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The Grace of God

por Andy Stanley

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"Grace. It's what we crave most when our guilt is exposed. It's the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted with the guilt of others-especially when their guilt has robbed us of something we consider valuable. Therein is the struggle, the struggle for grace. It's this struggle that makes grace more story than doctrine. It's the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than compassion or forgiveness. That struggle is the context for both. When we are on the receiving end, grace is refreshing. When it is required of us, it is often disturbing. But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about everything. This struggle is not new; it has been going on since the beginning." -Andy Stanley We find in the pages of Scripture that the stories found there often mirror our own stories, and that we too need the very thing we do not deserve: the grace of God. From the beginning, the church has had an uneasy relationship with grace. The gravitational pull is always toward graceless religion. The odd thing is that when you read the New Testament, the only thing Jesus stood against consistently was graceless religion. The only group he attacked relentlessly was graceless religious leaders. Even now as you think about grace, there might be a little voice in your head whispering, "It can't be that easy!" "What about obedience?" "What about disobedience?" "What about repeated misbehavior?" "What about bad habits?" "What about justice?" "What about repentance?" It's this tension that makes grace so slippery. But that's the beauty and the truth of grace. We don't deserve it. We can't earn it. It can't be qualified. But God gives it to us anyway because he loves us unconditionally. The story of grace is your story. And as you are about to discover grace plays a larger role than you imagine.… (mais)
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A must read and a fascinating look at the grace of God. ( )
  joefreiburger | Jul 3, 2016 |
Pastor Andy Stanley of the fast-growing North Point Community Church in Atlanta gives us a biblical overview of the message of God’s grace. Stanley believes in this message, and it is this foundational concept that he has used to start and grow his churches. He believes that all Christian churches should be doing the same in order to share the true message of Jesus Christ. But he doesn’t get to that until the last chapter, although it is a powerful chapter, backed up by all of the biblical exegesis throughout the rest of the book and a conviction and a hope to preachers everywhere looking for revitalization in The Christian Church.

However, this book is first and foremost written to the average person, not just the Christian, but also the nonbeliever, and most of all, to the sinner. Stanley begins at the beginning with Adam and Eve. I struggled a bit to meet with Stanley on his analysis of grace in the fall and the calling of Abraham. I worried that I just wouldn’t get it. The book is written in plain and simple language for the common reader, and I felt I needed more. The book became more relatable in the story of Joseph, and then Stanley knocked me off my feet with grace and the Ten Commandments. That’s right, grace and the Ten Commandments. After that, Stanley continued to turn the standard view of God’s rules and regulations on its head and demonstrate the power of God’s grace over and over again. The power of forgiveness over sin. The power of faith over self-righteousness.

The power of the message of grace increased with every chapter in the stories of Rahab, David, and Jonah. We are more than halfway through the book and he hasn’t even gotten to the New Testament! Stanley concretely shows that grace was God’s plan from the beginning, and it was fully realized – “it was finished” – in the life and death of His son, Jesus Christ. Stanley continues analyzing the message of grace in the life stories of Matthew, Nicodemus, the Samaritan women at the well, and the criminal hung on the cross, but now, we get the words of Jesus, the words of the Lord, and we clearly see His intention to bring the message of grace to all. Stanley uses scripture and also the parables of the workers and the prodigal son to leave no doubt that grace is what it’s all about.

