Rare Christianity: Grace, Kristian Carlson, Faith Community Church, Sep 15, 2013

Kristian moves into our next topic in Rare Christianity. Grace: that favor of God, which is His blessing, loving kindness and sustaining gift of life; is often taken for granted. Because we forget our grave state, how much we needed grace before Christ, we neglect to relish it, and then forget to extend this hope and favor to others who really need it. When grace is understood personally it impacts us as a church and then transforms communities. Kristian will use the grace picture of Philemon, the Christian from Colassae who had to deal with a run-away bond slave who had wronged him, to demonstrate God’s call to live out and extend grace. The imprisonment Paul faced, and the bondage in slavery that Onesimus, the run-away faced, was of minimal difficulty compared to the painful reality of bondage to sin, self and evil that we face apart from Jesus. When we appropriate the gift of His salvation, we are motivated in freedom & in love, to share the Gospel boldly and compassionately. It is God who saved us by His grace that we would do good & touch our world with the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. Families, friendships, cities, & organizations brought back from the brink by the God who loves to pour out grace.

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