The Grace of God: by Andy Stanley
Author: Andy Stanley
|“Grace. It’s what we crave most when our guilt is exposed. It’s the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted with the guilt of others—especially when their guilt has robbed us of something we consider valuable.|
Therein is the struggle, the struggle for grace. It’s this struggle that makes grace more story than doctrine. It’s the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than compassion or forgiveness. That struggle is the context for both. When we are on the receiving end, grace is refreshing. When it is required of us, it is often disturbing. But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about everything. This struggle is not new; it has been going on since the beginning.”
We find in the pages of Scripture that the stories found there often mirror our own stories, and that we too need the very thing we do not deserve: the grace of God.
From the beginning, the church has had an uneasy relationship with grace. The gravitational pull is always toward graceless religion. The odd thing is that when you read the New Testament, the only thing Jesus stood against consistently was graceless religion. The only group he attacked relentlessly was graceless religious leaders.
Even now as you think about grace, there might be a little voice in your head whispering, “It can’t be that easy!”
“What about obedience?”
“What about disobedience?”
“What about repeated misbehavior?”
“What about bad habits?”
“What about justice?”
“What about repentance?”
It’s this tension that makes grace so slippery. But that’s the beauty and the truth of grace. We don’t deserve it. We can’t earn it. It can’t be qualified. But God gives it to us anyway because he loves us unconditionally.
The story of grace is your story. And as you are about to discover grace plays a larger role than you imagine.
ISBN: 0849947162 EAN: 9780849947162
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
US SRP: 15.99 US
Pub Date: September 13, 2011
Features: Price on Product, Bibliography, Table of Contents
Physical Info: 0.6" H x 9.0" L x 6.0" W (0.7 lbs) 221 pages
Carton Quantity: 36
Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Each Sunday, more than 33,000 people attend one of NPM's seven Atlanta-area churches. In addition, NPM has planted over 25 churches outside the metro Atlanta area with a combined weekly attendance of more than 15,000. Over one million of Andy's messages are accessed from North Point websites monthly, including both leadership and sermon content. Andy and his wife, Sandra, live in Alpharetta, Georgia, and have three children. To learn more and to access free online resources, go to www.northpointministries.org
Table of Contents
The Story of Grace xiii
1. In the Beginning, Grace 1
2. Chosen by Grace 19
3. Surprised by Grace 33
4. Redeemed by Grace 51
5. Ruled by Grace 67
6. Rescued by Grace 77
7. Sustained by Grace 91
8. Puzzled by Grace 107
Intermission: Selah 119
9. Accepted by Grace 125
10. Reborn by Grace 145
11. Filled by Grace 165
12. Saved by Grace 179
13. Commissioned for Grace 193
How Sweet the Sound 211
About the Author 221
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