“Why do you teach grace?” is something I’ve been asked a few times now.
I pastor at Moray Grace Fellowship and people here me talking about grace, so they want to know why grace is so important to me.
Well there is an easy answer for that; grace is about Jesus.
In fact grace is Jesus!
When Paul wrote to Titus he wrote about Jesus.
In Titus 2 v 13 and 14 he speaks of Jesus and about what He has done through the cross.
But first in verse 11 he writes about the grace of God appearing to all men; the verses following show us clearly that this is talking about Jesus.
Jesus has indeed appeared and has brought the possibility for salvation for all men.
So there it is in black and white in the Bible, grace is Jesus.
Grace is not a doctrine and grace is not a teaching style.
Grace is a person and He is Jesus Christ.
If you are preaching about Jesus and His finished work then you are preaching about grace, so hopefully most of the preachers in the body of Christ today should be grace preachers just like me!
I love Jesus so I love grace, and I am happy to be labelled as one of those “grace preachers”.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you that He came to bring the possibility for salvation for all men”.
Titus 2 v 11…..For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men
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This is an excellent course to use with young believers.
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There was a sermon I gave years ago that many people have as their favourite; it was a sermon saying that we do not need to tithe.
To tithe was to give 10% (or whatever percentage your theology calculated it to) of everything you had to the temple; in our case this would be the church.
Many liked this probably as they thought I was saying they did not need to give to the church.
That is not true as the next message I gave showed people how they really should be giving financially into the kingdom.
Jesus came to fulfil the law and we now live under the New Covenant so we are indeed no longer under the tithe.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus raises the bar with regards to things of the law.
For example the law says not to kill, Jesus says even thinking about it now is now a problem.
In the same way adultery was against the law, but now Jesus says thinking about it is an issue.
In the same way then I wonder if giving under the New Covenant is like this, in that maybe the bar has maybe been raised.
Maybe we need to give more than 10% (or whatever percentage the tithe was).
All I know for sure is that under the New Covenant we should give financially and it should be our choice and we should give cheerfully.
Maybe the percentage is not that important!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that all we have is from you and thank you that we can give some of this back into the Kingdom”
2 Corinthians 9 v 7…..Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver