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May 13, 2020
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Pastor Robert powerfully illustrates how God’s grace is the unmerited; unearned; and unlimited kindness and favor of God.

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And let mejust ask you a question,
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  • again to help prove this to you.
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  • Can you count the numberof times you've been forgiven?
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  • Even for the same thing?It's unlimited.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: So, here'sthe title of this one
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  • and I'll show you at the endof the message a true story,
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  • and the title is,"I'm in the Chair."
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  • And you won't understand that
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  • until we get to the endof the message,
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  • but then you will,
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  • and you'll probablynever forget it.
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  • "I'm in the Chair,"and we're gonna talk about
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  • one of God's attributes today,and that is grace.
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  • It is not justthat God has grace,
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  • it is God is grace,
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  • and that's allof His attributes.
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  • In other words, He doesn'tjust have mercy, He is mercy.
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  • If He just had it,He might run out.
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  • But, He'll never run outbecause He is love,
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  • He is mercy, He is grace.You see what I'm saying?
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  • So, we're gonnatalk about grace.
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  • So in order to do that,let me remind you
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  • of the working definitions.
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  • These are working definitions,or practical definitions,
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  • I should say,of justice and mercy,
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  • and then I'll tell you thatworking definition of grace.
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  • So, justice is giving uswhat we deserve -
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  • giving us what we deserve,and we've already talked about
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  • justice and mercy.
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  • Mercy is not givingus what we deserve.
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  • And if you missed that message,it's called, "I'll Arrange It."
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  • It was a few weeks ago,and I showed how God
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  • is fully just and fullymerciful at the same time.
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  • So, justice is givingus what we deserve.
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  • Mercy is not givingus what we deserve.
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  • Grace is giving uswhat we don't deserve.
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  • So, let me give yousome practical...
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  • what I mean by that.
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  • Justice is sendingus to hell.
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  • That would be just.
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  • Mercy is not sending us to hell,
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  • and grace is sending usto heaven.
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  • I want you to get that -not letting us go,
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  • making us go.
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  • When you pass away,if you're a believer in Jesus,
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  • you have no choice,you have to go to heaven.
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  • You just haveto go to heaven.
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  • [applause]
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  • So, but there's a lotof misunderstanding about grace,
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  • and here's the problem.
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  • If you add, in your mind,maybe not even consciously,
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  • but subconsciously -if you add 1% works to grace,
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  • it's not grace.
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  • It is not grace plus worksthat gets us to heaven.
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  • It actuallybreaks my heart.
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  • Paul said it this way.
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  • I'm paraphrasing it and whenI was telling Debbie this,
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  • I started crying this weekas I was explaining it to her.
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  • Here's is what Paul says -then Christ died in vain.
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  • In other words, if we can getthere by our own merit,
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  • Christ died in vain.
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  • And, I promise you...let me say it another way.
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  • Even your righteousnessis as filthy rags.
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  • The best thing about youlooks like your garage rags
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  • in the sight of God'srighteousness.
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  • So, it's 100% grace.
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  • But, there's a popularteaching going around now
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  • that grace is divine enablement.
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  • In other words, grace enablesyou to live the right way,
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  • and you'd better livethe right way
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  • or you'll be in trouble.
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  • You know, I was actually talkingto one of my sons about this.
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  • He said, "This is a bigthing now, Dad,
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  • grace is divine enablement."
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  • I said, "Yeah, it wasa big thing 35 years ago,
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  • when I was in college,"or 38, or whenever it was -
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  • sometime long ago, okay?
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  • And it was a bigthing in the 50s.
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  • There was a big movementin the 19 --
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  • right at the turnof the century.
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  • I can go through it.
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  • Matter of fact, in the firstcentury it was big,
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  • and it's basicallywhat Paul had to combat
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  • in nearly all of his letters,that you can't add anything.
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  • Let me say it this way.
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  • Jesus plus nothing, Jesus minusnothing, equals salvation.
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  • It's Jesus.It's all Jesus.
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  • So, I have a friend of minewho is a good friend
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  • and a good Bible teacher -good Bible teacher.
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  • But, he and I don't seeeye to eye on grace,
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  • but that doesn't meanwe can't still be friends.
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  • You don't have to agree witheveryone in the body of Christ.
