The Gospel in All Things

Grace is central to the life of the believer


Tony Merida is the Founding Pastor of Imago Dei Church and he continues to preach and serve as an elder for Imago Dei, plus he teaches seminary courses at Southeastern Baptist Seminary. In this post, he describes the gospel emphasis of his sermons and the reason why his church focuses on grace.



Read each of the following verses that tells us something that God has done for us in grace. Then, in the blank, write how you might specifically respond in a way that appropriately reflects this grace to others.

Romans 8:14-16 (ESV)

14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”16The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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John 14:2-3 (ESV)

2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

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Romans 5:8-10 (ESV)

8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

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Is your instinctive response to show grace to others? How does the Spirit work in your life when it comes to living the gospel in the day to day? What will be your prayer concerning your daily manifestation of grace?
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"The gospel should impact the way we live. Our motives do matter, and we should be motived out of an overflow of a heart of gratitude of what God has done for us. As kingdom citizens we should want to put the kingdom on display and tell the world, 'This is what our king is like.'"