As Christians celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this month, we do well to remember that this was a time when there was a rediscovery or re-emphasis of God's grace. Ephesians 2:1-10 shines great light on the truth that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone without any kind of works which we contribute to it. This passage reminds us that grace comes to men who are dead in sin, enslaved to sin, and condemned by it. Salvation is an act of God's mercy and love, beginning and ending with God. God makes us alive with Christ, raises us with Him, seats with Jesus Christ! Salvation is all entirely God's work (Romans 11:6), although one who receives salvation by grace alone will be full of good works. Pastor Dale Ralph Davis reminds us, ‚ÄúIt is not only by grace alone that we become God‚Äôs people but by grace alone we remain His people.‚ÄĚ
We are thankful for our broadcasters who continue to provide us with sermons each week that reminds us of God's saving and sustaining grace. As we interact with them, they share with us how God is using our partnership to further God's work. Here's what a few of them have communicated recently.
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Encouraging broadcaster feedback..
Below is some of the feedback from broadcasters we've received just this past week. We encourage you to contact them and tell them that you saw them here!
Cody Almanzar, Grace Family Church www.sermonaudio.com/gfccc"The reputation that SermonAudio has is excellent. One man in our community was looking for a church and had listened to other messages on SermonAudio. When he found us on the SermonAudio site he visited our church and eventually joined with us. We have people contact us who hear our messages. We are grateful for the trusted content you make available on the site and are glad to be associated with it."
Pastor Sammy Burns, Grace Covenant Baptist Church www.sermonaudio.com/gccms"We deeply appreciate the ministry of SermonAudio, and know that a church such as Grace Covenant Baptist would never have the outreach we desire without it. It is always surprising and gratifying each month as we look over the download report, and see all the states and countries we are reaching with God‚Äôs Word. Thank you for your commitment to getting out the Word of God."
Lamar Cranston, Grace Fellowship www.sermonaudio.com/gracefellowship"We are ‚Äėblessed down to our socks‚Äô with the exposure that you have given our small fellowship through the years. We are startled when we read the monthly reports and see the reach you have enabled us to have. We are so very thankful for all you do. SermonAudio is tremendous for sharing sermons with friends in a variety of ways. It‚Äôs just a great joy to see all you are doing and how you are helping churches in many different ways."
Joe W. Allen, Jr., Grace Family Fellowship www.sermonaudio.com/gracefamilyrs"ermonAudio is one of the primary resources that has helped our church grow and reach out to others. It is a wonderful tool. I send out about 500 emails every week to people and place links to recent sermons that we have on SermonAudio. Two families, who found our church through SermonAudio, have recently visited and joined our church. Last week I got an email from soldiers in Afghanistan who told me they listen to our sermons every week. Regularly I receive email from listeners that I have never met. We cherish this partnership and plan to continue to use it as long as we can."
We would encourage you to read through more testimonials we've received over the years from both listeners and broadcasters alike.
Ephesians 2:5¬†even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6¬†and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7¬†that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus; 8¬†for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9¬†not of works, that no one would boast.
SA, thanks for reminding us of those verses. These would go along with those verses:
Romans 8:7¬†because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God‚Äôs law, neither indeed can it be. 8¬†Those who are in the flesh can‚Äôt please God. 9¬†But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn‚Äôt have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his. 10¬†If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness.