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July 19, 2015 - Beyond Deal-Making - Acts 20:17-24

posted Jul 20, 2015, 8:23 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jul 20, 2015, 8:24 AM ]
  • Paul’s vision for his life, and for the Christian Church, was according to the last verse of our text, to “…finish the race…testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
  • Grace, as defined by our Lord and the Apostle Paul, means that God gives us what we need and not what we deserve.
  • We live in a world of deal-making.  You fulfill your responsibility, and the other persons will have to fulfill their responsibilities.  
  • But how are we going to factor love into the deal?  Love is a commitment.  It is an ordering of one’s life around the other.  Deserving has nothing to do with it.
  • The blessing is that God gives us grace – a decision, a commitment to love no matter what.  
  • Let us remember that God’s grace doesn’t mean He gives us what we want.  It means He gives us what we need, and sometimes what we need is to hear, “No.”
  • From the time of Abraham, we were told that we were blessed to be a blessing.  We were loved to be loving.  We received grace in order to give grace. 
  • Let us stay the course and finish our life of faith the way we began, testifying to the grace we have received.  Let us continue to join others in our community who are devoted to giving people what they need.

Pastor Jim Spon | Acts 20:17-24