For by grace we have been saved through faith not of works lest any man should boast. – Paul
The Christian faith presents many paradoxes, which initially to the newcomer of the faith don’t make sense. To the agnostic or atheist, Christianity is pure foolishness.
Key Principles of God’s Good News
- To get – give.
- Experience freedom – forgive all.
- To be served – first, serve others.
- To be exalted – humble yourself.
- To receive love – first love.
- To have wisdom – please God, not man.
- To live – you must die to self.
- Grace is the heart of God’s good news story.
- Grace is weightless. It carries no weight.
- Grace makes no demands.
- Grace cannot be earned or purchased.
- Grace is Abba Father’s precious gift to all.
- Grace is 100% free; Jesus paid in full our debt at the cross with his blood.
Understanding and experiencing grace makes all the difference. Like in Charles Dickens’ book A Christmas Carl, the remarkable story of Ebenezer Scrooge, or the movie The Mission, about John Newman’s life moving him to write Amazing Grace.
Once again coaching basketball gave me a leg up on weightless Grace.
The gravest mistake coaches make is motivating through fear.
Think of this idea. If a coach thinks a player is great, the player will be a better player at the end of the season.
Now conversely, if the coach does not like an athlete’s game at the start of the season, the common outcome is the player lives up to the Coach’s expectation.
Romans 5:8 was the foundational truth that changed Fred Crowell in 1966.
God proves His love for us that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
This is weightless grace at it’s best.
Weightless grace powers us to run the race he has set before us.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2