Saving grace is the free and unmerited operation of God’s person and presence that initiates the spiritual life of God’s people.
God’s saving grace is the unmerited favor of God that reconciles sinners through Jesus Christ. This is not the same as mercy; grace is God’s goodness toward sinners, while mercy is God’s goodness toward sufferers. This grace is sovereign; God gives new spiritual life to whomever he will. This grace is unconditional; God’s saving grace cannot be earned. God’s saving grace is the foundation for God’s gracious gifts and empowerment of the Christian life, nourishing and sustaining us. Finally, this grace is fundamentally the presence of God in covenant with his people.
Nancy Guthrie shows how spiritual emptiness is not a challenge for God in the stories of Creation, Abraham and Sarah, Mary, and the Apostle Paul.
To grow in Christlikeness, we don’t need a fundamentally new approach. We need an old one.
Hell is an infinite sentence, since it’s punishing an infinite crime. And sin is an infinite crime, since it’s treason against an infinite God.
The study of God in the pages of the Bible is both intensely practical and the joy of those who cherish him.
God does terrific things when his preachers limp to and from the pulpit.
I’ve never found that life gets easier. Or better. But I have found that God is with me.
Flattery is excessive; encouragement is exact. One is godly. The other is sin.
Changing how we think about resolutions might help them last through the rest of the year.
Our testimony is not ‘I was a mess; then Jesus showed up; and now I’m not.’