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GRACE

Part 1: What Grace is
What Grace is
Gods Enabling power! Gods unmerited favor!
This is a big topic that most adults don't fully understand, but i believe you blokes are ready for some meat and not just milk! So stay with me!
Gods unmerited favor!
So stay with me!
We have been speaking about Life, Success and things of God. We speak about the why, where and how of success, to learn, practice and better use the things that God has given us.
Gaining Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom.....Knowing it, Understanding it and Making the most of it

2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

We have Grace, but if don’t know it, we may as well not have it, its worthless to us
The devils job is to keep us blind to it or make us not value it
Our job is to arm our selves with the truth and live in a way that best uses what God has given us
When we learn like this it can seem like what were saying is, If we do this then........
It can seem like what were saying is
If we do this then........
That’s not Grace.
Grace is we are already gifted, blessed, called and loved. We already have all we need in Christ Jesus
The question is, do we know what we have? and do we use what we have been given?
Its whether or not we use what we have been given
Its like being given $1m, not everybody will make the most of it, some people will waist it some people will invest it wisely
Its given freely, but what comes of the gift will be more about the person who’s hand it is in than the person who gave the gift

2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Making the most of it
We have Grace, but if don’t know it, we may as well not have it, its worthless to us
The devils job is to keep us blind to it or make us not value it
Our job is to arm our selves with the truth and live in a way that best uses what God has given us
Of course God wants you to use the gift to increase your life and others, but ultimately its not up to him what you do with it, that on you!
Grace is we are already blessed, called,
The Parable of the Talents
It’s not if you have been given gifts and talents by finding what they are and developing them
I want to speak about the difference between being wise, diligent, careful

The Parable of the Bags of Gold

25:14–30Ref—Lk 19:12–27

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Grace is free, but God does have an expectation of increase
The money was a free gift, but it came with an expectation of increase. Grace is free, but God does have an expectation of increase
and the Grace of God
Listen to Paul in regards to not wasting GRACE
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I don’t deserve to be included in that inner circle, as you well know, having spent all those early years trying my best to stamp God’s church right out of existence.
10–11  But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives.
10–11  But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives.
The Grace of God is the help, love, gifts and power to do what he calls us to do
If we are to succeed in life it will only be the Grace of God on our lives to do it, but its up to me whether I treasure that gift enough to invest in the Grace that God has given me
If we fail in that Grace it will only be because we didn't know or we didn't care. It wont be because God hasn't given us what we need
Do I treasure what I know enough to live it out? Practise it? use it?
Groups like these are Gods Grace for us to know his word, so we can live in the fullness of his power and plan for our lives, but it up to us whether we do anything with it
Do we practice what we know?
Can a work be Grace

GRACE

Part 2 : What it is not
God enables us to do te hworks
What Grace is not
You might here people say that even though they live a life less than God intends that they are covered by GRACE......this is not Grace
this is not Grace
Drinking
You cant live like you want and think that God just looks the other way

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Grace is his Gods Enabling power! to live a Godly life, To bear much fruit and to live in the fullness of God, something we could never do without him , but we are never without him!
So lets not live like we are!
The Message Chapter 6

Once people have seen the light, gotten a taste of heaven and been part of the work of the Holy Spirit, once they’ve personally experienced the sheer goodness of God’s Word and the powers breaking in on us—if then they turn their backs on it, washing their hands of the whole thing, well, they can’t start over as if nothing happened. That’s impossible. Why, they’ve re-crucified Jesus! They’ve repudiated him in public! Parched ground that soaks up the rain and then produces an abundance of carrots and corn for its gardener gets God’s “Well done!” But if it produces weeds and thistles, it’s more likely to get cussed out. Fields like that are burned, not harvested.

9–12  I’m sure that won’t happen to you, friends. I have better things in mind for you—salvation things! God doesn’t miss anything. He knows perfectly well all the love you’ve shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it. And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish. Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.

Grace is Gods enabling power to overcome not cover up!!

9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

I don’t deserve to be included in that inner circle, as you well know, having spent all those early years trying my best to stamp God’s church right out of existence.
10–11  But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives.
Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

GRACE

Part 3 : What it takes
We are called to bear fruit

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

10–11  But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives.
Who’s seed is it? Freely given Grace for increase
Who’s heart is it? Partnership of trust in his seed to perform his promise. No trust, no harvest
No trust, no harvest
Who’s job is it to understand and protect the seed?
To truly live in the fullness of what God has given us we have to value what God has given us
The problem is because its in seed form people don’t see the potential, they don’t understand the process and partnership of bearing fruit!

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.
The Message Chapter 5

A NEW LIFE

14–15  Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.

16–20  Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

21  How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.

STAYING AT OUR POST

1–10  6 Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,

I heard your call in the nick of time;

The day you needed me, I was there to help.

Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly … in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

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