Sermon on Sunday, January 27, 2013 by Pastor Thomas Tate
EXPERIENCING GOD’S GRACE
Calvary Baptist Church Is
A Place Where Jesus Reigns,
The Bible Rules and
God’s Grace Can Be Experienced
- WHAT GRACE ISN’T
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,”
have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?
If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
- GRACE BEGINS WITH A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF SELF
But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
- GRACE BEGINS WITH A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF SELF AND GOD
“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
- GRACE BEGINS WITH A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF SELF AND OTHERS
“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
- GRACE IN THE CHURCH CREATES A LOVING AND SERVING CHURCH
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
- GRACE BUILDS UP THE CHURCH
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
- GRACE PUTS OTHERS FIRST
For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;
- GRACE MAKES YOUR SPEECH TASTEFUL
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
- GRACE BRINGS GLORY TO GOD
For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
1. Have you ever felt judged by others? When? Have you ever judged someone else because they looked different than you, maybe they wore a hat or jeans and a tee shirt in church?
2. Do you believe that your style of worship music is right and other styles are wrong? What is that based on, scripture or personal opinion? Read James 2:9. What have you committed if you think your opinion is better than someone else’s?
3. Read James 2:5-8. Why do we usually spend so much time trying to keep those that are most difficult and critical happy over those that are nice, helpful and supportive, but maybe quieter? How can we change that?
4. Grace begins with a proper understanding of self. Read Romans 3:21-24. How does this verse and understanding our own sinfulness make us more gracious? Do we sometimes forget how far we have come? Explain.
5. Grace begins with a proper understanding of self and God. Read Zechariah 12:10. Whose sin put Jesus on the cross? What if you were the only one to sin, would Jesus still need to die on the cross? How should understanding God’s grace for us make us more gracious towards others?
6. Grace begins with a proper understanding of self and others. Read Luke 6:42. Have you ever judged or called someone out for something you were guilty of as well? How does brokenness and humility effect how we treat others?
7. Grace in the church creates a loving and serving church. Read Hebrews 10:23-25. Why do you come to church? How often should we attend? What does this passage say that our purpose at church should be? How does grace stimulate others to serve and do good? What then would a church without grace produce?
8. Do you look for the positive or find the negative? Do you speak most often about what going right or wrong? Why? Could it be how your parents were?