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GRACE – WHAT AN AMAZING GIFT!

“And if  by grace, then it cannot be based on works: if it were, grace would no longer be grace” (Romans 11:6 NIV)  

“You cannot have your cake and eat it” is a popular English saying or figure of speech. Basically, it means you cannot retain your cake and eat it. Once the cake is eaten it is gone!!

The Bible says something similar about grace and works. If it is one, it can’t be the other. Salvation by works cannot be salvation by grace. Salvation by grace cannot be salvation by works. It cannot be both. It is one or the other!

Sadly, many people still mistakenly believe if they do good things, they can satisfy God. “I’m good enough.” “I’m not a bad person.” “I’m better than most people.” “I’m trying to be a better person.” All these sayings reflect the idea that people can earn their way into God’s favour – the error of salvation by works.

Salvation by grace is quite the opposite? It means that you cannot get to Heaven by being good, because you are not good: “…. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23 NIV).  We have a sinful nature. It is impossible for us get to Heaven by trying to be good. We must be saved by grace. “Grace” means the love, the favour, the mercy of God  –  which we do not deserve. We cannot earn it.  Grace is a gift.     What is that gift? “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Where do you stand today?  Look to Jesus. He died at Calvary to pay for your sin. He gave His blood to cleanse you from sin, to wash your sin away, so that God will not see it. He rose from the tomb and He is alive today! Trust Christ and be “justified by his blood” (Romans 5:9).

Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost, but now am found

Was blind but now I see.

        (John Newton)

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Thursday 31st May:  6.30-8.30p.m.

Mr Chef   (Mens’ cookery)

 

Community Luncheon Club  :   7th & 21st  June 

 

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

7.00p.m.

Monday 11th June

Speaker:  Geoff Champion 

 

Saturday 16th June (10.00a.m. – 4.00p.m.) at

 Nancy’s Farm, Rhiwderin

Biblical Storytelling to children, teenagers and adults

Please take packed lunch, pen, notebook & Bible

Further details from Vera Davies 

 

7.00p.m.

Wednesday 13th June

Annual General Meeting

 

Speakers for Sunday Services in June:

(All services start at 11am and 6pm) 

     3rd:         a.m.   Tim Moody

                                                                                                                                    p.m.   Geoff Champion 

           10th:           a.m.   Pastor Peter Cho

                                                          p.m.   Rev Dr Suzanne Roberts

            17th:           a.m.    Pastor Peter Cho

                                      p.m.   Rev Susan Stevenson 

          24th:         a.m.   Pastor Peter Cho

                                  p.m.   Rev Huw Stephens   

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ARISE…. AND SHARE THE LOVE OF JESUS 

A group of delegates who will be attending the Arise (Amnos Ministries) national conference arrive at Newbridge on Friday 29th  June to Wednesday 4th July.   Last year hundreds of homes in and around the town were visited in the door-to-door initiative as we sought to share the love of Jesus. Please pray for those who will be taking part and that more men and women, boys and girls will come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour.