My favourite definition of grace is, “the unmerited favour of God.”
This can be tricky sometimes. Oh, it is clear enough for us, it is when other people receive grace that we can have difficulties with it. A further barrier can be our regrettable tendency to see all the good things we know in God as being New Testament things . . . or even later.
We spend some time in the Old Testament story of Hagar and Ishmael to look at some of the instances of grace extended to them. Grace permeates the Bible because grace wasn’t discovered as a new thing with the Incarnation but has always been part of God.
We have two sermons again this Sunday so you can see what you think of how I treat the topic with two different groups of people. There are some differences, not only length 🙂