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  • Let's have unity in thebody of Christ, even though,
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  • you know, he's wrongand I'm right.
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  • But it's okay, you canstill be friends, okay?
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  • But, we were talking aboutit and I told him,
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  • "I can't endorse yourteaching on grace,
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  • because it's just not correct."
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  • And the reason I couldn'tendorse it was because he wrote,
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  • and he wanted meto endorse this,
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  • that grace is likethe oars of a boat.
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  • And we're in this little boat,and there's a current
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  • that's pulling us toward hell,
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  • and God gives us these oarsand if we row hard enough,
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  • then we'll beatthe current and get to heaven.
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  • But if we ever stop rowing,then we'll just drift to hell.
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  • That was hisdefinition of grace.
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  • And I said, "I can'tendorse that,
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  • I can't agree with that."
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  • So, we got togetherto talk and he said, "Well," --
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  • I said, "Share with meeverything you believe
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  • about grace,and then we'll talk."
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  • So he said, "Well, I thinkwe've missed it in the church."
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  • And he said, "I sent outa survey to 100 pastors.
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  • All of them answered.And 99 --
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  • And I said,"What is grace?"
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  • 99% of them said somethinglike unmerited favor,"
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  • which is theclassical definition
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  • and the correct definition,by the way.
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  • "But only one of themsaid divine enablement,"
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  • and he said, "so I thinkwe're missing it."
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  • And then he went throughwhy he believed that,
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  • and then you know howwhen someone's trying
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  • to convince you, then they kindof go through it again?
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  • And again, thisis a good guy.
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  • He's a great guy, a greathusband, a great father.
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  • He's a great Bible teacher,except this one area.
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  • He doesn'tunderstand grace.
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  • And so, he kind of goesthrough it again,
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  • and then said to me, "Okay,"and he said, "Dr. Morris,"
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  • and I only use that whenwe graduate students, you know.
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  • But anyway, he said, "It'sokay, Dr. Morris, am I wrong?"
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  • And I said, "100%.
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  • Not even 99% wrong,you're 100% wrong."
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  • And I said, "Let's juststart with your survey.
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  • You asked what grace is.
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  • You didn't askwhat grace does.
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  • Now, let mesay that again.
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  • You asked what grace is.
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  • It is unmerited favor.
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  • If you had askedwhat does grace do,
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  • one of the things that gracedoes is divinely enable us
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  • to walk a new life in Christ."
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  • Are you allfollowing this?
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  • So, yes, that issomething grace does,
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  • and although we'llnever be perfect,
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  • it does enable us to walka new life in Christ,
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  • but that's not what it is.
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  • What it is, isthe unmerited favor of God,
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  • and the unmerited,unearned, undeserved,
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  • unlimited favor of Godis what causes you
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  • to want to walkthat new life in Christ. See?
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  • So, that's what it is.
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  • So, we're gonna gothrough three things.
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  • We're gonna talk aboutunmerited, unearned,
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  • and unlimited, all right?
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  • So, here's number one.
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  • Unmerited - unmerited favoris what we're talking about.
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  • What is grace?Unmerited.
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  • Ephesians 2:8-9,"For by grace
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  • you have beensaved through faith,
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  • and that not of yourselves."
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  • These verses are so clear.
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  • I wish you'd memorizethem and say them
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  • 40 times a day to yourself.
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  • "By grace you have beensaved through faith,
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  • and not of yourselves;it is the gift of God,
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  • not of works,lest anyone should boast."
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  • Isn't that clear?
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  • Let me tell you this.
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  • You may boast on this earth,but the moment you see
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  • the nail prints in His hands,you will never brag again.
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  • You will never boastthat you got there
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  • by rowing harderthan someone else.
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  • You won't be walkingaround heaven saying,
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  • "I rowed and I gotmyself here."
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  • You know, basically whatyou're saying is,
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  • "For by me, I was saved."
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  • If you believe in works,you're the one that got saved.
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  • And you know, "Amazing Grace,"written by John Newton,
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  • a former slave ship owner,totally repentant for his sins,
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  • understood theatrocity of his sins,
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  • wrote the hymn, the amazinghymn, "Amazing Grace."
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  • Listen, if you believethat rowing gets you to heaven,
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  • then grace isn't amazing,you're amazing.
