starting point: DEAL
Deal: An agreement – between two or more – for mutual benefit
We often want to bargain with God, but also often, we don’t keep our end of the deal anyway.
2 assumptions we make about God:
· Assumption 1: God knows you exist.
· Assumption 2: You have something God wants.
Grace: Free and unmerited favor
Grace is not looking for something good in you. Grace is looking for something good in God.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins… - Ephesians 2:1 NIV
It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat… - Ephesians 2:1-3 MSG
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. - Ephesians 2:4 NASB
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. – Ephesians 2:5 NIV
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith– and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
3 Questions for personal reflection:
1. How will you determine where you stand with God?
· Your behavior?
· God’s grace?
2. What standard will you use to determine where you stand with God?
· What you do for you?
· What God has done for you?
3. Most people respond to the idea of unconditional grace with, “But what about…?”
· What’s your “But what about…?”