Pastor Brad Ormonde, Jr. shares his message “The Heart of God” at Harvest Christian Fellowship‘s Valor Bible study. In session 13 from the series, “Relentless Grace,” Pastor Brad takes us into chapter 11 in the Book of Romans.
Satan knows he can’t destroy the church so he will try to divide the church. Human works will never be better than the finished work of Christ.
Division begins where unity ends; and the unity that brings everyone together is the gospel.
“Satan always hates Christian fellowship; it is his policy to keep Christians apart. Anything which can divide saints from one another he delights in. He attaches far more importance to godly communication than we do. Since union is strength, he does his best to promote separation.” —C.H. Spurgeon
“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.” Ephesians 4:3–6
“I have never yet known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord’s people were divided.” —D.L. Moody
By faith we are made righteous (right) with God.
- A New Faith — Right with God and Forgiven
- A New Family — Included in God’s People
- A New Future — Transformed Life
Seeking Yet Rejecting
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:8–10
“A person can try so desperately hard to please God that they come to resist the idea of grace.” —Tim Keller
“‘Come now, let’s settle this,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.’” Isaiah 1:18
Receiving Yet Excluding
What does all of this mean?
- We may not be able to fully understand Him, but we can fully marvel at Him.
- We do not need to understand everything to praise the God who does.
God is not our personal butler, He is our personal Savior!
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