MTS2 Session Five: To Walk in Grace

MTS-2 Bar Montenegro

October 2009


Session Five

Why Am I Here?  To Walk In Grace

How Do I Love My Team?  Philippians 2:1-11

We each learn to live by grace by choosing our words carefully. Married men, especially, pay attention to this next video.

Session Intro:
Let’s define grace. There are a lot of different things people believe about grace. How would you define it?

Table Time:
Having grace toward each other has a lot to do with how we deal with conflict. Let’s look at the following passages in our table time and answer the following questions.

Disagreements and conflicts in the NT
Look up the following passages (each group does one passage)
Luke 10:38-42
Acts 15:36-41
Galatians 2:11-21
Philippians 4:2-3

Then, answer the following questions:
1. Who are the main people?
2. Why (if you can tell) did they disagree?
3. How was the problem solved? (or was it?)
4. Why do you think this was put in the Bible?
(Two slides)

Teaching Intro:
Define grace:
There are a lot of definitions and acrostics that help us remember what grace is:
God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense
God’s Radical And Complete Embrace
Grace is getting from God what we don’t deserve; mercy is not getting what we deserve; judgment is getting what we deserve.

Grace in the Bible is “giving kindness, favor, blessing and extending support to someone who doesn’t deserve it “
Some examples from Scripture:
•    Jesus grew in grace or favor with God and man.
•    The church in Acts had grace or favor with all of Jerusalem.
•    Stephen was full of grace and power when he declared God’s message and was martyred.
•    God wants us to live by grace, demonstrate grace, and grow in grace.

Dr. Henry Cloud, in his book Integrity writes that successful leaders always bring three elements into their relationships, ministry, work, or leadership.
They:
1.    Have a set of competencies. That is, they are good at something.
2.    Have the ability to build alliances. That is, they get along with others and people trust them.
3.    Have the character to sustain success and not goof it up.

Grace is that element in our character that maintains trust and consistencies in our ministries and relationships.

Teaching Closing:
Read through Philippians 2:1-11. This is possibly the most practical passage on how to walk in grace. Look at how we are to live unselfishly and put others first, take care of other’s needs, stay away from selfish ambitions, walk in unity and purpose.  Why should we live this kind of life? Because this is what Jesus did and what He gives us we get to give away to others.

Sociologists have studied the way we respond to one another when we talk. When a conversation is broken down to the 1/10 of a second, one can see small gestures or re-posturing happen when the first person shifts or changes positions. Each shifting or gesture gets a responding re-posturing from the other person who is listening. It really ends up looking like a dance the way we shift our postures as we dialogue with others.
When we take the posture of grace toward one another, and live by grace toward those outside the church, there is a re-posturing in the culture around you, as the lost shift positions about what Christianity is all about, who Christians are, and really who Jesus is. A futurist from the 60’s said to the growing modern media industry, “The medium is the message.” (Marshall McCluhan) A huge part of the message you carry is the life of grace you live. We each have to declare the words of the Great News, but our lives are the message as well. Your life of grace attracts and reveals Christ to others and they will, on this side of heaven, bow their knee to Christ as Lord.

Close in Prayer from the Front:

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