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what_is_graceGrace is amazing, but is also misunderstood. Jesus is full of grace and truth. Check out these three reflective questions and three elements of grace:

1. Are you trying to earn your way into heaven?

Grace is an undeserved gift.

You can work for a paycheck, but that is not grace. True grace is not based on how you look, how popular you are, how many talents you have, or any goals you can accomplish. Trying to be a good person does not achieve grace. Jesus loves you before you ever have any interest in Him. He could not offer you more, and He showers you with kindness.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

2. Are you living in denial or carrying destructive guilt and shame?

We all need God’s grace.

God’s love has been proven on a cross through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. This death on our behalf was tragic and beautiful. The One who was sinless paid the full price for our sins. We all need forgiveness for our attitudes, actions, motivations, and words that are not pure and good. Jesus shed His blood so that we can be set free and His death covers all of our rebellion.

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

3. Is there anything preventing you from following Jesus?

You can experience God’s eternal grace through Jesus.

Every person makes their own faith decisions. Trusting Jesus is similar to sitting in a chair. You can say that a chair is sturdy and think it is reliable, but faith is real when you put your full weight on the chair. It is not enough to intellectually agree that Jesus died for your sins and is risen from the grave. You need to make a clear decision of your will, like a couple on their wedding day. When you choose to put your trust in Jesus, your sins are forgiven, you have peace with God, and you are accepted into His family forever.
 
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

If you are ready to put your trust in Jesus now, tell Him through this prayer:
Gracious God,
Thank you for Jesus and the sacrifice You have made for me.
I acknowledge that I have sinned against You in so many ways.
Today I repent as I turn from my sin and decide to follow you, Lord Jesus.
I receive the gift of eternal life and am so grateful that You will never leave me or forsake me.
I pray this all in Jesus’ name. Amen.

What’s Next?
It is a joy to grow in your faith and in your relationship with Jesus. Here are some helpful next steps:
1. Begin to read the Bible, starting in the Gospel of John.

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2. Find a healthy church where you can get connected.

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3. Check out daily videos to inspire you: activatelife.org.

How do you grow in your faith during the week? Are you seeing and making the most of the opportunities God is giving you? Activate exists to awaken faith in two ways:

  • To help you stay close to Jesus every day.
  • To inspire you to put your faith into action.

All of us need encouragement during the week, and our prayer is that the content of this site will deepen your relationship with Jesus.

4. Watch other people’s stories of faith.


Visit us at Grace Community Church
Come as you are! We offer three weekend worship services in our Worship Center—Saturdays at 5:00pm, and Sundays at 9:00 and 10:45am. All three worship services offer the same message, same worship music, and same children’s programming for kids ages newborn through fifth grade. We also offer live streaming during all of our worship services for those who are unable to attend in person.