Brace yourself. Andy Stanley’s The Grace of God will challenge all you’ve been taught about God’s grace.
Concerned that, “Grace is often an early casualty in the world of organized religion,” and that we are “predisposed to the ‘thou-shalt-nots’ of the Bible, Stanley deftly argues that “God’s expressions of grace” are by far “more innumerable than his requirements.”
Stanley’s book clears the debris of theological misconceptions on the grace of God and humbly reminds us that “The church has been assigned the task of exposing our neighborhoods, communities, cities, states and world to the grace of God. This is our mission. This is our responsibility. There is no Plan B. We are it.”I loved this book. Written to theologians and laymen alike, The Grace of God, reads like a compelling novel and taps into the craving of every heart, calling God’s grace “bigger than compassion or forgiveness.”
A pastor and son of nationally known pastor and author, Dr. Charles Stanley, Andy skillfully blends his theological expertise with a humble candor that made this book easy to digest and embrace.
From Eden to Eternity, Stanley builds an irrefutable biblical argument that grace is a universal gift to mankind. While at all times gracious, Stanley boldly exhorts the Body of Christ, saying that “churches talk about grace, singing about how ‘amazing’ it is. But they create graceless cultures where only those who play by the rules feel welcomed.”
Stanley skillfully loosens the grip on the doctrine of grace held jealously by organized religion: “If the church is God’s primary vehicle for dispensing the message of grace, then the local church is clearly not for church people. It’s for everybody.”
Using a palatable blend of key biblical texts and a candid look into his personal discovery of God’s grace, Stanley sets a table of delicious truths I’ve never seen served together in a sermon series or in my personal scripture studies on this topic.
But this book isn’t just all grace and no truth; nor does it rant and rave against the foundational doctrines of the church. Instead it resolves the “artificial” conflict between grace and truth “that throws so much of Christianity into disarray,” through spotlighting the incredible life of Jesus Christ who was “full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14).
To the woman caught in adultery, writes Stanley, “Jesus didn’t try to balance grace and truth. He gave her a full dose of both.”
Stanley warns, “Once we start shaving things off of grace or adding to it, it’s no longer grace.”
I highly recommend reading The Grace of God by Andy Stanley. If you do, expect refreshment as your thirsty soul drinks in these clear truths, undiluted and delicious!
P.S. This is the first book I’ve read by Andy Stanley and I definitely plan to read more books by him!
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