Jul 19, 2009
A Grace Centred Church
Ephesians 2: 8-9 says,
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
What is Grace? It is the unmerited favor of God. You do not deserve it, but God did it (by providing salvation) regardless of whether you believe it or not. It is not based on our performance, but it is based on the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross. It is based on relationship - He being our Abba Father, and we his children (john 1:12).
"We are saved" - means we are saved from our sins, healed of our sicknesses, delivered from the power of Satan, freed from the bondage of poverty. And all these are by the Grace of God, and His Grace alone.
Jesus work + my works = Nothing
Jesus work + none of my works = Everything
All the above Salvation - "is a Gift of God"
All the above Salvation - "is not of our own Works" (so that we cannot boast / glory in anything)
Every Praise and Glory belongs to God and Him alone because Jesus accomplished everything, and we did nothing to earn the Salvation.
You are saved because of the Work of Jesus at the Cross.
You are healed because of the same Work.
You are delivered and prospered because of the same Work.
For years, we were told that you need to fast enough, worship enough, pray enough - so that these blessings can be yours. We were so Wrong!!
Fasting, Worship and Prayer is Very, very important - but we have done them for the Wrong reasons.
We are in transition to transform Charisma Assembly from a "Legalistic Centred church" into a "Grace Centred church".
You are blessed (Eph 1:3),
ps: There is a church in KL that had made the transformation and if you are in KL, you can go to Renewal Lutheran Church.
But if you are in Segamat, Johor, you are welcome to a Grace Centred Church.
Some scriptures to think about:
Salvation is by grace alone and nothing else, if not Jesus work on the Cross is not enough for salvation.
Act 15:10 Now therefore why do you tempt God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples, a yoke which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, according to which manner they also believed.
Eph 2:5 (even when we were dead in sins) has made us alive together with Christ (by grace you are saved)
Eph 2:8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,
2Ti 1:9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the eternal times.
Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men