Posted on Sun, Feb 22, 2004
February 22 Ė A Testimony of Godís Grace
Topic:† A Testimony of Godís Grace
Scripture:† 1 Timothy 1: 12-17
Sermon delivered by Assistant Pastor Porter
Paul founded this church and allowed Timothy, his son in the faith, to take over.† 1 Timothy is one of the letters Paul penned from prison, one of the Pastoral Epistles.† Paul, you will recall, wrote 13 of the 27 New Testament books.
Black History teaches us the accomplishments of many of our ancestors - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington and many others Ė but it was Godís grace that bought us through and it is His grace that is keeping us alive.† Ephesians 2:8 tell us that grace ď....is a gift of GodĒ.† Itís not our good looks, not our money, not our parents that have gotten us where we are, but Godís grace.
In Verse 13 of the text, Paul lists all the things that he had been before he obtained Godís mercy.† He did this to let the church know that no matter what we have done, we too can be saved by Godís grace.† Romans tells us that we have ďall sinned, and come short of the glory of GodĒ.† Thank God for the ĎBUTĒ.† Satan is always there to remind us of our past.† Tell Satan ďBUT I have obtained mercyĒ.† Grace is resourceful, exceedingly abundant, it keeps going and never runs out.† Thank God.
Verse 15 shows the range of Godís grace.† No one is beyond the reach of His grace.†
Verse 16 gives us the reason for Godís grace, to grant mercy.† God can change any sinner and use them as a witness.† Be a pattern to those on the streets, on our jobs and those in our households.† We cannot have one foot in the world and the other foot on the threshold of God.
Be a living testimony of what you used to do and where the Lord has brought you.† Let everybody know you are a living testimony of Godís grace.
Your response to Godís grace should be in your praise and worship, donít be ashamed to be a living testimony to others.† Give thanks to God for dying for you and thank Him for giving you a second chance.
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