Serving Grace

Ephesians 3:1-11
by Derek Gentle

Serving Grace is the outworking of God's eternal plan
in which He calls undeserving people to the privilege of His service,
and then directs, empowers, and blesses their work.

1. Serving Grace is Part of the Outworking of God's Eternal Plan (Verses 2-6, 8-11)

". . . God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him. . . " Galatians 1:15-16

2. Serving Grace Means that Servanthood is a Privilege (Verse 7-8)

"For I am the least of the apostles and do not deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am. . . " (1st Corinthians 15:9-10 - NIV)

3. Serving Grace Includes Guidance in Serving God

"Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so, not according to worldly wisdom but according to God's grace" (2nd Corinthians 1:12 - NIV)

4. Serving Grace Supplies Empowerment for Effective Service (Verse 7)

Grace is Needed to Serve God

"And they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed. And when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them. . ." Acts 14:26-27

Grace Provides a Specialty to Serve God

"As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1st Peter 4:10)

Grace Begins Fresh Works of God

"According to the grace of God which was given to me as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation. . . " (1st Corinthians 3:10)

Grace Works Through Us to Produce Results

". . . And His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them - yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me" (1st Corinthians 15:10 - NIV)