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9/5/19

Trained by Grace

The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passion, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age. (Titus 2.11-12)

When I hear the phrase “grace of God,” I tend to think primarily of forgiveness of sins.

To be sure, grace includes the forgiveness of sins, but grace is bigger than just that (as great as it is).  

“Grace of God” is a banner phrase describing all that God has done for us in Jesus.

This is why Paul says, “the grace of God has appeared.” The phrase describes the motivation for Jesus coming to us to be one of us, to live for us, to die for us, to give us the Spirit of God. All of this is “The grace of God!”

The grace of God is also a trainer.

If you have ever worked with a personal trainer, or physical therapist or a coach of some kind, you have a glimpse of how grace can work in our lives. Grace, Paul says, trains us. Grace trains us to renounces ungodliness and worldly passion and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives.

With this gospel reminder, I want to begin a five-part series on how grace trains us to renounce and to live.

Today, I just want to remind you that just as a coach or personal trainer has a vision for what you can do and what you can become, God’s grace is like that. God’s grace has a vision for you living a self-controlled life, which treats others with integrity (that’s what upright means), and honoring to God (that’s what godly means).

Just like a coach, grace will empower you, encourage you, challenge you to live in a way that you never thought possible.

So, today, as you seek to live a life in obedience to God, remember you have all the resources of heaven on your side. God’s grace is committed to training you to be all that God has saved you to become.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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