Church Words – Mercy
Holiness – Glory – Redemption – Grace
Grace: God___giving____ us something that we _do___ ___not___ deserve.
Mercy: God _not__ ___giving____ us something that we __do__ deserve.
j And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body1 and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.2 4 But3 God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; cit is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
You Were Dead! – Children of Wrath.
If we say that _sin__ is no big deal, then we say that __God__ is no big deal.
Sin: There is an infinitely valuable, powerful, rich, wise, loving God; the ultimate source of happiness, the ultimate source of peace and rest, the soul-satisfying God.
And we say, “I don’t want you…You’re not good enough…I don’t trust you.”
Problem with Sin: There is a completely loving, soul – satisfying, peace giving God in whose presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11), hope, peace, rest, delight!
And you can’t have Him! Sin separates us from God.
Isaiah 59:2 – “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Ephesians 2:4- But God!!!
But3 God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
Life Preserver Illust.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. Eph. 2:8