As long as it is important to please God, it is important to understand faith. Faith is more than a movement but rather a way of life. The book of Hebrews tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God, and God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him Hebrews 11:6. Faith pleases God, and faith requires diligently pursuing God. So faith is extremely important to understand but so is grace. Grace and faith are often seen separately but need to be looked at together. They are often joined together in Scripture (Romans 4:16; 5:2; Ephesians 2:8). To only know about grace (God’s part/what He did) can make you think there is nothing you have to do; to only know about faith (Man’s part/what we are to do) can make you feel everything is all up to you. To know about grace and faith is to realize faith is our response to what God already did through Jesus. Here are some things to keep in mind about grace and faith.
1. Grace doesn’t end at salvation it only begins (Grace is to reign and He gives more grace) James 4:6.

2. Grace (what God did) always comes before faith (what man does) Ephesians 2:8, 9.

3. Grace is of no benefit to us aside from our faith (Divine grace does not exclude human responsibility; what God did requires our response of faith and obedience) Hebrews 4:1, 2.

4. Faith will not work in our life unless we understand grace (faith is a response to grace, a finished work and not our work) Romans 5:1, 2.

5. Works come from grace not for grace (good works start at the Cross and come from salvation not for it Ephesians 2-8-10; James 2:17, 18.

6. Grace does not free us from God’s moral law and restraints which come from His character, never changes, and existed before the Law of Moses Romans 3:31; Romans 6:1, 15.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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