There’s a reason why God has to save anyone by grace, and grace alone, and not anything we can do.
The apostle Paul uses two “heroes” from the OT to prove this point in Romans 4, Abraham and David. He shows through their lives that even they were made right – justified – through God’s act of grace, not their efforts and achievements. They lived by faith and stood on grace, because only God can “make beauty out of ugly things” (U2), or in Paul’s words, “God justifies the ungodly.”
The good news of the gospel is that grace and life comes to screw-ups and failures. In other words, God justifies the wicked, not the winsome; the ungodly, not the unblemished
“God justifies the wicked, not the winsome; the ungodly, not the unblemished.” – Chris Gensheer
“Not only am I completely incapable of making God love me more, I’m equally incapable of making him love me less.” – Scotty Smith
“An idol is pursuing something you want, but don’t possess; your boast is holding on to something you have, but don’t want to lose.” – Chris Gensheer
“To “credit” righteousness is to bestow a positive, not merely forgive a negative.” – Chris Gensheer
“I’m much more interested in grace because I’m really depending on it.” – Bono
“Grace makes beauty our of ugly things.” – Bono
Christ Church Mansfield exists to love God, connect people, serve the city, and reach the world with the transforming power of the Gospel in Mansfield, Arlington, Midlothian, Burleson, Cedar Hill, Fort Worth and Dallas TX, and beyond.
Member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the Southwest Church Planting Network, and The Gospel Coalition.
Skeptics, curious, misfits, and mavericks welcome!
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