Jephthah

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This sermon focuses on God’s grace and how we often presume upon and cheapen grace instead of receiving it as a gift. Grace should transform how we view ourselves and our sinfulness.

The Book of Judges shows Israel in a repeating cycle of rebellion, retribution, rescue, and rest. But the cycle reveals an underlying relational issue – Israel’s rejection of God. The problem is not just armies or comfort – it is Israel’s hearts.

Key Points:

  • God’s grace is undeserved favor shown to rebellious sinners. Israel presumed upon God’s grace as something they were entitled to rather than a gift. This cheapened grace.
  • When we bargain with God, try to “buy” his grace, or use grace as a ‘get out of jail free’ card, we miss the wonder of what God has done for us in Jesus.
  • Grace transforms how we see ourselves. When we receive grace, we can acknowledge our sinfulness and God’s mercy rather than justify ourselves.

The issue in Judges and for all of us is our relationship with God. Only by receiving his free and complete grace in Jesus can the cycle be broken and we experience his peace and rest.

Verses

Judges 11:29-12:7, 1 John 1:8-9, Romans 8:32, Philippians 3

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