Explaining Discipleship Through Grace

In preparation for my talk titled “Grace Base Wellness” next week, I’ve been thinking about just how to explain it.  I created the diagram below, which I think is reasonably clear about the concepts.  Of course, I will be explaining it in some degree of detail.  The basic point is that we are called to discipleship and obedience through grace.  This requires action on our part, but such action should be in cooperation and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  As fallable humans, we go wrong in two basic ways: 1) taking no action, when action is required (quietism, antinomianism) or 2) taking action on our own initiative and power (legalism).  Take a look and see what you think. If you like it, you can download it as a PDF here: Living Grace Graphic.

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If the goal is to remain in the “Grace Zone,” obedient and trusting in the Holy Spirit, we’re going to need constant course corrections.  I liken it to running on the beach, attention is required.  Beaches are not straight or flat, and there is a narrow zone of sand that’s “just right” for running.  Too close to the sea and you’re in the water,  too far and you’re in soft sand.  To stay in the zone, you’ve got to be continually adjusting almost with every step.

So it is with us walking in grace.  We’ve got to be mindful not to drift to either side. Our Christian friends can help us, and we them.  We can remind each other and help each other to keep coming back to God.  We’ll fail often, but even when we do his grace abounds.

Comments

  1. Hey Pete, you presented this concept well. This really describes the moral man who is trying to live up his own standards. Paul described his reactions to failure in Romans 2:15…”alternatively accusing and defending himself”. Isn’t grace a marvelous concept! It never excuses sin but is quick to forgive it. As well, it empowers us to think and act as the saints He has made us to be. Ray

    • Peter Weiss says:

      Thank you Ray. I like your phrase of grace never excusing but quickly forgiving sin. I’m going to be using that. Pete