God’s Grace & Unconditional Love - Pastor Andrew Hickman - April 24th, 2018

As I started a new study with our teen’s Guys Group this past Sunday evening on the book of Judges, I was reminded of God’s grace and unconditional love for all of humanity. I remember studying this book in Jr. High at Northwest Christian School in Phoenix, AZ, and the word associated most with Judges in my mind is CYCLES. The Israelites went through cycles of obedience to the Lord, then moral failure led them away from the Lord, and in their depravity cried out to God in repentance, and God showed mercy on them and rescued them. The Israelites did this several times, and time after time God continued to pour out His GRACE & LOVE on them. Furthermore, He continues to pour out His GRACE & LOVE on all of us. I often think while reading through the book of Judges, “WHY DON’T THE ISRAELITES GET IT?” And then I’m quickly reminded by God that I don’t get it right most of the time either, yet He is still compassionate and gracious to me despite all of my shortcomings. Paul reminds us in Romans that we are all sinners, and the punishment for sin is death, but the free gift of God is Grace & Unconditional Love in the form of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Paraphrased Romans 3:23; 6:23)

In Christ,

-Pastor Andrew