67 | Grace — Chuck Knows Church

We fold our hands and bow our heads and thank thee for our daily bread, amen. I was just saying grace. Its something we always say at the dinner
table, right before we eat Our family grace. We just– what’s happening? Why is this happening, what’s going on? You’re new here aren’t you? Yeah, here’s a rule on set; we don’t touch Chuck’s food. Just letting you know, don’t go. Stay right there. Just don’t go anywhere. Next time, don’t touch food. As a theological term however grace likely means something completely different. It could be something that regenerates
and inspires virtuous impulses or are something that gives us strength
to endure and resist temptation. There are many interpretations and that’s why we’re taking a little
closer look at grace and what it might mean to you on this episode Chuck Knows Church. [Begin intro music] [spinning… ahhh dizzy!] Some see grace or divine grace as the bestowing of blessings; the free
and unmerited favor of God manifested in the Salvation on sinners. Or an
undeserved mercy that God gave to humanity by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross the
deliverance of eternal salvation… [swoosh]
oh alright Thank you guys. The new guy has got game. Ah, alright. Grace can be defined as the love and
mercy given to us by God because God wants us to have it. Not
because of anything we have done to earn it. As United Methodists say in our
baptismal liturgy, “all this is God’s gift offered to us without price”. John Wesley, the founder of
the Methodist movement, described God’s grace as three fold. Prevenient grace, justifying grace and sanctifying grace. Prevenient grace is God active in our lives, prevenient meaning coming ahead of time. Prevenient grace is the movement of God’s grace drawing us toward justifying and sanctifying grace. Now, justifying grace reconciles, pardons and restores us to a relationship with God. Through the work of God in Christ our sins are forgiven and our relationship with God is restored. Again, this too is a gift. God’s grace alone brings us into relationship with the Creator. We are only asked to respond in faith. And sanctifying grace… Salvation is not a static one-time event, it’s a gracious essence transforming us into the fullness of what God wants us to be, holy in heart and in life. And when we share in fellowship with other Christians we deepen our knowledge of and our love for God. As it is written in Ephesians 2: 8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not your own doing it is the gift of God, not the result the works so that no one may boast.” If you’d like to know more be sure to ask your pastor. Tell them Chuck sent you. And you know what, you can have that
sandwich. It looks delicious I’ll just have maybe a chip or two. Maybe…

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