As United Methodist Christians, we come from the theological heritage of John Wesley who saw grace as the Scripture way of salvation for all people.
Grace simply means God’s unearned and unmerited love for all people. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We experience God’s grace in 4 different ways:
- Prevenient God’s loves us before we are aware of it and stirs in our hearts to draw us closer to God.
- Justifying That moment we realize God loves us despite that ways we’ve messed up. We come to accept that God’s loves us so much that God sent Jesus to show us the Way, the Truth and the Life and because of that we know God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness and does not hold our sins against us.
- Sanctifying Having experience God’s love without having to earn it or deserve it stirs great change in our lives. God’s love transforms us regularly and by committing ourselves to 5 core Christian practices with God’s help we follow Jesus as faithful disciples and God uses that to transform the world.
- Perfecting No one is perfect. But we do think it is possible to experience God’s love perfectly in this life and in the kingdom of God.
Read more about the United Methodist understanding of God’s grace.
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