Prism Church exists to Revive Believers, Reach Friends and Renew Culture for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Chuck wrote in his book Three Tips for Campus Survival that “Grace shouldn’t be understood as not getting what you deserve – that would be definitively ‘mercy.’ Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.” Fundamentally, many Christians have a substantial misunderstanding of God’s grace. This erroneous conception has kept the “I used to go to church” Christians from enjoying their relationship with God and finding the passion to seek Jesus and to honor Him in all areas of life.
The experience of the average “de-churched” person is that they were involved in a church where Christianity was taught or lived in such a way that they believed they were o.k. with God only as long as they were living “right.” Once this person began to fail with respect to their pursuit of righteous behavior, they believed they had no right to expect that God would patiently deal with them. So they quit coming to Him.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ (the ‘Good News’) is that Jesus not only forgives us, but credits the believer with His good works so that even the merit for God’s blessings flows from the Christian’s grace-based association with Jesus. Effectively, a Christian gets favor they didn’t earn – a lifetime of gifts from God that they don’t deserve.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 CORINTHIANS 5:20-21
Assurance of eternal life is chief among the gifts that the Lord gives us. However, as one matures in grace, they begin to realize that at each and every step of their life (including the steps of obedience that serve as one of the means of God’s blessing) has in one way or another been a gift of God’s unconditional grace and love. It’s a humbling thought.
Where were you born and to what family? What natural gifts were you given at birth? Have there been any unexplained blessings in your life; undeserved breaks or opportunities? This realization is part of growing in grace. It is the fuel to love & obey God. Grace is the means of revival!