To the Brim

Ever ask a child to fill up your glass? Filled to capacity, carrying it across the room – -trying not to spill it.

What makes Christianity different from other religions?  Grace – CS Lewis
“Sufficient” – more than adequate;  grace >= the need
Its Enough for our Salvation Ephesians 2:4-8

  • Rags to Riches chapter – “exceedingly” – “immeasurable”
  • Ocean 36 x 1014 gallons / Sand: 75 x 1016 7.5 quadbillion / Stars: 70 x 1021 70 sextrillion

* Nicky Cruz Story – from gang leader to a child of the Lord

It Empowers Us to Serve God – (saved for a purpose) 2 Corinthians 9:8

  • grace = power source / battery – enables us / energizes us
  • If you don’t have the power of God – you’re not living in grace
  • You cannot serve effectively without grace…if you have grace, you will serve (and vice versa)

* illustration: microphone unplugged – useless

* I Corinthians 15:10 – grace gives a new identity – I am somebody
It Establishes Us in Suffering

– Suffering / pain is not good in and of itself…only when mixed with grace. (great potential)

  • I Peters 5:10 – Developing, strength, setting
    • “Grace is God’s perfect policy of dealing with sinful man.”
    • Suffering is a conduit for God’s hand to shape us
    • Suffering : that God doesn’t care and that God is mad at me.
    • Suffering = God’s refining – seven times (gold) 10k, 14k, 18k, 24k, (pure)
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