First in Grace

In the conversation for this Sunday, January 17, 2016, Pastors Stuart Nice and Kim Nowlin lead us in a discussion, exploring what it is to live a life of practical grace.

Click here to view the exercise sheet used in the conversation.

The passage for this morning's conversation is Romans 12:6-11.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord
(Romans 12:6-11, NIV)

Sacred Reading, 00:00–13:35; Conversation, 13:35-52:11

Sacred Reading Text

He is the image of the invisible God,
  the firstborn of all creation.
He created all things in heaven and on earth,
  visible and invisible.
    Whether they are kings or lords,
      rulers or powers—
      everything has been created through him and for him.
He existed before everything
  and holds everything together.
He is also the head of the church, which is his body.
He is the beginning,
  the first to come back to life
  so that he would have first place in everything.

God was pleased to have all of himself live in Christ. God was also pleased to bring everything on earth and in heaven back to himself through Christ. He did this by making peace through Christ’s blood sacrificed on the cross.
(Colossians 1:15-20, God's Word Translation)