This Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, Pastor Kris White unpacked an amazing message called Scandalous Grace here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.
Scandalous Grace: The Prodigal God
The definition of scandalous is the causing of general outrage by a perceived offense against morality or law, while grace is the unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification, or a virtue coming from God. You could also say that grace is the free and unmerited favor of God that has manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
What is the difference between mercy and grace? Mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve, and it saves us from judgement. Grace is God giving us something we do not deserve, and it gives us abundant life.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Num 6:24-26)
There are three categories of grace:
- Atoning Grace
- Corporate Grace
- Individual Grace
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.” (Luke 15:20-24)
The significance of the robe was to cover his shame and to restore the relationship with his son for all to witness. The ring represented authority, while the sandals represented the sign of a son.
You can see the scandal that has taken place. This story should be called the Prodigal God.
The definition of prodigal is:
- Spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant.
- Having or giving something on a lavish scale.
God sent an embrace of grace.
“Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf. “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him. “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’” (Luke 15: 25-32)
There is also a place of grace.
The older brother was loyal, industrious, faithful, and righteous. Overall, he was still lost. He lived a performance based life, he was self righteous, he was very angry and offended, jealous, and he was not connected to the Father’s heart. The older brother was at the house, but not at home in his love.
The father’s aim was not to have them in the fields, but to take their place in the family and staying connected to the Father. Both of the sons operated out of fear and not love.
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers,” (Romans 8:29).
When grace finds you, you can’t keep it to yourself. It’s time to take your place at the table. When you take your place in grace, you become the face of grace to others.
Watch the full message here: