Big Apple Chapel is a New Testament based church in New York City, modeled after the pattern of the early church, with a strong emphasis on following Christ as a community of His disciples.

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    New York, NY
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BAC Sermons

Grace Under Pressure

1994-02-01 Ephesians 2:8-9

8  by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God  9 Not by works, lest any man should boast.

Grace is the coin of the realm of heave; it is necessary to transact business in the spiritual realm. Without it we're broke.

Grace is something we can't get ourselves, but which must be given to us.

Faith is the channel along which the grace flows.

We are being (present indic.) having been saved (perfect passive participle -completed action in the past with continuing results)

"that" is neuter referring to the whole salvation process, not faith nor grace (both are feminine nouns)

Every aspect of our salvation is a function of the grace of God, responded to by faith.

I. Justification


Ro 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ:

Ro 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he has [something] to glory [about]; but not before God. 3 For what says the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness 4 Now to him that works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.5 But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.6 Even as David also describes the blessedness of the man, to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works, 7 [Saying], Blessed [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.8 Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

II. Sanctification

2Co 6:1 We then, workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

A. Standing 2Co 12:9 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2Ti 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Ac 13:43 ...who,speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Ga 5:4 Christ is become of no effect to you, whoever of you are justified by the law; ye have fallen from grace.

Heb 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and by it many be defiled;

B. Serving 2Co 9:8 And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:

Ro 12:3 through the grace given to me, I say...not to think more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us...

Ro 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith..Ro 15:15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly to you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me from God, 1Co 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds upon it. But let every man take heed how he builds upon it.

2Co 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every [thing, in] faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and [in] all diligence, and [in] your love to us, [see] that ye abound in this grace also.

Eph 3:8 To me...least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Eph 4:7 But to every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.

Eph 6:24 Grace [be] with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Heb 12:28 Sine we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

1Pe 4:10 As every man has received the gift, [even so] minister

the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Jas 4:6 But he gives more grace. Wherefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

III. Glorification

1Pe 1:10 Of this salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] to you: 13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

1Pe 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

2Co 1:15 And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, that ye might have a second grace/benefit.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:

1. Are you an abstainer, abuser or user of grace?

2. Do you view grace as something for your benefit or the benefit of others?

3. How is someone saved who doesn't have the capacity to exercise faith?

4. Does "increasing" our grace or faith "increase" our salvation?

5. What's lthe result of salvation being by grace/faith?