24th of January 2017

Welcome to church! Today we are going to continue to learn about The 5 Solas or truths of the Reformation and focus on “By grace alone”. So far we have seen that our salvation is to be based on the Bible alone and is in Christ alone.

Jason Helopoulos said, “The issue in the Reformation was not whether we are saved by grace through faith, in Christ. Everyone agreed with these principles. The issue was whether we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Alone makes all the difference”. We will be thinking about this as we consider Ephesians 2:1-10.

It is a wonderful thing that salvation is by grace alone. As sinners, which we all are, we are unable to offer anything to God for our salvation. Our salvation is accomplished by the “sovereign unmerited favour of God” (Helopoulos) who saves sinners when they put their trust in Jesus.

I am so grateful to God for enabling me to realise his grace. It was in 2004 when I started coming to services at St Clement’s and going to bible study that God’s grace flooded into my heart and changed my life. It was great to realise that my sins were forgiven and that I had peace with God. It has also been wonderful to be able to share this message of grace with others.

As Brittany and I finish our ministry with you today, we would like to thank you for the ministry that you have had to us and for the privilege of being able to serve you and the Mosman community. We are so grateful for your prayers, support, and fellowship and pray that you may continue to know the amazing grace of God!                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     James