Grace is not just forgiveness, but the power to change. Let’s be a people that live into Grace and allow it to transform our hearts, minds, and actions— making us eager to do what is good for the sake of the Gospel.
The BIG Idea in all the teaching about spiritual gifts in the New Testament is that God’s grace comes to us in the form of a gift, especially tailored for each of us, so that we can use this special ability to strengthen the Church, fulfilling a need, which if unmet, handicaps the Body. (more…)
The more we see/experience God’s grace at work in our lives, the more willing and able we are to forgive others that have wronged us. Conversely, the more we are self-righteous, the less likely we are to forgive others.
We’ve been exploring a new paradigm in our attitude toward salvation lately at FCCPHX. We’ve been challenged with the idea, the possibility, that eternal life is not a future thing, in heaven someday, but a lifestyle and way of living that begins now when we enter into a relationship with our Creator. Jesus called this the life of the eternal age, which he himself ushered in as Messiah. And he defined our overused and seldom understood Christianese term, eternal life, in John 17:3. Go ahead and look it up. I dare you! Jesus’ own definition of eternal life changes everything about our traditional view of eternal life. We live in this eternal age now as Children of God, knowing him, and as Followers of Jesus, his son. (more…)