"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Amazing Grace (ROCC SG Week 5)

This past week, we took time to review the first four chapters in Paul’s letter to the Galatians. We shared specific verses and ideas that had made an impact on us to this point. Overwhelmingly, it was the central theme to this letter that we all found ourselves considering; the 'Gospel of Grace.'

To comprehend the idea of God’s saving grace, can be a truly liberating moment for us. Whether we have sought salvation through works and ritual, or through simply being a good person, we have equally missed the mark. Acceptance of God’s grace is the one, lone requirement for a believer of Christ. All else indicates that Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, was not sufficient.

There is much more in this wonderful book that we will learn and apply, and we will see some real gems in chapter 5 later this week. But it all comes back to understanding the Gospel of Grace. I have included a link to Chris Tomlin’s version of Amazing Grace (the addition of ‘my chains are gone, I’ve been set free’ is right on) and as you listen to it, consider the words of Paul. At about the 3:45 mark, Chris shares a word about John Newton, the author of the poem, Amazing Grace. It’s a great song and a great way to spend some time meditating on grace.

See you Wednesday.

By the way, if you haven’t seen the movie Amazing Grace, about John Newton, it is definitely worth a view.

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