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Title: Becoming an Instrument of God's Grace and Mercy

Introduction:

  • Opening quote: "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21)

  • Introduce the topic: Discuss the importance of being an instrument of God's grace and mercy in today's world and how it can transform lives and communities.

I. Understanding God's Grace and Mercy

A. Define grace and mercy

1. Grace: God's unmerited favor, love, and help

2. Mercy: God's compassion and forgiveness


B. Scripture references 1. Ephesians 2:8-9 - God's grace through faith

2. Lamentations 3:22-23 - God's mercies are new every morning

C. Illustration: Use a story or analogy to help explain the difference between grace and mercy


II. Receiving God's Grace and Mercy

A. Recognize our need for God's grace and mercy

1. Romans 3:23 - All have sinned and fall short of God's glory

2. Ephesians 2:1-3 - We were dead in our sins before receiving grace


B. Accepting God's grace and mercy through faith

1. Romans 10:9-10 - Confess and believe to be saved

2. John 1:12 - Becoming children of God through faith


C. Example: Share a testimony or story of someone who experienced God's grace and mercy in their life


III. Becoming an Instrument of God's Grace and Mercy

A. Develop a compassionate heart

1. Colossians 3:12-14 - Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, and forgiveness

2. Matthew 9:36 - Jesus' compassion for the crowds


B. Act with love and kindness

1. 1 John 3:18 - Love in action, not just words

2. Galatians 6:10 - Do good to all people


C. Share God's grace and mercy with others

1. Matthew 28:19-20 - Make disciples of all nations

2. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 - Ambassadors for Christ


D. Illustration: Use a story or example of someone who has become an instrument of God's grace and mercy to others


Conclusion:

  • Summarize the main points of the sermon


  • Challenge the congregation to become instruments of God's grace and mercy daily.


  • Closing quote: "Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

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