I grew up going to church. Each Sunday I would hear “churchy” words that I did not fully understand. One day in my middle twenties, I heard a sermon on Grace. It hit me that I didn’t know what Grace was. I mean I could spout that it was “unmerited favor of God” as I had heard before – whatever THAT meant. I knew is was synonymous with “Gift”. But frankly, Grace to me was pretty nebulous and frankly unimpressive. So I prayed a little prayer and asked God to show me what His Grace meant. Wow. Did he ever show me. And thus began a fifty year effort to understand what the words of the Bible mean.
I have taught a number of Bible Study groups. In most of these, I have asked Christians what a given word, like Grace, means. The answers are all over the map. In several studies, we spend weeks looking at the Words of the Bible; so the following posts will replicate some of those studies.
If you have a word you’d like to include; leave a comment below and I’ll try to respond with a post.
So here we go, we’ll start with the word that started it all for me: Grace.