receiving grace

Lake Raystown MistAmazing grace, how sweet the sound

that saved a wretch like me

I once was lost but now am found

Twas blind but now I see.

If you are like me, you know at least one verse of this song by heart. I’m certain that I heard the song in my childhood, and even more certain that I would have heard it within the first month of attending church at age 12.

Hearing it is one thing…understanding is another. Accepting Jesus Christ as my savior was something I did at 12 due to fright. The church we attended was big on scaring people into heaven. While I’m certainly glad that He has been with me all these years, the way I came about my faith left a lot to be desired.

Grace became the subject of a song or something that was recited before a meal…but that’s about it.

Fast forward 32 years. After a life of trying so hard to be perfect, because after all, that’s what Christians do, I was on the verge of claiming there was no God. And thank God, He wouldn’t have it. He sent some amazing servants into my path. Things happened. The Holy Spirit moved in my life. I began attending church again.

But the most amazing thing happened. I learned that grace was something different than what I thought it was. Grace was God’s way of letting me know that in spite of how hard I tried, I could never get there on my own. I needed Jesus. A relationship with him. I needed to learn that no matter what I carried with me, His grace was there to get me through it. There is no perfection on earth, regardless of what I thought.

The last two years have been interesting…running, hiding, surrendering, accepting, learning. I could go on and on. God’s grace has truly been bestowed on me in more ways than I ever thought possible. I had wanted to write for a long time, and so out of my brokenness, RECEIVING GRACE was born, and now is being re-born asĀ grace.on.cue.

Bibliography
Newton, John. “Amazing Grace.” 1779.

 

 

notes…

My notes from the first session I attended at the Christ Hold Fast Conference in Winter Springs, taken during Preston Sprinkle’s talk on his book “Charis”.

  • grace & obedience are friends
  • Jesus bled radical grace2016-02-23 12.12.14
  • the church is known for the very things Jesus stood against
  • we need to redeem the reputation of what Jesus stood for
  • the term “grace” has become too overused and generalized
  • biblical grace is not just leniency
  • unconditional acceptance makes God appear too passive
  • He is an aggressive God, pursuing people relentlessly
  • the backbone of the Old Testament is grace

Praise God for the opportunity to be there!

 

What is grace?

What is grace?

Grace is that medium by which God sustains our lives.

Grace is what God uses to give us victory over our sin.

Grace is how we are able to meet, greet, and embrace one another.

Grace is not something we should view lightly or just as a word. Grace is a real thing that is a tool. We need to ask Him to give us grace, as well as ask Him to help us show grace to others.

God bless!