"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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    Carson on Ministering under Grace

    It is rare for me to finish a sermon without feeling somewhere between slightly discouraged and moderately depressed that I have not preached with more unction, that I have not articulated these glorious truths more powerfully and with greater insight, and so forth. But I cannot allow that to drive me to despair; rather, it must drive me to a greater grasp of the simple and profound truth that we preach and visit and serve under the gospel of grace, and God accepts us because of his Son. I must learn to accept myself not because of my putative success but because of the merits of God's Son. The ministry is so open-ended that one never feels that all possible work has been done, or done as well as one might like. There are always more people to visit, more studying to be done, more preparation to do. What Christians must do, what Christian leaders must do, is constantly remember that we serve our God and Maker and Redeemer under the gospel of grace. [D. A. Carson. Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson. Wheaton: Crossway, 2008, pp. 92-93]
    Posted by Eric Costa on October 29, 2008 07:18 PM


    Wow. That paragraph pegged me 6 yea 7 pinned me down. It is comforting to find like minded brethren.

    By His grace, Amen! From beginning to end. Christ's work on the Cross demonstrates His greatest love and mercy to mankind. His victory over death is my only hope. He gives Himself to save me. Amazing Grace! By the same power that raised Christ, I am raised too from my spiritual death and now share in His inheritance. He gives me a new life to see my sin and what He has done and that I can rest on Him and loving Him. Forever I am grateful.

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