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5Gs: GRACE

March 20, 2017

The vision and purpose of Lifehouse Church is to see people experience life change through Christ. In John 10:10, Jesus said that he has come to give people life - a better life than they ever dreamed of. To me, if it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for us, so we want to join Him in bringing life change to the Peninsula.  

 

But, for anything in our lives to change, whether it’s our physical bodies or our faith journey - there has to be some factors that are a catalyst to see change happen. For example, if the goal for your physical body was to change the way you look by losing weight, there would be some commitments you would have to make. Such as:

  • Make the conscious decision.

  • Go to the gym.

  • Get in a workout group to hold you accountable.

  • Research and implement a new way of eating.

  • Possibly mentor and teach someone else what you’re learning.

  • Lastly, commit to see the process through.

I guarantee, if you follow the aforementioned steps, you will change the way you look by losing weight.  

 

It’s the same way with our faith journey. As a Christ follower, the whole point in this Jesus journey is to see our lives change by us becoming more and more like Jesus; essentially, experiencing life change through Christ. 

 

To see this change happen, there are some commitments you have to make. For us at Lifehouse, we’ve identified 5 G’s that if committed to, will help you or anybody experience life change through Christ.  

 

The first G is Grace. I love that word so much, whether saying it or typing it. The word grace, according to the Greek (the original language the Bible was written in), defines grace as the unmerited favor of God. Unmerited…meaning this: You can’t earn it. You can’t buy it. You can’t do enough good works to lose it or gain it. It is….given. 

 

Here’s the truth…Grace changes everything. It is God’s grace found in Jesus Christ that changed the game on the spiritual playing field. When Jesus came on the scene and lived the life we couldn’t live (a perfect sinless life), died the death we deserved (on the cross), and resurrected from the dead to defeat Satan, sin, and death, He forever opened a way to know God that isn’t based upon our works or behavior. But, on His work on the cross. No more was it about us doing enough good things to earn God’s approval; Instead, it became about what Jesus did and freely gives to us by grace through faith.  

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, 

 

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 

 

The beautiful thing about grace is it frees us to not live for God’s approval, but from God’s approval. 

 

It’s because of God’s grace that we WANT to live for Jesus; not a HAVE TO, so He doesn’t punish us. 

 

Grace means that God is pursuing us. Pastor Steven Furtick likes to say, grace will chase you down! I love that, don't you? 

 

Ultimately, grace is what makes following Jesus different from any other religion. And it’s because of this grace that life change not only begins, but flourishes, as grace doesn’t just save us, but it sustains us. And, at Lifehouse we believe and are committed to preaching, teaching, and demonstrating grace as a church and as a sacred commitment to see life change happen.

 

So, let me ask you, do you want to go on a grace-filled journey of seeing life change on the Peninsula? I can guarantee it will be an adventure of a lifetime. 

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