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Grace


At Grace Gospel Bible Church, we believe in the Grace of God as the only means of salvation and the only means to live the Christian life. The American Heritage Dictionary defines grace as an "unmerited gift from God." A simple acronym for grace is God's Riches At Christ's Expense.

Salvation

Anyone that has placed their faith in the only true source of Salvation, Jesus Christ (who He is and what He has done), has experienced the grace of God. When the believer places their faith in Jesus Christ (believes that He is the Son of God and that He died in your place), then that believer is declared right before God (Romans 3:23-25 & 28).

Grace is unmerited because you do not deserve it. You do not deserve to be saved by God. But since God is a God of Love, God the Father sent His only begotten Son to be crucified on the cross (John 3:16). Jesus Christ, through His death and resurrection, offers a gift to all men: salvation (1 Timothy 2:4). A gift has already been paid for; you do not offer the giver of the gift money nor do you have to work for it (Ephesians 2:8-9). When receiving a gift, you either receive it or deny it. The same is true for salvation. You can either believe in who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for you and be saved or not believe and not be saved. The decision is entirely up to each individual (John 3:18). If you understand grace as an undeserved favor or unmerited gift, then you can better understand salvation. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He [Jesus Christ] was rich, yet for your sakes He [Jesus Christ] became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich."

The Christian Life

Just like grace is crucial in salvation, grace is just as important in the Christian life. As a believer, someone who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ, to live the Christian life you need the grace of God. At the moment a believer places their faith in Jesus Christ, they are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). The Holy Spirit within the believer now wants to teach the believer how to live the Christian life. The believer should desire to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18). To do this, the believer must rely on the Holy Spirit as a power source in their life. The believer has two natures: the New Divine Nature (received at salvation) and a Sin Nature (the nature all people are born with). The New Divine Nature wants to glorify Jesus Christ and the Sin Nature wants to put the interests of the individual first. This speaks to the power struggle within all believers (Romans 7:14-25). But God, in His love and kindness, offers grace to all believers and victory from the misery of sin. To obtain this grace and victory, the believers must yield control from themselves (the Sin Nature) to the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:3-4). In fact, God commands all believers to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16). To live the Christian life, one needs to understand that it is all by the grace of God. God just desires a dependent attitude trusting in Him (Galatians 2:20, Hebrews 11:6, Jeremiah 17:5-8)
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