Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
“Amazing grace!” How sweet the sound that saved and continues to bring salvation to all who believe the gospel. Our sovereign God administered, orchestrated, facilitated unmerited love, favor, forgiveness, equipping the apostle Paul to fulfill his calling as a missionary to the Gentiles. Despite his prior role as a persecutor of the church, he was God’s chosen vessel to share Jesus with the Gentiles as well as to Israel. By God’s grace, we are able to ‘understand’ the ‘mystery’ revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. Through the gospel you, me, and all who genuinely believe are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. ‘How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!’
We, in Christ and Christ in us are servants of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given through the working of his power. This gift of grace stirs within and originates a desire in you to share the good news! This supernatural gift of God compels us by the Spirit of God to overflow the boundless treasury of riches in Christ to all. Wood (1978) quotes Barclay, “a wealth the limit of which no man can ever find.” This mystery hidden in days past is now revealed through the gospel. All who believe the gospel, Jew and Gentile alike are members of one body (the church) and share in Jesus. Moreover, Paul encouraged the church at Colosse, and us today who are in Christ, “…the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
The body of Christ interconnected in a fashion that each member needs the others and each is needed by the others. I pray you are pursuing and living-out this interdependence through the body of Christ, God’s design for the church. God gives you and me amazing grace to love mutuality, to build relationships with fellow believers, to encourage, be encouraged and build up one another, forgive readily, value others, bear one another’s burdens and restore those who veer off the narrow path. In genuine fellowship and meaningful relationship, we pray for each other and the Spirit brings to mind, and even into our sphere of influence, brothers, and sisters who need and experience God’s gracious help through our prayers.
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
Sisters are meeting to pray together. First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900
You are invited! Join your family in Christ for a time of encouragement and prayer as the Spirit leads. Diverse gals representing the church in our communities. Thank you, sisters!
Brothers are meeting too! First Baptist. 3rd Friday. 0730.
Join us if your schedule allows. It is always a joy when brothers get together to love one another and pray together. We rely on the Spirit’s leading and trust our God to empower us and help us overflow the riches of his grace.
 Acts 9:15, Ephesians 3:2
 Ephesians 3:6
 The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1978). Vol. 11 F. E. Gaebelein (ed.). Zondervan.
 Ephesians 4:16