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SHED NIGHT // SHED HAPPENS is for MEN to support one another. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”. Proverbs 27:17

I have had a great night out with friends to night when I was challenged to explain the meaning of a word we use often in Church circles and now believe is misunderstood by many, in the Church as well as those seeking to know God. We use it in some interesting sentences and even make excuses for our behaviour using it.

The word is GRACE. We did a quick survey asking those around us what they understood by GRACE. So my challenge to you if you will accept is, what do you understand by GRACE and how would you put it in simple terms for the Auzie bloke that is seeking to know God?

I reckon that after Pastors preaching it Sermon after Sermon week in and week out, we may have quiet differing explanations of it.

I will start by a story; I met a bloke hobbling along the road with no shoes and blisters on his feet. After talking briefly with him I became aware he had started on a long trip with little or no chance of making it. I wanted to help so I could have got him some bandages for the blisters or shoes to protect his feet but I chose to give him free of charge a brand new top of the range all expenses payed insured  ready to go car to complete the trip. No strings attached. My car, so now I would be on foot to continue my trip.

Be careful, the words we use may just confuse us, as much as the will others. What do you mean when you say GRACE be with you?

I look forward to your thoughts. Simple meaning not theology.

Wayne

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Comment by Luke William Doecke on December 2, 2011 at 5:43
G'day men. I won't take credit for this one. Just read it in a devotion I get daily. 'Understand this: Grace is the power to excel or licence to just get by. Either way, you're accepted and considered righteous in God's eyes the moment you trust in Christ.' this hit the nail on the head for me this morning! Luke
Comment by Matt Dutschke on November 23, 2011 at 21:07

Scott, I read "Destined to Reign" also and you are right, it was amazing to recieve such a fantastic message of Grace a release of guilt, hurt and pain which I have not experienced before. It gave me such a new perpective of my Father and my faith. I recieve daily devotions from Joseph Prince ministries and find them really excellent. I must have a look at the website link you gave. Thanks, Matt 

Comment by Scott Carson on November 22, 2011 at 22:02

Matt, you are on the ball! I agree completely with reading that book "Unmerited Favour. A great one of Joseph Prince to read first however is "Destined to Reign"!  That book, completely turned my faith on it's head! Gives one such a feeling of absolute freedom and liberty!!! I Then read Unmerited Favour Later! They are both so good. There is also a Destined to Reign Devotion book which is excellent. You can get the book at most book stores.Look it up online. I

 

Another way I have learnt a lot about grace is another guy called John Sheasby. His website is www.liberatedliving.com and if you go to the media section, he has endless sermons to be downloaded and put on ipod or whatever. I love the series called "SON". Would love to hear from anyone who has a listen. It is all about being a son of God, not a servant of God! Coming out of the servants quarters and into the Father's House!

 

Comment by Matt Dutschke on November 22, 2011 at 21:01

If you want a great read about Grace I recommend highly "Unmerited Favour" by Joseph Prince. Grace is recieving when we do not deserve it.

Matt

Comment by Scott Carson on November 20, 2011 at 22:01

I reckon Grace, is God's unmerited, unearned, undeserved favour! In this, God has made a way for us to have right standing before him. Jesus has taken all of our sin and we stand before him, in spite of all our failings, clean, spotless and without blemish. This has  a twofold purpose, first of all, we know we are always in God's unconditional love with no strings attached. Secondly, this "Grace" is empowering. The more we look to who Christ has made us, and to Christ, we are changed from the inside out. Grace is amazing. Lastly, the bible tells us that Grace is a man and God and His name is Jesus. The law (commandments)  came on stone (unpersonal, lack of relationship, cold and powerless to change us), Grace came as a person!(In relationship, loving and having done all of it for us on our behalf, so that we can just believe into it and also having the ability to change us) That is my understanding of Grace! Thus endeth the lesson. :)

Comment by Wayne Niebling on November 20, 2011 at 19:25

Hi Frank, good to remember that we need to pass on what we receive, not hitting back is a good reminder,

Wayne

Hi Frank, good to remember that we need to pass on what we receive, not hitting back is a good reminder.

Wayne

Comment by Frank Cowell on November 20, 2011 at 16:11

G'day Wayne, Watto, Darryl & Luke,

I reckon Grace for me is not hitting back when I feel someone has hurt me, giving a bloke the benefit of the doubt when he makes a blue, blessing someone when I really don't feel like it. GRACE is what God gives me every day....unmerited favour. blessings, Frank

Comment by Darryl Redden on November 19, 2011 at 22:02

Hey Watto, don't forget that not everyone is a truckie, so you don't need to talk to them like they are. Good stuff though for stirring things up a bit.

Hey Luke, yeah I wonder why we do say that as well. We should say something like let's give thanks for this food or something like that.

Wayne you know you have done a good blog when you get Watto all fired up. Well done champion. Darryl

 

Comment by IAN (WATTO) WATSON on November 19, 2011 at 22:01

Wayne,A man convinced against his will ,remains the same man still.Not every man spends saturday on the web site.

Enjoy the ride.GBU Watto

Comment by Wayne Niebling on November 19, 2011 at 21:55

Great stuff where are all the other blokes, too shy to have a go. No judgment at the Shed, courage is the key.

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