Reconciliation Begins with Grace

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Can you think of a time when you messed up big time—but then somebody who could have been super angry showed you grace instead?

“They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.” Romans 1:19-23 NLT

“No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies. Snake venom drips from their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace. They have no fear of God at all.” Romans 3:11-18 NLT

”For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” Romans 3:13 NLT

Sermon Insights:

God created humans to take good care of the world he created. The problem is, we took the freedom he gave us and used it turn away from God and be our own gods. The result? We’ve made a huge mess of things. And yet, the very one whom we rejected—God—has stepped in to fix the mess we made. That’s a lot of grace, isn’t it?

Why do people say no to God’s authority over their lives?

When we follow our own desires instead of God’s commands, what usually happens?

Grace is God’s unearned favor through which he offers us forgiveness and gives us new life in place of the life we’ve messed up. What’s a time that God showed you grace when you had messed things up?

Since we get grace from God, does that mean we should keep right on sinning and messing up our life?

Lord, thank for your grace. I’ve made a mess of my life in some serious ways. There have been times that I’ve said no to your authority. I’ve tried to be the boss of my life and call my own shots, pretending like I don’t need you. But I do need you. And I really, really need your grace. Thank you so much for the grace you give me each day.