3. Jesus and Grace - Retain the Standard

Desert Church of Christ
Pahrump, NV
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Our assemblies:
Sunday morning Bible study: 10:00 AM
Sunday morning worship: 11:00 AM
Sunday evening Bible study: 5:00 PM
Wednesday Bible Study: 6:00 PM
Evangelist: David F. Sims
“abundant grace was upon them all” Acts 4:33
God’s Abundant Grace
Acts 4:33
Jesus and Grace
Please open your Bible & follow along!
God’s Abundant Grace
Acts 4:33
• Might surprise you that the Gospels nowhere record
Jesus using the word “grace”
• Did Jesus teach about grace?
• Did Jesus extend grace?
• Did Jesus demonstrate God’s grace?
• 17 times in the Old Testament, God’s compassion is
directly connected with His grace. Jesus was also
full of compassion for people, and His compassion
moved Him to extend grace in His miracles,
parables, and interactions with people.
God’s Abundant Grace
Acts 4:33
• Outline: Jesus and Grace
– The perfect manifestation of God’s grace
– Grace in Jesus’ miracles
– Grace in Jesus’ parables
– Grace in Jesus’ interactions with people
God’s Abundant Grace
Acts 4:33
• The perfect manifestation of God’s grace
– Jesus was full of grace
• Lk. 2:40 “The Child continued to grow and become strong,
increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him”
• Jn. 1:14 “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we
saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full
of grace and truth.”
– Remember: God desires for us to seek & know Him, to love
& obey Him, and to be holy like Him.
– Jesus is the perfect embodiment of God’s effort to enable us
to know Him, love Him, and be like Him. Jesus is the full
manifestation of God’s grace.
– “For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were
realized through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17)
God’s Abundant Grace
Acts 4:33
• Grace in Jesus’ miracles (Matt. 15:29-31)
– Did Jesus owe miraculous favors to people?
• Did He owe a meal to the 5,000 or the 4,000?
• Why heal the sick? Cure the lepers? Restore the lame? Give sight to the
blind? Raise the dead? Cast out demons?
– Jesus could have lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and
never worked a single miracle, and He still would have been
able to save us from our sins. Miracles were a bonus!
– Miracles are supernatural…things that man cannot do. Grace is
when God does for man what man cannot do for himself.
– If Jesus did not owe them these miracles, He must have done
them by His Own compassionate free will: grace!
– Every miracle is a demonstration of Jesus’ willingness to show
favor to sinful people.
God’s Abundant Grace
Acts 4:33
• Grace in Jesus’ parables
– Jesus used parables to teach about grace
• The father of the prodigal son
– He received one who forsook him (Luke 15:11-24)
• The king who forgave debt (Matt. 18:21-27)
– He forgave more than could be repaid
• The generous employer (Matt. 20:1-16)
– He gave more than was earned
• The king who gave a wedding feast (Matt. 22:8-10)
– He welcomed the outcasts
God’s Abundant Grace
Acts 4:33
• Grace in Jesus’ interactions with people
Woman caught in adultery (John 8:3-11)
Canaanite woman (Matt. 15:21-28)
Thief on the cross (Luke 23:39-43)
Peter, who had denied Him 3 times (John 21:15-17)
Even us today
• John 1:16 “For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace”
• Acts 15:11 “we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus”
• 2 Cor. 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though
He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His
poverty might become rich.”
• Eph. 4:7 “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure
of Christ’s gift.”
God’s Abundant Grace
Acts 4:33
• Summary
– Jesus fully expresses God’s gracious intent to do good
for man.
– Jesus felt compassion for the weak, and graciously
worked miracles to aid them.
– Jesus taught about God’s abundant grace in several
– Jesus dealt graciously with people then and still today.
• Therefore: 2 Tim. 2:1
God’s Abundant Grace
Acts 4:33
And let us remember:
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing
salvation to all men, instructing us to deny
ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly,
righteously and godly in the present age…
(Titus 2:11-12)
God’s Abundant Grace
Acts 4:33
• Would you like to receive God’s grace today?
• Obey the Gospel!
• Believe His Word…that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who
died for our sins and was raised up.
• Repent of your sins…commit yourself to holiness.
• Confess your faith in God to save you.
• Be baptized into Jesus for forgiveness of your sins.
• Continue in the blessed relationship of His favor by
remaining faithful in holy conduct.
“abundant grace was upon them all” Acts 4:33
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