January 11, 2015 Sermon Notes
Grace Greater | Week 1
Grace Greater Than Our Past
Definition of grace: God’s powerful action in our lives based on His love and purpose, not our actions.
John Stott: Grace is God loving, God stooping, God coming to the rescue, God giving himself generously through Jesus Christ.
He forgets – or doesn’t care for, tend to, dwell in, remain stuck in – the things in the past.
What does grace do to our past?
1. Grace brings to light the worthless things we pursue and transforms them for His glory.
Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. – Francis Chan
2. Grace offers forgiveness of sin and redemption from its consequences.
3. Grace sees Jesus as our identity when we identify ourselves with failure.
4. Grace uses our weakness as an opportunity for God to demonstrate His great power.
2 Corinthians 12:9
5. Grace awakens us from our contentment in past growth toward a greater pursuit of Jesus.
Major Church Emphases #1: Prayer
Prayer opens the doors of our hearts and the doors of our church to God’s grace.
Invitation to the person of the Holy Spirit to work and move.
Confession clears sin.
Submission yields to God’s word and work above ours.
Dependency waits for God’s direction and power and timing.
Casting our burdens casts out fear.
Attachment to Jesus brings fruit.