On Sunday Mike was afforded the opportunity to preach the morning sermon at our church here in Central Africa. Mike preached a message on the “Grace of God.” His sermon focused primarily on 2 Corinthians 12:7–10, and included clarification from Romans 6:14, Ephesians 2:8-9, and Romans 11:6.
This is a message we all need to hear, but here there is a very strong pull toward works righteousness. Most Christians believe they have to earn their way into God’s favor by adjusting what they say, do, eat, and wear. Much of the local Christianity is about what we do and not what God did.
Mike, delicately, shared with the congregation the freedom we have in receiving God’s free gift of grace and how we will never earn grace, nor do we deserve it. The message was well received by our friends and co-laborers in our local African congregation.