Sermon Notes

KNOWING GOD

THE GOD WHO IS GRACIOUS

March 7, 2021

God as Gracious

The Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed: The Lord – the Lord is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love and truth, maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But he will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ iniquity on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation.  Exodus 34:6-7

A Conversation About God’s Grace

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ….  For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.  But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us – not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy – through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.  He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior so that, having been justified by his grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life. Titus 2:11-13; 3:4-7

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23

“Your iniquities are separating you from God; your sins have hidden his face from you. Isaiah 59:2

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.”  Luke 19:10

God’s grace appears to rescue us from ____________ from God.  

God’s grace appears to rescue us from __________ to external and internal masters.   

A Confrontation with God’s Grace

A servant girl approached him and said, “You were with Jesus the Galilean too.”  But he denied it in front of everyone: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”  When he had gone out to the gateway, another woman saw him and told those who were there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene!” And again he denied it with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”  After a little while those standing there approached and said to Peter, “You really are one of them, since even your accent gives you away.” Then he started to curse and to swear with an oath, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed,  and Peter remembered the words Jesus had spoken, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.  Matthew 26:69-75