This book would make an excellent bible study for a small group. Discussion questions can be downloaded online. Read the biblical story, then read Stanley’s interpretation, and you may wonder why you had never seen it that way before. Stanley provides a summary sentence about grace at the beginning of each of the 13 chapters and key ideas are bolded throughout the text. The book is also an excellent personal read for new believers, nonbelievers, and longtime believers who may have become like the Pharisees and been so caught up in following the rules that they forgot about the message of grace. Stanley even addresses the issue of fairness and reminds us that we are all in need of God’s grace and that it is freely available to all who believe. ( )
  NCCUMCMediaCenter | Aug 28, 2012 |
Often the grace of God is seen as a New Testament idea - with "the god of the Old Testament" being one of wrath and judgment. Stanley, a master storyteller, clears up such misunderstands by drawing out the depths of God's grace throughout the Bible; from creation to the early church, the message of the Bible is saturated with God's grace. Stanley unpacks the primacy of God's grace in several familiar Old Testament stories (e.g. Adam & Eve, Abraham & Sarah, the giving of the law, and more) and in Jesus' own life and teaching (e.g. Matthew's genealogy, the Samaritan woman, and more). Overall, this work provides a well-told reminder of the necessity and centrality of God's grace. A ( )
  bsanner | May 3, 2012 |
I had not read any books by Andy Stanley previous to this one (I've since gone back and picked up two of his earlier books). I happened to just by chance pick it up one day while killing some time between appointments for work read the cover and thought hmm maybe this could help with some questions that always run thorugh my mind. While I was reading this book and long after I was done I could only think of two words "Wow and Thank you". I Highly Recommend this book. I really never understood the whole aspect of "Grace" until reading this very easy to read plainly written book. The one thing we all so desperately want is the one thing we do not deserve and yet it's the one thing that is available to all of us if we will just ask. ( )
  groundedforlife | Apr 7, 2011 |
I received this book as part of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program. Many people consider God as portrayed in the old testament to be vengeful compared with the picture of love displayed by Jesus. I find that quite puzzling. You don't need to read too far to find God offering forgiveness to those who don't deserve it. Andy Stanley starts in Genesis and works his way through the bible looking at how God has been offering grace to those who least deserve it from the time of Adam and Eve onwards. He also looks at how God's discipline shows His love for us.The church has often failed to show the world what grace really looks like. It's hard to give others grace and often we fall into the temptation of thinking we can earn God's favour instead a realising that firstly, we are always going to fall short and secondly we don't need to earn anything. Grace is what the world needs. In Andy Stanley's words: “Grace. It’s what we crave most when our guilt is exposed. It’s the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted with the guilt of others—especially when their guilt has robbed us of something we consider valuable.Therein is the struggle, the struggle for grace. It’s this struggle that makes grace more story than doctrine. It’s the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than compassion or forgiveness. That struggle is the context for both. When we are on the receiving end, grace is refreshing. When it is required of us, it is often disturbing. But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about everything. This struggle is not new; it has been going on since the beginning.”An excellent book. I'd highly recommend this for Christians and also to those who haven't yet grasped what a gift the grace of God is. ( )
  mels_71 | Jan 21, 2011 |
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"Grace. It's what we crave most when our guilt is exposed. It's the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted with the guilt of others-especially when their guilt has robbed us of something we consider valuable. Therein is the struggle, the struggle for grace. It's this struggle that makes grace more story than doctrine. It's the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than compassion or forgiveness. That struggle is the context for both. When we are on the receiving end, grace is refreshing. When it is required of us, it is often disturbing. But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about everything. This struggle is not new; it has been going on since the beginning." -Andy Stanley We find in the pages of Scripture that the stories found there often mirror our own stories, and that we too need the very thing we do not deserve: the grace of God. From the beginning, the church has had an uneasy relationship with grace. The gravitational pull is always toward graceless religion. The odd thing is that when you read the New Testament, the only thing Jesus stood against consistently was graceless religion. The only group he attacked relentlessly was graceless religious leaders. Even now as you think about grace, there might be a little voice in your head whispering, "It can't be that easy!" "What about obedience?" "What about disobedience?" "What about repeated misbehavior?" "What about bad habits?" "What about justice?" "What about repentance?" It's this tension that makes grace so slippery. But that's the beauty and the truth of grace. We don't deserve it. We can't earn it. It can't be qualified. But God gives it to us anyway because he loves us unconditionally. The story of grace is your story. And as you are about to discover grace plays a larger role than you imagine.

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