The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

Grace – Part 5

Sunday, March 1, 2020

“… In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world— just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.” (Colossians 1:6 NIV)

God is love, and grace is his love in action on behalf of his people.  It's a gift from God, and it produces peace.  No wonder the apostle Paul expressed a desire in his New Testament letters that the believers might experience more grace and more peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The more grace a Christian receives from God, the more mature the believer is—the stronger the believer is.  I used to think that the strongest Christian was someone who harrumphed and quoted verses all day long.  Then I learned that the strongest Christian is actually the one who is the most bent over, saying, “Oh God, help me through this hour; help me through this day.  I look to you, God.  I can’t deal with this thing; it’s too big for me.  Please, Lord, I trust you.  I receive from you.”

So how do we receive grace?  If the whole secret of the Christian life is receiving, how do we receive?  It’s by faith.  Doesn't the Bible say, “The just shall live by faith”?  You see, faith receives; you’ve got to trust God to receive from him.  Just think:  How did you receive salvation?  You trusted and you received mercy.  You didn’t do anything; you just trusted in Jesus’ atonement for your sins, and you received forgiveness.  But it’s not just a question of beginning by faith; we have to live the rest of our lives receiving God’s grace by faith.

And as we receive God’s grace by faith, it goes right back out again.  We begin to bless people, saying, “I have so much from God, that I have to give some to you!”  The Lord wants us to live this way; not just when we begin our walk with him; but every day and every hour of our lives.  

If you know that you need to receive more grace from the Lord, you can start today.  Just ask in faith, and receive it in Jesus’ name.

Read Colossians 1:1-6;  2 Corinthians 12:6-9.

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