“Living By The Grace of God”: Minister Jaazer Webster

By April 30, 2013Sermon Notes

1) **God has an important role for each of us to play in the Kingdom of God. Do you know your Role?

Romans 12:4-8

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it inour ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

1 Corinthians 12:22-23

 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,

 

2) **Social Loafing

Definition:  The tendency of certain members of a group to get by with less effort than what they would have put when working alone. Its two common manifestations are (1) Free-rider effect, where some members do not put in their share of work under the assumption that others’ efforts will cover their shortfall, and thus cause (2) Sucker effect, where the other (fully performing) members lower their efforts in response to the free-riders’ attitude.

 

**No free-riders, No suckers!

 

Grace

**(J.I. Packer, “God’s Words”) “Grace is God’s undeserved favor, his unmerited love” It is something that God gives us or does for us or enables us to do that we did not in any way earn, or deserve, or merit.”

 

“Grace”  defined as “the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life.”

 

In this sense grace can be seen as the power of God working in us to enable us to do and be what he wants us to be. It is God’s grace that makes it possible for us to live in obedience to his will.

 

It is the grace of God that gives undeserving sinners the access to a relationship with God.

Eph 2:8-9(NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

 

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Gods grace reminds us that we are on an equal playing field. This takes away the ability for boasting/pride.

Titus 3:1-7

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

**The people who seem like the most unlikely candidates for salvation are often at the top of God’s list.

2 Corinthians 12:9

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

**In moments where we may feel inadequate, his grace is enough. His strength is at its best.   We must choose to live in the strength of His grace and not our own strength.

 

1 Corinthians 15:10

 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.