In the last post we discussed Peter’s wondrous turn of phrase: “growing in grace”. I likened it to a plant that grows in the soil, and we discussed briefly being rooted in Christ and established in the faith. I want to return to Peter’s primary thought today, and specifically to my illustration. If growing in […]
Tom Brennan is the pastor of the Maplewood Bible Baptist Church in Chicago, where he has served since 2004. Prior to that he founded and pastored a church in rural Pennsylvania. Maplewood is a vibrant, multi-ethnic, inner-city work more than a century old but full of life. He and his wife, Mandy, have three children. Brennan’s Pen is Tom’s writing ministry. Birthed in 2014, it includes a blog, daily emails designed for men in ministry, as well as his books. Tom welcomes interaction with his readers. You can contact him on Facebook at Brennan’s Pen.
One of the best known of all the references to grace in the Bible is Peter’s summary statement at the conclusion of his second epistle, But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. Certainly, this is a command or […]
Grace is the means by which I become a Christian, and faith is the mechanism that makes those means effectual. Put another way, faith is the hand that reaches up to God to access the grace I must have in order to get saved. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we […]
Peter tells us that grace is a many-splendored thing. (I Peter 4:10)Thus far we have examined two aspects of grace, saving grace – the unmerited favor that results in my salvation, and helping grace – the unmerited favor that helps me to do what God tells me to do. In this post I want to examine yet another […]
This is post #2 in a series on Grace. Grace is a gem with many facets. Peter said as much when he admonished us, As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10) “Manifold” means numerous or varied, and […]
This is post #1 in a series on Grace. Perhaps the most famous hymn in Christendom is John Newton’s “Amazing Grace”. It can arguably be said that no one described grace better than he when he said, Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch; like me! I once was lost, but now […]