The Unsettling Solution for Just About Everything

People who were nothing like Jesus liked Jesus.  

One word explains why: grace.

Over and over, Jesus leaned toward guilty people and unrepentant sinners. It was a brand-new, unfair, unsettling system that he came to invite us into. So the question, “Whether we need grace or need to give grace, how should we respond?”

In this 3-part series, Andy Stanley explains the undeserved, unearned, unearnable favor that Jesus came to offer us.

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The kingdom of God is characterized by unsettling generosity —the kind of generosity that gives the undeserving what they don’t deserve and regardless of how unright we’ve been, makes us right with God. So what do we do when we’re faced with this math that doesn’t add up? And how do we respond to this unfair, unsettling system that Jesus came to invite us into?

From our perspective, the kingdom of God will always appear upside down. We naturally compare ourselves to standards, but grace doesn’t compare. Grace is married to truth and the truth is that we all fall short of God’s standard.

God’s grace to us is an invitation to be amazing. It’s our chance to extend to others what God has freely extended to us. But while most of us are full of something . . . it’s usually not grace. So what are you full of? And what would it take for you to give someone what they don’t expect? Or deserve?

We are the church . . . every day . . . everywhere. And we are most appealing—the church is most appealing—when grace is most apparent. Grace is our greatest opportunity to be like our Father in heaven.