CARM Newsletter 02/14/2003

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH CARM?
Since CARM is becoming more and more popular, and more projects get underway, I have delegated more tasks to others.  I am coordinating with Eric Landstrom for the upcoming CARM convention in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota for August.  Eric also manages the volunteers who are administrators of the 34 discussion boards on CARM.  A gentleman by the name of Chad has now taken over the scripting requirements for the discussion boards and has already made several improvements (Thanks Chad).  These volunteers for the boards are very valuable to the CARM ministry since they enforce the board rules and keep things smooth.  So, thank you a bunch all you volunteers who are helping so much to make CARM a great Christian website.

Additional projects are as follows:  I am working on adding two more apologetics notebooks to the offerings of CARM as well as working on outlines to be placed into Power Point presentations in order to use in seminars as teaching tools.  The resulting presentations are very nice and quite professional.  This means I will need to get a projector that feeds off of my laptop sometime this year. 

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SHORT BIBLE LESSON - GRACE
Rom. 6:14 says, "For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace."  Eph. 1:7 says, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace."  Eph. 2:8 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves..."

We Christians are saved by grace (Eph. 2:8), justified by grace (Rom. 3:24), and given grace (Rom. 12:6).  Grace abounds (2 Cor. 9:8), is surpassing (2 Cor. 9:14), and is granted (2 Tim. 1:9).  We have the riches of grace (Eph. 1:7), are strengthened by grace (Heb. 13:9), and grow in grace (2 Pet. 3:18).  We experience the grace of God (1 Pet. 4:10), know the grace of the Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:21), and are indwelt by the Spirit of grace (Heb. 10:29). Grace is the wonderful truth of God's character through Jesus which is shown to us, comes upon us, and is manifested in us.

But, what is grace?  As you have seen above, grace is multifaceted.  But, briefly spoken, grace is that unmerited, unearned favor of God upon a sinner.  On other words, grace is the favor that God shows to someone who in no way deserves to be shown any mercy, any kindness, or anything good at all.  As hard as that may be for some people to take, before an infinite and holy God, we are finite and sinful and rightfully should be judged to damnation (Eph. 2:3).  But, God is gracious to us. He does not give us what we deserve (justice).  In fact, He does NOT give us what we deserve (mercy).  Instead, He gives us what we do NOT deserve (grace). 

This grace is found in Jesus (John 1:17) and only because of what Jesus did on the cross.  The cross is the ONLY reason that God is kind to us and does not instantly give us justice -- which would be eternal damnation.  No.  Instead, because of Jesus, because of the shed blood, because of the grace of God in Christ, we are able to be saved, delivered, indwelt, loved, cleansed, uplifted, strengthened, and so much more.  Jesus is the living expression of the grace of God.  Jesus is the perfect manifestation of grace and truth.  Jesus is the example of grace.

Therefore, all that is good in you, all that is right, all that you have done for the glory of God, all that you have confessed, all the sins of which you have repented, all the love you have shown, all the kindness you've given, all the mercy you have bestowed, all the humility you've exemplified, all the growth you've experienced, all the hope you've held, all the faith you've kept, all the fruit of the Spirit you've lived have all been by the grace of God through Jesus Christ because of the Cross. 

Knowing this, you can then say with Paul in 1 Cor. 15:10, "...by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me."

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VERSE OF THE WEEK.
2 Cor. 13:14,
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all," (NASB).

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In Him,

Matt Slick, your missionary to the Internet.
Equipping the church to defend the faith in a post modern world.

 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.