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  • Well, this isgood preaching.
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  • If you all don't knowhow to recognize good preaching,
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  • this is good preaching.
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  • Grace is amazing!
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  • You are not amazing!
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  • Grace is amazing.
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  • For people who have sinnedand fallen short of God
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  • to be forgiven of all of theirsins and get to go to heaven
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  • because of a giftfrom Jesus Christ,
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  • that's what's amazing!
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  • So, don't putyour works in it.
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  • It is "not of works,lest anyone should boast."
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  • There will be noboasting in heaven.
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  • It is completely,totally unmerited.
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  • And I just want you to know,grace covers even stupid sins.
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  • Now I could ask you, how many ofyou have done something stupid?
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  • I could ask you, and I could askyou to raise your hands,
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  • but I'm not going to,because we all know.
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  • But let me tell yousomething else grace covers
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  • that some peopledon't think it covers.
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  • It covers intentional sin.
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  • I don't have time to gothrough all of the verses
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  • to show that it does,but listen to me,
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  • and there's one versethat's totally misinterpreted,
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  • totally taken outof context in this area.
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  • But I just ask you, have youever intentionally sinned?
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  • Have you ever known it waswrong and done it anyway?
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  • You better hope grace covers it,otherwise you're going to hell.
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  • Hey, don't make me makeyou raise your hands!
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  • [laughter]
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  • And by the way,if I said how many of you
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  • have intentionally sinnedand you didn't raise your hand,
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  • you're intentionally lying.
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  • [laughter]
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  • So, grace is unmerited.
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  • Here's number two -it's unearned.
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  • It's unearned.
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  • We don't earn it.
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  • Romans 11:6, "And if by grace,then it is no longer of works;
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  • otherwise graceis no longer grace.
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  • And if it is of works,it is no longer grace;
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  • otherwise workis no longer work."
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  • Do you understandwhat he's saying here?
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  • He's saying there'sno way it can be both,
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  • because grace is unearnedand works is when you earn it.
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  • Grace is a gift, it's free,and works is when you earn it.
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  • So, he says if it's free,it can't be earned,
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  • and if it's earned,it can't be free.
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  • You cannot have it,not even 99% and 1%.
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  • It's either freeor it's earned.
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  • It's one or the other.
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  • You've never had someonegive you a gift and you say,
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  • "Oh, thank you," and they say,"That'll be $86, please."
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  • [laughter]
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  • Well then, it's nota gift, you know?
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  • All of my kids,when they were in college,
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  • they all had one of my creditcards for emergencies, gas,
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  • things like that, you know.
  • 00:12:25.503 --> 00:12:26.704
  • And I remember one ChristmasI opened up this present
  • 00:12:26.805 --> 00:12:29.274
  • from Elaine and I said,"Elaine, this is beautiful!"
  • 00:12:29.374 --> 00:12:32.777
  • She said, "I putit on your card."
  • 00:12:32.877 --> 00:12:34.212
  • [laughter]
  • 00:12:34.312 --> 00:12:37.182
  • So, let me give youjust a little Greek here.
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  • The Greek word for grace isactually pronounced "har-rece,"
  • 00:12:40.952 --> 00:12:48.393
  • but you've seen itspelled "charis," right?
  • 00:12:48.493 --> 00:12:52.297
  • We've seen "charis."
  • 00:12:52.397 --> 00:12:53.498
  • Some parents name theirdaughters "Charis,"
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  • it means grace.It's good.
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  • That's our Englishpronunciation.
  • 00:12:58.269 --> 00:13:00.205
  • I actually have a friendof mine, he said to me,
  • 00:13:00.305 --> 00:13:02.273
  • "We're thinking aboutnaming our daughter "Charis."
  • 00:13:02.373 --> 00:13:05.810
  • And I said, "Personally,I wouldn't do that
  • 00:13:05.910 --> 00:13:07.846
  • if I were you all."And he said, "Why?"
  • 00:13:07.946 --> 00:13:10.215
  • I said, "Well, becauseyour last name is Maddox."
  • 00:13:10.315 --> 00:13:13.384
  • [laughter]
  • 00:13:13.484 --> 00:13:18.223
  • Charis Maddox.Okay.
