Monthly Archives: May 2015

He Giveth More Grace

Reading Jerry Bridges’ book Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love, I came across this poem by Annie Johnson Flint:

He Giveth More Grace

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions he addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limits; His grace has no measure.
His pow’r has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!

 

As we read through Romans, take some time to reflect on God’s grace!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

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More on assurance…

We’ve been hearing about assurance the last few weeks at church (esp. Romans 5:1–11), and so I thought I’d share some online articles I’ve found helpfully clear:

Freedom, certainty, and assurance (Mark Thompson): http://matthiasmedia.com/briefing/1992/11/freedom-certainty-and-assurance/

The assurance of faith (Peter Jensen): http://www.opc.org/nh.html?article_id=170

What is the greatest of all Protestant ‘heresies’? (Sinclair Ferguson) http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-greatest-all-protestant-heresies/

Why come to church?

Honestly, why did you come to church today?

Some weeks we don’t feel like it, it might even be wrong or mixed reasons, or some weeks even out of obligation for the church roster.

God encourages us to come out of joy and thankfulness, with confidence, because of the assurance of our salvation in Jesus Christ.

Our assurance of salvation means we don’t come to earn our salvation, or tick the religion box.

Assurance frees us from fear, guilt, and anxiety. What a burden to be released from!

Assurance means we can come together not for our own good, but for the good of others. Everything we need has been taken care of, so we are set free to focus on others.

Let’s not give up meeting together, but consider how we may love one another each week. Next week, have a read of Hebrews 10:19–25 before coming!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Grace: Free, or not at all.

In his book Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love, Jerry Bridges writes:

‘If you are trusting to any degree in your own morality or religious attainments, or if you believe God will somehow recognise any of your good works as merit toward your salvation, you need to seriously consider if you are truly Christian.’

Strong words, but words faithful to what we have read in Romans 1–4. Our efforts to complete what God’s grace begins are not only futile, and betray our pride, but worst of all offend the Lord. Grace is absolutely free, or it is not at all.

If you are still unsure of God’s grace and our response by faith, treat yourself this week to re-read Romans 1–5. Enjoy the sweet peace and joy and assurance only the gospel of grace gives!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Faith Alone

Arguably, the most important teaching of the Bible is that our salvation is by faith alone.

So important is it, that we Protestants broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 1500’s because they deny salvation by faith alone.

In Romans 4, the Apostle Paul argues that salvation is by faith alone, and always has been. Salvation can only be a gift from God, and so must be received with empty hands.

As Augustus Toplady wrote in the hymn Rock of Ages:

Nothing in my hand I bring,

Simply to Thy cross I cling;

Naked, come to Thee for dress,

Helpless, look to Thee for grace;

Foul I to the Fountain fly

Wash me, Saviour, or I die!

Let’s encourage one another in faith alone!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

How Can I Be Right With God?

The most important question for humanity is: ‘How can we be made right with God?’

The Apostle Paul has carefully, and convincingly, shown we are all wrong with God (Romans 1:18–3:18): there is no one right with God, not even one.

Today’s passage brings a sigh of relief (Romans 3:21–26). But now… God gives the free gift of righteousness through his Son Jesus. It is by grace we are saved.

Three images describe this good news:

  • Justification: God the judge of the law court justifies declaring us ‘not guilty;’
  • Redemption: God has set us free (redeemed) from sin by paying the price of His blood on the Cross; and
  • Sacrifice of atonement: God has provided the ‘sacrifice of atonement’ in Jesus to take the wrath we deserve.

All we have to do is have faith alone in Jesus as the way we are made right with God.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.