An undeserved gift
“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.24 Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.”
Romans 3:23-25 (NLT)
The doctrine of grace is not just a core belief at Hope, but massively impacts how we live as a church. Grace comes from the Greek word charis, which means “A favour done without expectation of return; the absolutely free expression of the loving kindness of God to men finding its only motive in the bounty and benevolence of the Giver; unearned and unmerited favour.” The Bible is clear that we do not have the capacity (or even the inclination) to make restitution to God for our sins against him. Instead, restoration of our relationship with God comes through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus, faith that is itself a gift from God. God has set the standard, we cannot reach the standard, Jesus has reached the standard for us and offers us the free gift of his righteousness when we hand over our lives to him.