Grace is God’s gift to us. Grace is freely offered; it reaches out to us no matter where we are. As Methodists, we belief that life, with all its complexities and brokenness, is surrounded, nurtured, and ultimately defined by God’s Grace. As John Wesley, the father of Methodism, put it in words, grace is “free for ALL as well as IN ALL.”
Grace is essential in our faith tradition. We believe that even though God’s Grace is not dependent on human actions, it causes humans to act. The Christian life is a byproduct of God’s Grace. As Wesley affirmed, our good tempers, desires, actions, intentions, and purposes are expressions that “flow from the free grace of God.” This is the reason our church invites all individuals to recognize and embrace the abundant Grace that accompanies us every step of the way.
You are surrounded at this very moment by the unconditional, never-failing love of God; the love that caused “The Logos of God” (John 1: 1-3) to take on human form to be the Way to God, the Truth of God, and the abundant life flowing from the Godhead (John 14:6). “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Here is a personal invitation: open your heart to God, accept the salvation given by grace, which is received through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). Open yourself to God’s presence and power, and let that Divine presence give you new purpose, fill you with fresh life, and define who you are in the world.
If you want to learn more about the Wesleyan understanding of God’s Grace click here.
- John Wesley, Free Grace, ¶3-4, Retrieved from http://wesley.nnu.edu/john-wesley/the-sermons-of-john-wesley-1872-edition/sermon-128-free-grace/, on September 19, 2017.