Friday, February 1, 2013

Letter from the FGA President - February 1, 2013


 

Greetings to those, whose heart has been captured by the glorious grace of God,

It is so gratifying to receive letters and emails from Christians around the world thankful and pleased that the Free Grace Alliance boldly proclaims the glorious grace of God. It might be hard for many of us in the states to conceive of a world where you do not have access to sermons, books, or literature that articulate the clear grace of God and the simplicity of receiving the gift of eternal life. I have received emails and letters from a woman in England, a church planter in Africa , a missionary in Pakistan and a pastor in Finland, all grateful for the FGA standing strong and clear and providing resources concerning the grace of God. If you keep up on the FGA “Facebook” page you will also hear from many people about the importance of Grace Theology as they seek to investigate the nuances of a theology of Grace.

Webster defines grace as, "unmerited divine assistance given man for his regeneration or sanctification."  It is not often that secular works describe or define theological concepts correctly, but in this case they have.  Except insofar as God does not "assist" us with either our salvation or sanctification for it is the grace of God in both areas of our life that allows us to grow from glory to glory.

One of the evidences of Free Grace Theology being an accurate system of theology is that it meets one of the seminal requirements for a good theological system; that is: The system that deals with the most data and allows for the fewest assumptions has the best explanatory power. Free Grace theology deals with the entire biblical account and deals with the problem passages without bringing theological assumptions into the text. Hence, its power to explain and exposit the text into an accurate theology is magnified. 

One of the ongoing ministries of the FGA is our conferences. I would encourage you to attend one of our Regional Conferences this year. (March 2nd in Phoenix, April 20th in Salem, May 18 in, Tampa, FL and June 22 in Charlotte, NC) Or, if you would like to sponsor and host an FGA Regional Conference in your area please contact me and we will see if we can help facilitate one near you. These conferences are a great way to enjoy some continuing education in issues of biblical theology and ministry philosophy, as well as enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship with some likeminded people.

Let me encourage you to get involved with the FGA. I invite you to visit and participate in our FGA Blog or our Facebook page. If you desire a Regional Conference let us know. Also, if you have a ministry that we could help share with others through our Ministry Highlights page email us some information.  

My friends, “You” are the Free Grace Alliance. Together we are here to live and learn of the matchless grace of God. As Lewis Sperry Chaffer said many years ago and is ever true,

“Pure grace is neither treating a person as he deserves, nor treating a person better than he deserves, but treating a person without the slightest regard to what he deserves.” 


Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,

Fred Chay, PhD
President, FGA