8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
We are saved by God’s grace through faith. Faith involves knowledge of the gospel, belief in the truth of its message, and personal reception of the Savior. If our salvation was based off of our works, none of us would make it. That doesn’t mean works are out of the equation completely. Good works always accompany salvation. Through our faith in Christ, God has prepared for us good works that we should walk in.
The grace of God is so profound that it is hard to understand and accept. When accepting God’s grace, we also have to show it. God has forgiven us from all the wrong we have done or will ever do. Can we say the same about ourselves? Has anyone ever hurt you so bad that you don’t believe you can forgive them?. We are called by God to forgive.
When Jesus died on the cross, He died for everyone. Before this, the world was divided between Jews and Gentiles. The Jews were the descendant of Israel, or God’s chosen people. They were given laws, ordinances, and rituals to follow God. When Jesus dies, He expanded his kingdom to everyone. Paul is now saying that there is no division between Jew and Gentile, but that we are all one in Christ.
Faith involves knowledge of the gospel, belief in the truth of its message, and personal reception of the Savior. In your own words, what is the gospel? Do you believe this? Have you received Christ as your Savior?
God has made a way for everyone to be with Him. Is there someone in your life that you have rejected? Why? How can we show grace to them and make things right?
We are starting a weekly challenge that will be posted every Wednesday. This week, we want to see you recreate some famous old paintings. Be as creative as you can in recreating these works of art. We will put together all of the submissions and show them on Tuesday when we declare the winner. You can submit your photo 3 different ways: on our Facebook page (facebook.com/thechapelyouth), emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or tagging us in an Instagram post @thechapelyouth. Choose from one of the two photos below, or do both. We’re looking forward to seeing what you can come up with!