The word “Thanks” means “expression of gratitude.” Thanksgiving is a “public celebration of divine goodness; a day set apart… to acknowledge the goodness of God, either in any remarkable deliverance from calamities or danger, or in the ordinary dispensation of His bounties” (Webster, 1828).
“What are you thankful for?” This time of year, people often ask this question. I really love Thanksgiving because of this question. It gives me a chance to pause and reflect on how God has blessed me. During the month of November, you often see on social media the “30 days of Thanksgiving.” This is an abbreviated version.
Today, and next week, we are going to be looking at Romans 6. This chapter has been described as the Christians Emancipation Proclamation. Christians are free from Satan’s intimidation and sin’s domination. Romans 6 contains two questions in verses 1 and verses 15. This week, we will look at the first question that Paul asks. This question addresses those who fail to claim their liberty and continue to live like slaves. Those who nullify grace. Next week we will look at the second question that is addressed to those who take their freedom and liberty too far. The response to both is “MAY IT NEVER BE!”
let’s consider a coffin. When you are dead, you aren’t thinking about the coffin. You aren’t thinking about if you are comfortable, what your make-up looks like, what others think of you. Because… you’re dead. However, if you were alive and put in a coffin, you are definitely not comfortable. I can’t imagine a more uncomfortable place to be. When looking at Ephesians 2:1-10, Warren Wiersbe talks about the difference between grave clothes and grace clothes. That is how we will frame our discussion today.
In the first message in the series on Grace, Pastor Chuck examines God's Grace in the Old Testament. He looks at the life of Jonah, the writings of David in Psalms, and then David's action in 2 Samuel 9 towards the last surviving member of Saul's family. Grace is "unmerited favor" and is a thread throughout all of Scripture.
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