We may sing of God’s amazing grace, but do we really understand it? If there is one overarching truth in Tony Evans’ message, it is this: we are liberated by God’s magnificent grace, and the old rules no longer apply. In this easy-to-read guide, pastor and Bible teacher Tony Evans shares wisdom from God’s Word on the basics of grace. Learn more about what it means to be saved, sanctified, and set free!
“Legalism is trying to please God ‘by the flesh,’ by attempting to keep a list of laws and rules that we think will earn us God’s favor and keep us in good standing with Him. It is identity based on performance rather than relationship. It makes rule-keeping the basis of spiritual victory.” (Page 9)
“Grace-based Christians obey because it’s their delight. Law-based Christians obey because it’s their duty. Grace-based Christians obey and love it. Law-based Christians obey and resent it. To grace-based Christians, the spiritual life is the lifting of a burden (see Matthew 11:30). But to legalistic Christians, living for God feels like carrying a heavy load.” (Page 12)
“Theologians have developed a classic definition of grace as God’s unmerited, or undeserved, favor toward sinners. I define grace as the inexhaustible supply of God’s goodness whereby He does for us what we could never do for ourselves. It is His gift to us.” (Page 20)
“Grace is God’s kindness and gentleness to us when He could have backed us into a corner as guilty sinners and destroyed us without violating His holy character. But God wanted to make us His children, so instead of expressing His wrath against us, He poured it out on His own sinless Son on the cross. Jesus took our punishment so God could embrace us.” (Page 24)
“the Law doesn’t exist to make us better but to show us how helpless we are so that we will run to Christ” (Page 15)
Clarity. Conscience. Convicting. These three words summarize my experience with Tony Evans. He never fails to speak with clarity to my conscience—convicting of both God’s love and my response.
—Max Lucado, preacher and teacher, Oak Hills Church of Christ
Tony Evans writes like he speaks—with clarity, practicality, and power.
—Ravi Zacharias, president, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
Tony Evans is Senior Pastor of Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, president of The Urban Alternative, and a widely-syndicated radio broadcaster. He graduated from Dallas Theology Seminary, where he was the first African-American to receive a doctorate in theology.
Dr. Evans' Urban Alternative ministry seeks to bring about spiritual renewal in urban America, and his radio broadcast, “The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans" airs in more than 500 outlets in the United States and over 40 countries.