Sermon Summary Notes

 Sunday 5th July 2020

Liberating Grace

Peter Godwin

LIBERATING GRACE

Perfectionism:  “Trying to prove our worth by being perfect.”

 

“You began your life in Christ by the Spirit. Now are you trying to make it complete by your own power?  That is foolish.”  Galatians 3:3 (New Century Version)

 

HOW PERFECTIONISM HARMS US

*  IT DEFEATS OUR INITIATIVE

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.”  Ecclesiastes 11:4 (Living Bible)

 

*  IT DAMAGES OUR RELATIONSHIPS

“Love forgets mistakes; nagging about them parts the best of friends.”  Proverbs 17:9 (Living Bible)

 

*  IT DESTROYS OUR HAPPINESS 

“Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise.  Why should you ruin yourself?” 

Ecclesiastes 7:16 (New American Standard)

 

HOW TO R.E.L.A.X. IN GOD’S GRACE

REALISE NOBODY’S PERFECT

“Nothing is perfect except (God’s) Word.”  Psalm 119:96 (Living Bible)

 

“There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.”

Ecclesiastes 7:20 (Good News)

 

ENJOY GOD’S UNCONDTIONAL LOVE

“See how very much our Heavenly Father loves us, for He allows us to be called His children — think of it — and we really are!”  1 John 3:1 (Living Bible)

 

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”  Romans 8:31 (New International Version)

 

LET GOD HANDLE THINGS

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7 (New International Version)

 

“A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life.”  Proverbs 14:30 (Living Bible)

 

ACT IN FAITH, NOT FEAR

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith …”  Ephesians 2:8 (New International Version)

 

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him.”

Colossians 2:6 (New International Version)

 

EXCHANGE OUR PERFECTIONISM FOR GOD’S PEACE

“Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest … Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”

Matthew 11:28-29 (Message)

 

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