Amazing Grace - Ministry Videos
Amazing Grace. Randall Niles looks at the Good News that sets the message of Jesus Christ apart from the other man-made, religious attempts to reconcile with God.
Many people sincerely believe that they can earn Gods ticket to paradise by doing good works -- for example, by observing the Five Pillars of Islam, the Buddhist Eight-Fold Path, the Hindu Doctrine of Karma, the Jewish Law, or the New Age call to global, environmental unity. Even many Christian churches focus on what rules and rituals must be followed to earn salvation.
However, as much as we create religions to work our way to God, most of us ultimately experience emptiness an unfulfilled (maybe even despairing) state of our soul. The ancient scriptures are pretty clear They tell us that we can scrub and scrub using an abundance of soap but the stain of our guilt is still before God (Jeremiah 2:22). In fact, all of us are unclean, and our righteous acts are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).
Whereas religion focuses on what we must do to earn Gods favor, Jesus Christ said, Done! Since none of our religious acts are good enough to achieve reconciliation with God, God sent his only Son to do everything for us to pay for all our wrongs. That's Amazing Grace.
Simply, Gods Grace has nothing to do with organized religion. Its not about hierarchical structures, ornate buildings, flamboyant preachers, ceremonial tithing, family connections, interpretive doctrines, or traditional rules and rituals. Its about trusting in Jesus and what He did on the cross for you and me. Jesus Christ is either the Son of God who offers the only true hope for our world, or hes not. Strip away everything else all the religious words and rituals because its all about Gods Grace in the end.
Does this mean don't go to church, respect your pastor, or give to charity? Of course not -- Its just a matter of perspective motivation heart.
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