  • 00:13:18.323 --> 00:13:20.725
  • [laughter]
  • 00:13:20.825 --> 00:13:22.794
  • That's one of thoseit takes a while to, you know.
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  • [laughter]
  • 00:13:27.532 --> 00:13:28.967
  • Oh, charismatics.Okay, all right.
  • 00:13:29.067 --> 00:13:31.970
  • So, but the point is it'sthe Greek word "charis."
  • 00:13:32.070 --> 00:13:35.340
  • Now, let me explain somethingto you about this Greek word.
  • 00:13:35.440 --> 00:13:37.375
  • This was a cultural Greekword, like most Greek words
  • 00:13:37.475 --> 00:13:41.312
  • that were in the culturehundreds of years
  • 00:13:41.412 --> 00:13:43.381
  • before they wereever in the Bible.
  • 00:13:43.481 --> 00:13:45.516
  • So, I'm gonna tell youwhere "charis" came from.
  • 00:13:45.617 --> 00:13:47.418
  • "Charis" comes from it's a giftgiven to an inferior
  • 00:13:47.518 --> 00:13:54.292
  • from a superior.
  • 00:13:54.392 --> 00:13:56.127
  • That's what it means,a gift given to an inferior
  • 00:13:56.227 --> 00:14:00.732
  • from a superior.
  • 00:14:00.832 --> 00:14:02.367
  • But, there's onemajor difference.
  • 00:14:02.467 --> 00:14:05.169
  • It involves three persons,three people, not two.
  • 00:14:05.270 --> 00:14:10.341
  • There is a Greek wordthat involves a gift
  • 00:14:10.441 --> 00:14:12.577
  • being given to a personand it involves only two people,
  • 00:14:12.677 --> 00:14:16.648
  • and it's where we get our word,
  • 00:14:16.748 --> 00:14:17.949
  • our English word, "benevolence."Okay?
  • 00:14:18.049 --> 00:14:21.219
  • And so, if you took thesethree people now in Greek...
  • 00:14:21.319 --> 00:14:24.622
  • I'm not saying theseare great English words,
  • 00:14:24.722 --> 00:14:26.457
  • but if you tookthem in Greek
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  • and you translated them,they would be the "patron,"
  • 00:14:27.992 --> 00:14:31.963
  • the "client," and the "broker."
  • 00:14:32.063 --> 00:14:36.868
  • Those are the three that make upthe action of "har-rece,"
  • 00:14:36.968 --> 00:14:41.940
  • or charis, or grace,okay - the patron,
  • 00:14:42.040 --> 00:14:45.009
  • the client,and the broker.
  • 00:14:45.109 --> 00:14:46.945
  • Now, here's whatI mean by that.
  • 00:14:47.045 --> 00:14:47.979
  • Let's say the patronhas a shoe company,
  • 00:14:48.079 --> 00:14:51.482
  • and there's someonewho needs shoes.
  • 00:14:51.582 --> 00:14:55.620
  • And so, if the patron, the guythat owns the shoe company,
  • 00:14:55.720 --> 00:15:00.358
  • gives the shoesdirectly to the family,
  • 00:15:00.458 --> 00:15:02.427
  • that would be the wordwe call "benevolence."
  • 00:15:02.527 --> 00:15:04.963
  • That's benevolent.
  • 00:15:05.063 --> 00:15:06.831
  • But, that is not the wordthat the Holy Spirit
  • 00:15:06.931 --> 00:15:10.902
  • uses to describe grace.
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  • He uses this word, whichhere's what would happen.
  • 00:15:13.638 --> 00:15:17.508
  • There was a broker.
  • 00:15:17.608 --> 00:15:19.277
  • The broker was a personof great wealth himself,
  • 00:15:19.377 --> 00:15:23.014
  • had great means, but he choseto live among the poor people.
  • 00:15:23.114 --> 00:15:29.420
  • And he would findthe needs that they had,
  • 00:15:29.520 --> 00:15:32.523
  • and then he would goto the patrons,
  • 00:15:32.623 --> 00:15:35.360
  • the people who hadthe shoes, or the clothing,
  • 00:15:35.460 --> 00:15:37.829
  • or the food,or the housing materials,
  • 00:15:37.929 --> 00:15:41.199
  • whatever the need was,but here's the difference.
