Thank you for not letting me continue to live as those who do not believe in your love and grace. Thank you for blessing my life as I continue to walk in your counsel and in your ways. Help me to continue to receive joy as I meditate on your Word. Please, Lord, continue to grow spiritual fruit as I am fed by your Word and walk in your light, that whatever good I do might prosper. Please, help me to grounded and grow from your Word, so that I cannot be easily moved by every wind of teaching. Please, help me to persevere until I can be forever with you and with sons and daughters of you. I know that you will do as you have promised, to watch over me as I follow your ways in faith and to wash over me with grace given by Jesus Christ through your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Due to the possible inclement weather that is predicted to include dangerous ice patches and drastically falling temperatures, the leadership of Salem United Methodist Church may decide to cancel the morning services.
Please stay safe in the Grace of God. A recorded sermon will be placed on this website and our Facebook page by midday.
Please consider placing your tithes and offering in an envelope and include it with next Sunday’s giving.
Thank you for your patience and may God give you peace.
Wesley differed with other theologians with regard to salvation and grace, to name just two areas. From his many sermons, this “Salvation by Faith” is the first of many.
Preached at St. Mary’s, Oxford, before the University, on June 18, 1738. (text from the 1872 edition – Thomas Jackson, editor)
By grace are ye saved through faith. Ephesians 2:8
“1. All the blessings which God hath bestowed upon man are of his mere grace, bounty, or favour; his free, undeserved favour; favour altogether undeserved; man having no claim to the least of his mercies. It was free grace that “formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into him a living soul,” and stamped on that soul the image of God, and “put all things under his feet.” The same free grace continues to us, at this day, life, and breath, and all things. For there is nothing we are, or have, or do, which can deserve the least thing at God’s hand. “All our works, Thou, O God, hast wrought in us.” These, therefore, are so many more instances of free mercy: and whatever righteousness may be found in man, this is also the gift of God.” [Read more…]