Theologian J. I. Packer has observed that amazing grace has for many people become “boring grace”. After an honest reflection, would your experience confirm that God’s grace has become boring or is it a source of doxology stemming from your amazement of it?
Four great truths that the doctrine of grace presupposes are: (1) the sinfulness of sin; 2) God’s judgment; 3) man’s spiritual inability; and 4) God’s sovereign freedom. How do reflections on those truths help stir in us a greater desire to savor God’s grace?
What is the purpose of God’s grace in our salvation (the Father’s plan, the Son’s provisions, and the Spirit’s procuring of it)? See Ephesians 1:6, 12, and 14.
In Ephesians 1:3-14, we discover that a church delighting in the grace of God is marked by an overflowing doxology of praise to the triune God, a humble gratitude for God’s provisions, a Christ-centeredness of life that leads to maturity in the faith (Ephesians1:4), and a growing assurance of one’s salvation. Take some time to reflect on these marks. Can you see ways that those marks are evident in your life and in the life of GRBC?
How do we avoid the danger of adding anything to God’s grace in relationship to our salvation (from beginning to end)?