Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunday Seven

Lately, I've really been reminded of God's gift of grace on my life. Whether it's during the evening news, watching the political campaigns, or hearing of tragedies, I know it's all because of God's grace that I'm where I am...
I'm thankful for God's grace...

...because of it, I can KNOW that I will not have to spend an eternity in hell, but one with my Savior, worshiping and glorifying Him!

...because God has given me a wonderful family. As I watch the media criticize Sarah Palin's daughter for her teenage pregnancy, it's only because of grace that I was not in that spot.

...because He provides for all of our needs and many of our wants despite my failure to always act and think in a way that would please Christ.

...because it's His grace that gives me reason and motivation to forgive others and love unconditionally.

...because it's not just for me. It's for anyone who places their faith in Christ and His work on the cross to defeat sin and death.

...because it gives me (and you) second chances.

...because it's completely undeserved yet completely unlimited.

I know some of these overlap, but have you ever tried to come up with seven reasons to be thankful for an attribute of God on a lazy, hazy Sunday afternoon? Grace!

In college we learned about Calvinism. Calvinism is a system of biblical interpretation taught by John Calvin. Calvin lived in France in the 1500's. The system of Calvinism adheres to a very high view of scripture and seeks to derive its theological formulations based solely on God’s word. It focuses on God’s sovereignty, stating that God is able and willing by virtue of his omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, to do whatever He desires with His creation. So, that's a mouthful that I really just cut and copied from another site, but the point of Calvinism that I really like is from a TULIP acronym I learned in college (for a test and it somehow stuck). The "I" is for Irresistible Grace. Isn't that cool? I want to represent grace in such a way to people who don't know Christ that it is irresistible.