Sermon Questions – November 6, 2016

How do you be all things to all people without ‘watering down’ the message?

Paul was all things to all people.   Can we do the same?  I think that would be reflective of gifting.  We are called to make disciples of others…. And I think I’d suggest that we start doing that by each of us just being ourselves.  As we each do that, the church in turn becomes all things to all people by the Holy Spirit working in each individual.   The message is not watered down, because the message that comes through us is from the Holy Spirit and not us.

 

What is the difference between God’s mercy and God’s grace?  Is there a limit for both of them?  In the Old Testament I believed that God’s mercy and grace reached its limit.  When God said to Moses  “Get away from these stubborn people,  I will destroy them and start a new race from you, ue to disobedience.   In the New Testament does God’s mercy and grace through the Lord Jesus Christ have a limit too?

So this is a great question.  Mercy and Grace have a lot in common, but are both different….  One writer describes the difference this way; “mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it. Mercy is deliverance from judgment. Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy.”

I think that is a fair representation of the difference.  Is there a limit to them?  Not that we know of.   God encourages us to show mercy and grace to one another in abundance, and I can’t fathom God having limits to his mercy and grace.  In the reference you shared of God speaking to Moses I wouldn’t agree that it shows God’s limit.  Yes God says that but also God does not destroy them and start over.  He shows both mercy and grace in that situation.   In the New Testament there is little that would have us question God’s mercy and grace.  The only thing I can think if is what we read in  Luke 12:10  where it clearly states that there is one sin considered eternal and that is “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit”.  What that entirely means I’m not sure anyone fully knows.a