A Relationship of Grace
Our relationship with God is a relationship which depends upon His grace. The story of grace is not new---it is the old, old story. Yet it is often new because it has not been heard. It has not been heard because it has not been proclaimed, or because those who heard could not believe, because the story of grace is too good to be true.
Some religious leaders even find grace objectionable because it bypasses the rules they would like to impose so as to retain their positions of authority. So Jesus said of the scribes and Pharisees "you shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in" (Matthew 23:13). The Grace of God is never ours to dispense, but it is ours to share. This issue of Mission is dedicated to the end of sharing the good news of the grace of God.