  • 00:15:41.299 --> 00:15:44.936
  • He didn't ask them to donate it,he paid for it himself.
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  • I hope you're getting this.
  • 00:15:52.443 --> 00:15:54.912
  • This is the word used for grace,
  • 00:15:55.013 --> 00:15:57.215
  • because Jesus choseto come and live among us,
  • 00:15:57.315 --> 00:16:02.053
  • and pay for whatwe got from the Father.
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  • He paid for it Himself.
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  • He became our brokeror our advocate between God.
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  • [applause]
  • 00:16:10.928 --> 00:16:14.065
  • And then, here's the third word,unlimited. Unlimited.
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  • John 1:16 says, "For of Hisfullness we have all received,
  • 00:16:19.771 --> 00:16:27.245
  • and grace upon grace."
  • 00:16:27.345 --> 00:16:30.381
  • Many people have no cluewhat this phrase means,
  • 00:16:30.481 --> 00:16:32.984
  • "grace upon grace."
  • 00:16:33.084 --> 00:16:34.952
  • "Grace upon grace,"some say "grace for grace."
  • 00:16:35.053 --> 00:16:37.455
  • Well, how do youreceive grace for grace?
  • 00:16:37.555 --> 00:16:38.856
  • Okay, again you have to goto the original language.
  • 00:16:38.956 --> 00:16:41.092
  • This word, "upon,"which is translated "for"
  • 00:16:41.192 --> 00:16:43.428
  • in some translations,literally means
  • 00:16:43.528 --> 00:16:46.064
  • over and over again.
  • 00:16:46.164 --> 00:16:50.535
  • So it says, "Of His fullness."
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  • Now remember, God is infinite.
  • 00:16:52.437 --> 00:16:54.572
  • So, "Of His fullness of grace,"
  • 00:16:54.672 --> 00:16:56.808
  • because the contexthere is that Jesus came
  • 00:16:56.908 --> 00:16:59.410
  • full of grace and truth.
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  • That's the verseright before this.
  • 00:17:01.979 --> 00:17:03.614
  • And of His fullnesswe have all received,
  • 00:17:03.714 --> 00:17:07.919
  • grace over and overand over and over again.
  • 00:17:08.019 --> 00:17:14.292
  • That's what this actually means,
  • 00:17:14.392 --> 00:17:15.426
  • and let me justask you a question,
  • 00:17:15.526 --> 00:17:16.961
  • again to help prove this to you.
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  • Can you count the numberof times you've been forgiven?
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  • Even for the same thing?
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  • It's unlimited.It's grace.
  • 00:17:32.110 --> 00:17:34.579
  • See, because God is graceand because God is infinite,
  • 00:17:34.679 --> 00:17:40.351
  • His grace is unlimited.
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  • It'll never run out.
  • 00:17:42.653 --> 00:17:43.821
  • This is what Paul hadto fight over and over again.
  • 00:17:43.921 --> 00:17:48.059
  • They kept trying toadd things to grace.
  • 00:17:48.159 --> 00:17:51.028
  • Paul wrote 13epistles, 13 letters.
  • 00:17:51.129 --> 00:17:54.132
  • He begins everyepistle with "Grace,"
  • 00:17:54.232 --> 00:17:57.368
  • and he ends everyepistle with "Grace."
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  • And I'm gonna do it quickly,and I'm gonna kind
  • 00:18:01.539 --> 00:18:03.107
  • of keep shortening them,because the sentences,
  • 00:18:03.207 --> 00:18:05.009
  • the first sentenceis almost the same
  • 00:18:05.109 --> 00:18:06.844
  • and the last sentence is almostthe same as we get into this.
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  • Romans 1, firstchapter of Romans.
  • 00:18:10.848 --> 00:18:12.216
  • "Through Him we receive grace."
  • 00:18:12.316 --> 00:18:13.985
  • Last chapter of Romans,"The grace of our Lord
  • 00:18:14.085 --> 00:18:16.320
  • Jesus Christ bewith you all."
