Grace Responses!

Here are some excerpts from emails I’ve received during this Grace Immersion:

(From a long-time attender in her 80s) “One thing that I think I have finally got straight – God’s grace cost Him EVERYTHING and it cost me nothing! We have talked about that in our study here. Another thing I want to be sure and impress on those who are coming, is Ephesians 2:8,9. I don’t want them to think it is anything that they have done.”

(From a man in his 30s) “I was raised in a Christian home, and accepted the Lord when I was about 10 years old… I would help wherever it was needed, but more out of a sense of duty than love… My parents talked about serving out of a sense of love, doing good works because you want to - I never wanted to… Eventually I got tired and didn’t do anything. Even though I knew I was a Christian, I couldn’t explain the nature of God’s grace and peace. I see now that I couldn’t explain it because I didn’t really understand it myself. You used the analogy of scales falling off your eyes when you read Galatians recently. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that word picture used, so please accept my apologies for my initial skepticism. But after only a week of Grace Immersion I see exactly what you meant. It’s like that little cartoon light bulb above my head just came on. I’ve done bible studies before, and they were always painful. Most are trying to teach you how to do something, or explaining to you that whatever you’re doing now is somehow against the rules. This Grace Immersion series is about not doing anything - it’s already done. I’ve been a Christian for 21 years, and I finally feel like I’m coming to life.”

(A visitor…) “You don’t know me, I’m not a current member of TLC. As a matter of fact, I’m a sort of long term visitor, Catholic by upbringing and heritage; and if asked, would probably list that as my religion. However, I have been coming to TLC over the last few months with friends. So, I’m not sure that I’m the type of person you want in the audience as I have lots of questions… but thank you for giving me some hope and belief that Grace is the bottom line for all of us…”

(A middle-aged couple) “I have done ‘hard time’ around legalistic people in and out of church my whole life and it has worn me out. This …opened a new arena of healing that needs to happen. I really appreciated what you said about the focus needs to be just on me and Jesus, when that is in place, everything else will fall into place… esp when grace is the foundation. It is so easy to become distracted and under a pile of guilt and regret and not ever being good enough that we lose sight of Jesus and ‘the better thing.’ I think this is the most important series that you have preached in the time we have been at TLC. My husband and I are from staunch church backgrounds and are only now beginning to get it more fully. We’ve been regular attenders since we moved here 5 yrs ago and you and the other pastors do a great job in overt and subtle ways to teach grace. This series is taking us to a higher elevation/deeper level and closer to Jesus and I thank you.”

Keep those emails coming! Send them to rene@tlc.org