We find violent acts, sexual and other abuses, political prowess showing itself in control tactics and manipulation, and the like, not only in the world around us but also in our churches. While safety policies, security teams, and training of all staff and ministry workers certainly have a place, we need more as a Church. We need the power of grace.
How the Power of Grace Helps with Church Safety Issues
In the next several posts we will consider how grace helps with church safety issues by its:
- preventative effects
- coping power
- enablement for godly responses
When we reflect on the many ways God’s grace helps us in all areas of life, including safety issues, we should find ourselves commending people to the grace of God. No wonder …
the epistles to the early churches begin with and end with reference to God’s grace (Rom. 1:7; 16:20; 1 Cor. 1:3; 16:23; 2 Cor. 1:2; 13:14; Gal. 1:3; 6:18; Eph. 1:2; 6:24; Phil. 1:2; 4:23; Col. 1:2; 4:18; 1 Thess. 1:1;5:28; 2 Thess. 1:2; 3:18; 1 Tim. 1:2; 6:21; 2 Tim. 1:2; 4:22; Titus 1:4; 3:15).
the last verse in the Bible reads, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (Rev. 22:21).
God, by His grace, does for us what we can’t do for ourselves. As His church let’s not just rely on human strength and strategies to deal with safety issues. We need to pull on spiritual resources, like God’s grace, to maintain a more complete approach in all we do.