When your pastor preaches right to your heart about the grace of God that is from above, it must be shared. There's just nothing else to write today after hearing his sermon.
So that's made me decide that through this month, I'll have my Sunday posts be ones where I share someone else's work with you. (Not that I won't do that on other days, but Sundays will definitely be a day to expect it.) Whether it be an article or a book or a sermon, I want to invite you to listen in on other conversations about grace.
Our church has been such a sweet gift from God. His grace brought us to this community, and His grace allows us to start each week among a sweet body of believers together gaining a deeper love for the Lord, for His Word, for the gospel, and for our neighbors. I leave our worship service each week with greater amazement of God and His grace.
Today we looked at Romans 3 and focused on verses 23 and 24, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."
It was a beautiful sermon and I urge you to go listen to it (...as soon as the podcast is up. But in the meantime you should definitely listen to some other ones from Immanuel. They will seriously change your life and make you fall in love with Jesus.) I didn't take many notes because of a squirmy little Katherine, so I don't have much to share for you here from it, but I just want to invite you to listen to Pastor Ray talk about Grace from Above.
At the beginning of his sermon, Ray said, "By His grace and for His glory-live well for Jesus and die well for Jesus." After the tragedy that took place this past week and other reminders that this is not our home, those words are comforting and reassuring and powerful. It is wonderful to be reminded that in living and in dying, His grace sustains and His glory can be made known. God works in it all and uses it all.
Ray also said, "Grace includes, honors, rewards." May we be people of grace this week. May we see grace as a gift. And may we be people that display the beautiful grace from above to a world that desperately longs for it.