All people live under God’s common grace and receive certain blessings outside of the boundaries of salvation.
- “In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy” (Acts 14:16-17).
“….there is a world that God created that is shared in common by believers and nonbelievers alike. … the goodness of creation is fundamentally and ubiquitously marred by sin but it is not negated by sin. It may be fractured, incomplete, and corrupted, but his goodness remains in it. The gifts of God’s grace are spread abundantly among the just and unjust in ways that support and enhance the lives of all” (James D. Hunter).
How would you answer these questions –
- How does the affirmation that, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” shape my calling to serve God?
- How does the fact that all people are created in God’s image shape my calling to serve God and the way I view all people?
- Are salvation categories adequate for how we understand God’s disposition toward human beings?
- How do we remain serious about lines between belief and unbelief (between those who live in the boundaries of saving grace and those who do not), while at the same time showing active appreciation for all that is good and beautiful outside of those boundaries?
- How should our knowledge of God’s common grace and revelation of Himself through creation be reflected in the ministry of the church?
The 10 audio messages below focus on these questions.
- This is an urgently needed theme for churches (especially for Church leaders).
- These messages are particularly important to hear if you come from more of a fundamental Christian background or from the reformed tradition of theology.
This is clearly a neglected area of teaching in many churches.
Agents of Common Grace (part 1)
Agents of Common Grace (Part 2)
Agents of Common Grace (Part 3)
Agents of Common Grace (Part 4)
Agents of Common Grace (Part 5)
Agents of Common Grace (Part 6)
Agents of Common Grace (Part 7)
Agents of Common Grace (Part 8) Agents of Common Grace (Part 9)
The final message below relates significantly with our calling as agents of common grace: