Chapter # 12 Paragraph # 2 Study # 5
March 16, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<574> Thesis: The exercise of the "grace-gifts", though rooted in grace, is directly tied to one's own spiritual growth. Introduction: In our consideration of Romans 12:6 last week we noted that Paul referred to "grace" three times in the one verse as a way to make sure that no one attempts to take credit for the exercise of a grace-gift or its outcome. The emphasis is both significant and extremely important for one reason: men have an inordinate propensity to attempt to take credit for what God does because of the weakness of their understanding of the love of God. This shows up everywhere in the Gospel. It is the most fundamental reason God made salvation a matter of "grace". It is the reason that God will cast those into eternal destruction who refuse to yield to a Gospel of Grace that absolutely dismisses the works of men as having any part to play in their acceptance by God. It is the reason the visible Church is in its current condition. This evening we are going to pursue an understanding of how "Grace" and "Faith" are involved in the exercise of the "grace-gifts" by looking into Paul's use of "prophecy".