GROW IN GRACE

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2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”

The grace of God is the heart of the Gospel and what makes Christianity different from man-made religions. God intended our life to be the total reign of His grace. (Romans 5:17) Getting saved is only an introduction to the grace of God where we are given a standing in grace and access to the throne of grace (Romans 5:2).

In salvation, a MINIMAL AMOUNT of knowledge of grace is needed. About all that is essential is a presentation of the basics of the Gospel, such as all men have sinned and need a savior. Jesus died to pay the penalty. Receive Him and be saved. After salvation, in your growth, a MAXIMUM AMOUNT of knowledge of grace is needed in every area of life. That is why we are told in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”

One of greatest hazards a Christian can face in his growth is not knowing grace. It will affect all that we are and all that we do, in a positive way if we understand it or in a negative way if we do not understand it. If we do not understand grace, it gives place to:

Frustration, instead of fruitfulness.
Condemnation, instead of confidence.
The curse, instead of the blessing.
Anxiety, instead of rest and peace.
Bondage, instead of liberty.
Being judgmental, instead of being compassionate.

If any of these things are dominating our life it should be a signal and indicator that we need to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified Acts 20:32.”

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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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