Friday, October 24, 2008

God's Glorious Gift

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

Tonight was the concluding night of a weeklong “Spiritual Roundup”, sponsored by the Senior Women’s Auxiliary of our Northwestern District Association, Pastor Steven R. Barnes, serves as Moderator.

Several area pastors along with their congregations gathered each night at GSJ for prayer, praise and preaching. This program was the first major initiative of our current Women’s President, Juanita Kyle. I was bestowed the honor of preaching the closing service and the Lord showed Himself strong in a mighty way. I preached a sermon entitled “God’s Glorious Gift” taken from Ephesians 2:8-9. The message served as a reminder that we who were once dead, depraved, dominated by Satan and in danger of God’s wrath, have now been delivered through the saving grace of God without any deeds of our own. Even though the text mentions grace and faith, and they are gifts themselves, the context of this verse, against the backdrop of the entire chapter, shows us that the glorious gift of salvation is the main thrust. Here’s a brief outline:

I. It Is Provided By Grace

II. It Is Procured Through Faith

III. It is Proven By Works

The atmosphere was filled with the sacrifice of praise and the aroma of rich Christian fellowship. I am so thankful to the members of GSJ, who worked untiringly to host our District this week. You guys are the best and pastor loves you.

Well, I must get some sleep because I have a full day on tomorrow. In the morning, we host our Annual Health Fair, and in the afternoon I will share in the wedding ceremony of a son of the church. Please pray that the Lord grant me renewed strength for tomorrow’s opportunities to serve Him. God Bless.


Fitts said...

God bless you dear bro, you are some kind of preacher!!!

Great outline!!! Verse 10 would be attractive with that last point. Keep up the good work preacher, you are in my prayers!


Pastor McGhee,

Continue doing what you do, because GOD is smiling on you. I'm a witness that is a marvelous honor to be used by the Lord JESUS Christ.

Be Strong.

GOD Bless!!!

Reginald C. Payne said...
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Reginald C. Payne said...

McGhee sound and solid doctrinal preaching what we need keep up the good work, don't sell out.

Keith D. Witherspoon said...


You are one of God's greatest preacher's! I really appreciate your ministry!