Blog Posts on The Grace of God

Our Weakness and God's Strength: Disability Ministry in the Local Church

John Knight

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:25).

If you have or are considering a disability ministry at your church, Paul’s exhortation to remember God’s infinite capacities compared to our puny capacities should provide hope.

We simply do not have the ability to deal with the entire scope that is represented by disability in God’s human creation:

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What Does It Mean to Serve God?

John Piper

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). What does that mean?

  • It means to do what he says in a way that makes him look supremely valuable in himself.
  • It means to submit to him in a way that makes him look thrilling.

There are ways to submit to God that only make him look threatening, not thrilling. There are ways to do what…

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God's Grace Through Injuries

Jonathan Parnell

A few weeks ago, when the Los Angeles Dodgers were visiting the Minnesota Twins, Dodger pitcher Blake Hawksworth stopped by the Desiring God office.

Blake has gone through some injuries during his baseball career, most notably being struck by a line drive last September. In this video, he shares about how God has used these setbacks in his life:

Watch, listen, or download God's Grace Through Injuries.

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Hurting People Need to Know the Character of God

John Knight

During a recent interview, Pastor John pointed out that most people recoil at the thought of God’s sovereignty over things like making babies who are born blind, or ordaining deadly diseases. He asked me why the healing accounts that demonstrate God’s sovereignty over disability are such good news to me.

I’ve thought quite a bit since he asked that question, and I believe my first response to him was…

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No More Scarlet Letters

Jon Bloom

W. Somerset Maugham once said, “There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.”

With networks and newspapers broadcasting another New York Congressman’s sordid sexual secrets, and the public in a swirl of surprise and horror (and prurient fascination), it’s good for us to ponder again the profound grace that Jesus Christ extends to sinners like us,…

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When Does God Become 100% For Us?

Josh Etter

John Piper writes:

What the Bible teaches is that God becomes 100% irrevocably for us at the moment of justification, that is, the moment when we see Christ as a beautiful Savior and receive him as our substitute punishment and our substitute perfection. All of God’s wrath, all of the condemnation we deserve, was poured out on Jesus. All of God’s demands for perfect righteousness were fulfilled by Christ. The
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Grace is not a "Thing"

Josh Etter

In the Christian life we can easily find ourselves using jargon without knowing what we're really saying. What exactly is "grace"? Sinclair Ferguson clarifies:

It is legitimate to speak of "receiving grace," and sometimes (although I am somewhat cautious about the possibility of misuing this langauge) we speak of the preaching of the Word, prayer, baptism, and the Lord's Supper as "means of grace." That is fine, so long as…

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Three Features of Free Grace

Tyler Kenney

In Miscellanies #191, Jonathan Edwards defines free grace as the kind of grace in which "the abundance of the benevolence of the giver is expressed, and gratitude in the receiver is obliged." Then he outlines three ways through which this kind of grace—which he also calls gospel grace—is realized (spacing and italics added):

Now I think these three things do constitute the freedom of grace. . .

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Hard Work and the Grace of God

Jonathan Parnell

The Apostle Paul knows who he is and he knows what is behind who he is (1 Corinthians 15:10). He says, "By the grace of God, I am what I am."

Paul simply knows he is a sinner who Jesus Christ came into the world to save (1 Timothy 1:15). And he knows about the powerful grace of God in the source and work of his life, represented in verse…

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