There are many things I can do as an elder in our local church. I can help a Venezuelan brother pick up his father at O’Hare International Airport in the late December evening/early morning. I can visit someone in the hospital and pray for and with them. I can send a note of encouragement to someone who needs to hear they are making a difference in the lives of others, including mine. But perhaps the most valuable thing I can give someone when I give them love are the truths about God’s love. This morning, the last Sunday of 2019, I have that privilege.
This morning I am preaching at Memorial Baptist Church in Verona, Wisconsin. Our lead pastor and his family are on vacation. God’s Word proclaims many truths about God. I believe one of the most wonderful truths in scripture is that God is gracious. He is full of grace. He gives common grace to all. This common grace includes rain on the just and the unjust. It includes food and the warm of the summer sun. It includes the glorious colors of the rainbow.
But God also gives saving grace. Not all have tasted this grace. John Newton, the author of “Amazing Grace” did. The way of saving grace is through God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus himself told his disciples, in John 14, that if they had seen him, they had seen the Father. He also told them that he was “the Way, the Truth and the Life” and that no one could come to the Father except through him. Saving grace is God’s goodness towards sinners in the person of the Son. Sinners have no claim on, nor reason to expect, divine favor. But God, who is rich in mercy, loved us and sent his Son to die in my place.There are many songs that speak of the grace of God. Some that I love include:
Here is a portion of Bob Kauflin’s song “Grace Unmeasured.” Don’t miss out on this wonderful grace.
Link to Youtube “Grace Unmeasured“: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQPrXHMkiH0
Link to Memorial Baptist Church Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MemorialBaptistChurchVerona/
Titus 2:11-14 (ESV) “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”