For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

Romans 5:8          
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

1 John 4:8  
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Questions:
Do you find yourself trying to be perfect or earn God’s acceptance?

How do you define grace?

Have you accepted God’s grace in your life?

NextSteps:
As you enter this weekend, take some time and reflect on the above verses and the song “Good Grace.” Write down the words and key phrases that jumped out to you. Reflect on what it is about them that stands out to you.

If you have questions about how you can have a relationship with Jesus and accept his Grace, talk to someone. Your campus staff, a DreamTeam Leader, or a Group Leader would love to tell you how. Or fill out this online connect card and indicate that you have a question.

Prayer:
Dear God, When I think about you being madly in love with me, I am overwhelmed. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die for me so I can know you and be in a relationship with you. As I take steps to know you more and experience your love more, help me share that love with those around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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