What does it mean to be a ‘grace-person’ or a ‘grace-church’? These are the final three characteristics:
13. Paul is important. He received the message of grace from Jesus Christ, so there is never a contradiction between Paul and Jesus. Christ is the source of Paul’s revelation of the mystery, previously hidden, namely “Christ in us”. Paul taught this revelation to the other apostles, and they added nothing to what he had received, Gal. 2:6. More than looking to past revivals and movements, a grace-based Christian looks to the revelation of the New Covenant given by Jesus, Paul and the other apostles.
14. Passion to reach the world around us. A grace church is not lazy or passive but instead the grace of God causes us to “labor more abundantly”, 1 Cor. 15:10. Our ministry is to give the word of reconciliation to the world, that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself”, 2 Cor. 5:19, and therefore we implore people, “be reconciled with God”, v. 20.
15. A new way to live. Once the demand for Bible reading, prayer, church attendance and giving because you have to do it, is over, we discover a new way to be a “Christian”, not by constraint or compulsion, but because you want to.