Sermon Text: Matthew 7:21-29
C. S. Lewis once wandered in to a British conference on Comparative Religions. The EXPERTS were debating what was unique to the Christian faith. Ideas were shared about the Trinity, the Kingdom of God, heaven and hell, the Incarnation, the Resurrection … debate raged on for some time. Finally, after several hours of listening to all those “experts,” C. S. Lewis said, “What’s the rumpus all about? The answer’s clear. Christianity’s unique contribution among world religions: GRACE.”
After some discussion … there seemed to be agreement. The Buddhists have an eightfold path; the Hindus have the doctrine of Karma; the Jewish community has the law and the covenant and the Moslems have the literal code of law. Each of THESE offers a way to EARN approval. Only Christianity dares to make God’s love UNCONDITIONAL!
The great German theologian Karl Barth once spoke about the beginning of God’s goodness as perceived in the midst of the bad. Christians are called to admit sin and receive the gift of forgiveness. This idea of God’s grace was to Barth more astonishing than God’s miracles. He claimed, “Miracles broke the physical laws of the universe; forgiveness broke the moral rules.”
And then, Soren Kierkegaard once noted that, “To stand on one’s legs and prove God’s existence is a very different thing from going down on one’s knees and thanking God.” … Read full sermon here (PDF)