Category: Women’s Ministry
This thoughtful quote is from one of my favourite authors, Sinclair Ferguson. To grow in grace is to allow Jesus’ redeeming love to act in our undeserving lives to change us to be more and more like Christ. The pattern of Jesus’ life was one of sacrifice, being misunderstood, and many adversities….he was unjustly accused. And, He ultimately died for it- in God’s great plan of salvation for us. All the while Jesus lived on this earth He showed us how to serve and love God and others. He was filled with God’s purpose and joy within Him. We too, should expect adversity, trials, testing, persecution, and injustice toward us at some point in our lives. When Jesus suffered, we suffered. When He died, we died. But also, when He was raised, we will be raised too! We will be with Him in glory! The glory of WHO HE IS in all his majesty. And we will be like Him. The grace of God’s gospel is what grows us to be more and more like Jesus.
These last few months have proven to be stretching for me. In trying to serve God, the enemy has thrown relational toxic stuff at me. Yes, it hurts. It’s painful. But you know, God has it all in hand through His purposes. I am preaching the Gospel to myself everyday. He is transforming me into His likeness. I can trust Him because I am in Christ. I am able to pray for these dear ones. That’s Christ in me. And I realize that I do most of my growing in grace when circumstances or relationships are challenging. When things are wonderful, I face the temptation of self-righteousness and self-reliance. This is a dangerous place to be as a follower of Christ.
So be encouraged. If you are facing adversity in some form or another, God’s grace that saved you is the same grace that is sustaining you! More than that, He is growing you to be more and more like Jesus!
I have been praying for us this week that we will celebrate God’s amazing grace every day—- His grace that saved us when we accepted Christ as our Lord and Saviour, but more-than-amazing grace that sustains us. It keeps and preserves us and grows us!
As I have been preparing and studying for the coming study for this month, LIVING OUT GOD’S Grace: Transforming Grace, I came across a short quote from one of my heroes of the faith, Joni Eareckson Tada. She talks about what it looks like to live out God’s glory in our lives as the Holy Spirit transforms us into Christ’s image, one day at time. I found it very helpful and hope that you do as well:
“Glory, I’ve learned, is what God is all about. His essential
being. Whenever you talk about His character or attributes – like
holiness, love, compassion, justice, truth, or mercy – that’s God’s
So how is it that you and I can glorify God? It happens every
time we reveal His attributes in the course of our daily lives.
Every time you share the good news of Christ with another. Every time
you reflect patience in the middle of an upsetting or perplexing
problem. Every time you smile from the heart or offer an encouraging
word. Whenever those around you see God’s character displayed in your
attitudes and responses, you are displaying His glory.
God’s glory isn’t reserved for a temple of stone or some
heavenly vista. It can shine out clearly while you’re changing a flat on
the freeway … or counseling an angry co-worker … or lying in a
hospital bed … or balancing two crying babies in the church nursery.”
As we ponder this transforming grace this month, let us pray for one another that we will understand and allow the Holy Spirit to do that transforming work in us; to glorify God.
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
Until next week,
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NIV
Hi girls! A fresh new week is upon us! I hope and pray you have had a refreshing half term.
Tonight is a good way to get back into the swing of routine, school, and see your sisters in Christ…and most importantly, to take time to be reminded of Christ’s love for you through His Word.
- WHERE: Corsham Baptist Church Hall
- WHEN: TONIGHT, 30 October, 7:30PM
Come with great expectations to be nurtured with food, fellowship, and the WORD!
The next bible study is now online on this website and there are hard copies at CBC and COTG. Especially with half term fast approaching, I got them out earlier than usual so that you will have time to meet with your study buddy!
As we study what it is to live out God’s grace in our lives, we are focusing on how important it is to be grounded in His grace as we embrace our new identity in Christ. We can’t embrace it if we don’t truly understand the implications when we became Christians or as I like to say, followers of Christ.
Have a blessed week,