  • 00:18:16.420 --> 00:18:17.922
  • First chapterof 1 Corinthians 1,
  • 00:18:18.022 --> 00:18:19.891
  • "Grace to youand peace from God our Father
  • 00:18:19.991 --> 00:18:21.993
  • and the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:18:22.093 --> 00:18:23.060
  • Last chapter of 1 Corinthians,
  • 00:18:23.161 --> 00:18:24.829
  • "The grace of ourLord Jesus Christ be with you."
  • 00:18:24.929 --> 00:18:26.764
  • 2 Corinthians, "Grace to you,"and then he goes on,
  • 00:18:26.864 --> 00:18:29.567
  • "and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:18:29.667 --> 00:18:31.669
  • The last chapterof 2 Corinthians,
  • 00:18:31.769 --> 00:18:32.870
  • "Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,the love of God,
  • 00:18:32.970 --> 00:18:35.273
  • the communion of the Holy Spiritbe with you all."
  • 00:18:35.373 --> 00:18:37.041
  • First chapter of Galatians,"Grace to you."
  • 00:18:37.141 --> 00:18:39.710
  • The last chapter of Galatians,"Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:18:39.810 --> 00:18:42.146
  • be with your spirit."
  • 00:18:42.246 --> 00:18:43.147
  • First of Ephesians,"Grace to you."
  • 00:18:43.247 --> 00:18:44.982
  • Last of Ephesians,"Grace be with those
  • 00:18:45.082 --> 00:18:46.951
  • who love our Lord Jesus."
  • 00:18:47.051 --> 00:18:48.252
  • First of Philippians,"Grace to you."
  • 00:18:48.352 --> 00:18:49.620
  • Last of Philippians, "The graceof our Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:18:49.720 --> 00:18:51.956
  • be with you all."
  • 00:18:52.056 --> 00:18:53.024
  • First of Colossians,"Grace to you."
  • 00:18:53.124 --> 00:18:54.659
  • Last of Colossians,"Grace be with you."
  • 00:18:54.759 --> 00:18:56.827
  • First of Thessalonians,"Grace to you."
  • 00:18:56.928 --> 00:18:58.596
  • Last of 1 Thessalonians, "Thegrace of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:18:58.696 --> 00:19:01.332
  • be with you."
  • 00:19:01.432 --> 00:19:02.366
  • First of 2 Thessalonians,"Grace to you."
  • 00:19:02.466 --> 00:19:04.936
  • Last of 2 Thessalonians,"The grace of our Lord
  • 00:19:05.036 --> 00:19:07.605
  • Jesus Christ be with you all."
  • 00:19:07.705 --> 00:19:08.773
  • First of 1 Timothy,"Grace, mercy, and peace
  • 00:19:08.873 --> 00:19:11.108
  • from God the Father and our LordJesus Christ, our Savior."
  • 00:19:11.209 --> 00:19:13.477
  • Last verse in 1 Timothy 6,"Grace be with you."
  • 00:19:13.578 --> 00:19:16.681
  • First of 2 Timothy,"Grace, mercy, and peace."
  • 00:19:16.781 --> 00:19:20.918
  • Last of 2 Timothy,"Grace be with you."
  • 00:19:21.018 --> 00:19:23.154
  • First of Titus, "Grace,mercy, and peace."
  • 00:19:23.254 --> 00:19:25.223
  • Last of Titus, "Gracebe with you all."
  • 00:19:25.323 --> 00:19:27.058
  • First of Philemon,"Grace to you."
  • 00:19:27.158 --> 00:19:28.626
  • Last of Philemon, "The graceof our Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:19:28.726 --> 00:19:31.195
  • be with your spirit."
  • 00:19:31.295 --> 00:19:32.330
  • You start with graceand you end with grace.
  • 00:19:32.430 --> 00:19:34.899
  • [applause]
  • 00:19:34.999 --> 00:19:39.704
  • I'm confident.
  • 00:19:41.272 --> 00:19:42.773
  • I'm confident of this one thing,
  • 00:19:42.873 --> 00:19:46.110
  • that He who hasbegun a good work
  • 00:19:46.210 --> 00:19:47.578
  • in you will complete it.
  • 00:19:47.678 --> 00:19:50.381
  • You got saved by grace,and you're gonna stay
  • 00:19:50.481 --> 00:19:53.484
  • saved by grace.
  • 00:19:53.584 --> 00:19:55.386
  • It's completelyand totally of His grace.
