A Grace Transformed Life
What does A Grace Transformed Life mean? Grace-centered ministry begins with a deep understanding of the undeserved gift we have received in Christ’s sacrifice. This fosters a non-judgmental attitude towards the world and creates instead a movement within His body to show to all of God’s creation His abundant love and mercy. Grace lived out involves learning, knowing and developing our relationship with Christ both personally and within our families. A life transformed by grace should strive to always exhibit His grace in our worship and teaching, our interaction and outreach to our community and within the workplace, and in our relationships -- both inside and outside the church. Motivated by grace Paul said it best, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.” Gal. 2:20-21
grace - the freely given unmerited favor and love of God
Grace gives us freedom, a freedom to be real about who we are and transparent as we live our lives as sinners saved. “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law." Galatians 5:20. This freedom enables us to live daily in His forgiving grace and loving acceptance. This freedom is transforming because it moves beyond outward behavior to please men and into the surrender of all life to please God. Because we have to? No, because we want to.
Grace brings us into a new race. In Christ we are now adopted into a new family called the children of God. Our new race is filled with all diverse people groups and His church should strive to reflect diversity of community in fellowship and ministry. "with Your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9
Grace propels us into worship and transforms our praises. In acceptance of His invitation to freely and fearlessly come before Him, we are drawn into a worship that is passion filled, vibrantly reverent and celebratory in praise of our exalted God. Our worship is a blended style of contemporary and traditional seeking above all else to glorify God. Our desire and goal is that all who visit our worship services hear and understand this grace and see our authentic joy, so they then declare, “God is really among you!” 1 Corinthians 14:25
Grace compels us into mission and ministry. Jesus left glory to bring us salvation by dying on the cross in our place. But while He lived among us He expended His whole life helping, healing, teaching, and comforting all whom He came in contact. As recipients of His grace, we are filled with His love through the gift of His Spirit and we now have the opportunity to give back our own lives to Him as we offer ourselves to our community, region and world. “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12
Riverside Church is part of the Presbyterian Church in America ( PCA )