“Amazing Grace”

Hebrews 4:16 (NASB95)

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

I. Redeems from Sin

“In whom we have redemption … according to the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7).

A. “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”—verse 1 of the hymn, “Amazing Grace.”

B. Kings and presidents cannot pardon our transgressions. Silver and gold cannot buy forgiveness. Medicine and science cannot produce it. But Jesus Christ can redeem from sin.

C. Jesus Christ, through the grace of God, can reach down into the gutter of despair, lift up the penitent soul out of the miry clay, and redeem his soul from destruction (Eph. 2:8).

II. Relieves Our Fears

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Ps. 56:3).

A. “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,/ And grace my fears relieved./ How precious did that grace appear/ The hour I first believed!”—verse 2 of the hymn, “Amazing Grace.”

B. Today’s world is full of fear. Many are afraid to live, afraid to die, afraid of riches, afraid of poverty, afraid of youth, and afraid of old age.

C. God’s amazing grace relieves fear. Since God is love, the   p 11  more of Him we have, the less fear we possess (1 John 4:18).

III. Reassures Through Danger

“For he shall give his angels charge over thee …” (Ps. 91:11).

A. “Thro’ many dangers, toils, and snares,/ I have already come./ ‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,/ And grace will lead me home”—verse 3 of the hymn, “Amazing Grace.”

B. Ours is a dangerous world. Without are storms, floods, thefts, murders. Within are trials, hurts, loneliness, and misunderstandings.

C. God’s amazing grace is sufficient for those who put their trust in Him. Friends and loved ones may forsake us, but Jesus never fails (Ps. 91:14–16).

IV. Rewards Eternally

“The grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).

A. “When we’ve been there ten thousand years,/ Bright, shining as the sun,/ We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise/ Than when we first begun”—verse 4 of the hymn, “Amazing Grace.”

B. Earth’s treasures and possessions are temporal. They wear out, rust, and decay.

C. God’s amazing grace lasts forever. It is good to live by, and it will be good to die by. Christ is preparing a mansion for those who love Him (John 14:1–3).

 Spray, R. E. (1978). Easy-to-Use Sermon Outlines (pp. 10–11). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.


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