  • 00:19:55.486 --> 00:19:58.389
  • Now, I want to show you...[applause]
  • 00:19:58.489 --> 00:20:01.292
  • I want to show youa picture of grace,
  • 00:20:01.392 --> 00:20:04.729
  • and in a momentit'll make sense,
  • 00:20:04.829 --> 00:20:06.631
  • the title of the message.
  • 00:20:06.731 --> 00:20:09.800
  • Dick and Judy Hoythad a son named Rick Hoyt.
  • 00:20:09.900 --> 00:20:13.971
  • When Rick was born,the umbilical cord
  • 00:20:14.071 --> 00:20:15.906
  • was around his neckand his oxygen supply
  • 00:20:16.007 --> 00:20:18.409
  • was cut off foran extended time.
  • 00:20:18.509 --> 00:20:21.012
  • And the doctors told them,"He will never walk or talk,
  • 00:20:21.112 --> 00:20:24.382
  • and you shouldinstitutionalize him,"
  • 00:20:24.482 --> 00:20:26.651
  • but they decided not to.
  • 00:20:26.751 --> 00:20:29.120
  • When he was 10 years old,some engineers developed...
  • 00:20:29.220 --> 00:20:33.891
  • and this was,by the way, in 1973,
  • 00:20:33.991 --> 00:20:35.760
  • so think aboutthe technology back then.
  • 00:20:35.860 --> 00:20:39.263
  • They developed a computer,because they found out
  • 00:20:39.363 --> 00:20:41.832
  • that Rick was extremelyintelligent, and Judy,
  • 00:20:41.932 --> 00:20:45.136
  • his mother, taught himhow to read,
  • 00:20:45.236 --> 00:20:48.072
  • then taught him the alphabet,
  • 00:20:48.172 --> 00:20:50.207
  • and he coulddo it with his eyes
  • 00:20:50.308 --> 00:20:52.410
  • by looking at letters,but he couldn't walk or talk.
  • 00:20:52.510 --> 00:20:56.213
  • So, then they developeda computer where he could look
  • 00:20:56.314 --> 00:20:58.983
  • at a letter and bump,like a big mouse thing,
  • 00:20:59.083 --> 00:21:03.621
  • and click that letter,and he could learn to spell
  • 00:21:03.721 --> 00:21:06.524
  • and write sentences,and then the computer
  • 00:21:06.624 --> 00:21:08.259
  • would actually talk.
  • 00:21:08.359 --> 00:21:10.328
  • That technology nowis all over the world
  • 00:21:10.428 --> 00:21:13.864
  • helping handicapped people,but they invented it
  • 00:21:13.964 --> 00:21:15.800
  • for this young man, and it'sbeen advanced many times.
  • 00:21:15.900 --> 00:21:20.237
  • When he was 15 years old,one of his classmates
  • 00:21:20.338 --> 00:21:22.640
  • was in an accidentand paralyzed,
  • 00:21:22.740 --> 00:21:24.508
  • and they were going to run a 5Kto raise money for him, and he,
  • 00:21:24.608 --> 00:21:30.548
  • through the computer,said to his father,
  • 00:21:30.648 --> 00:21:32.650
  • "I want to run in that race."
  • 00:21:32.750 --> 00:21:35.353
  • So, his father,who was not a runner,
  • 00:21:35.453 --> 00:21:38.856
  • who served as a lieutenantcolonel in our armed forces,
  • 00:21:38.956 --> 00:21:41.592
  • decided to train so he couldpush his son in a wheelchair.
  • 00:21:41.692 --> 00:21:45.763
  • He got a 100-poundsack of concrete
  • 00:21:45.863 --> 00:21:48.532
  • and put it in a wheelchair,
  • 00:21:48.632 --> 00:21:50.234
  • and would run every daywhile his son was at school.
  • 00:21:50.334 --> 00:21:53.637
  • By the way, once theydeveloped that computer,
  • 00:21:53.738 --> 00:21:55.873
  • Rick was able to goto public school,
  • 00:21:55.973 --> 00:21:59.110
  • graduate from high school,
  • 00:21:59.210 --> 00:22:00.277
  • and then graduatefrom college as well.
  • 00:22:00.378 --> 00:22:03.347
  • So, his father pushed himin that race,
  • 00:22:03.447 --> 00:22:05.783
  • and after the race,through the computer,
  • 00:22:05.883 --> 00:22:07.585
  • he told his father,"When I'm running,
  • 00:22:07.685 --> 00:22:12.456
  • it's the only timeI don't feel handicapped."
  • 00:22:12.556 --> 00:22:18.462
  • So, his fatherkept doing this.
  • 00:22:18.562 --> 00:22:21.232
  • Now they have run in72 marathons and 257 triathlons.
  • 00:22:21.332 --> 00:22:34.245
  • A triathlon is2.4 miles of swimming,
  • 00:22:34.345 --> 00:22:41.318
  • 112 miles of cycling,and 26.2 miles,
  • 00:22:41.419 --> 00:22:48.659
  • which is a marathon,at the end of that of running.
  • 00:22:48.759 --> 00:22:53.431
  • When Rick, the son, swims,he's in a little raft,
  • 00:22:53.531 --> 00:22:59.770
  • and Dick, his father,is pulling him,
  • 00:22:59.870 --> 00:23:01.939
  • swimming in the water.
  • 00:23:02.039 --> 00:23:04.508
  • When Rick rides the cycle,he's in a chair
  • 00:23:04.608 --> 00:23:09.346
  • specially designed for himon the front of the bicycle
  • 00:23:09.447 --> 00:23:11.816
  • while his father pedals.
  • 00:23:11.916 --> 00:23:14.251
  • When Rick runs, he's in a chairthat his father pushes.
  • 00:23:14.351 --> 00:23:18.556
  • PASTOR ROBERT: I'm in the chair,and so are you.
  • 00:23:20.324 --> 00:23:24.762
  • Every finish line that we cross,
  • 00:23:24.862 --> 00:23:28.165
  • our Father is pulling us,
  • 00:23:28.265 --> 00:23:30.734
  • pushing us,and carrying us.
  • 00:23:30.835 --> 00:23:34.638
  • That's grace.
  • 00:23:34.738 --> 00:23:37.041
  • Grace is completelyunearned, unmerited,
  • 00:23:37.141 --> 00:23:41.745
  • but it's also unlimited.
  • 00:23:41.846 --> 00:23:44.081
  • So, I want youto hear that.
  • 00:23:44.181 --> 00:23:45.583
  • If you've messed up,God's grace is still there,
  • 00:23:45.683 --> 00:23:49.520
  • and all God is askingyou to do today -
  • 00:23:49.620 --> 00:23:52.857
  • today - is getin the chair.
  • 00:23:52.957 --> 00:23:56.594
  • You know, really He'sasking you to let Him
  • 00:23:56.694 --> 00:24:01.732
  • put you in the chair,because you can't even get
  • 00:24:01.832 --> 00:24:04.935
  • in the chair on your own.
  • 00:24:05.035 --> 00:24:06.971
  • So, I just want youto take a moment
  • 00:24:07.071 --> 00:24:09.139
  • and just tell the Lord,"Lord, put me in the chair.
  • 00:24:09.240 --> 00:24:14.178
  • I can't walkspiritually on my own.
  • 00:24:14.278 --> 00:24:16.747
  • I can't talkspiritually on my own.
  • 00:24:16.847 --> 00:24:19.016
  • I can't do anything.
  • 00:24:19.116 --> 00:24:21.352
  • I can't runmarathons on my own.
  • 00:24:21.452 --> 00:24:23.921
  • But Lord, I'll get in the chairand I'll let You push me.
  • 00:24:24.021 --> 00:24:28.392
  • I'll let You take meacross the finish line."
  • 00:24:28.492 --> 00:24:31.395
  • That's God's grace.
  • 00:24:31.495 --> 00:24:34.665
  • Just take a moment,just in your heart right now,
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  • and just give controlof your life to the Lord.
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  • Or, maybe you're a believerand there's a situation
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  • or a circumstancethat you're going through
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  • right now that you need to say,
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  • "Lord, this istoo big for me.
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  • I need You to carry meacross this finish line."
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  • And what's great about grace isthat it is completely unlimited,
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  • because our God is unlimited.
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  • and how these attributes applyto our everyday lives.
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  • I'm gonna continuenext time.
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  • I'll see you next time.
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