From Dan McClain…
This Sunday we begin a three week sermon series titled Grace. One of the ways I reflect on grace is to think of the ways that grace has been extended to me in the past. Grace has been extended to me in small ways, like a overdue library book having a grace period before I am fined. Grace has been extended to me in big ways, through the forgiveness I receive from my wife, Holly, when I have failed or sinned against her. And yet, greater than all this is the grace that is provided for us from God.
In week 1 we are going to learning about God’s grace as made evident through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I would like to encourage you to take time this week to think about times in your life where other people have extended grace to you. I would also like to encourage you to read through Romans 3:19-26 and reflect on God’s grace.
Romans 3:19-26 (ESV)
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being[a] will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.