Grace is a Foundational Truth
By Dr. Larry Ollison
I've heard it said that grace is the power to do God's will and it is the force that sustains us on the inside while things are being accomplished on the outside. While we're reaching out in faith, we need a substance on the inside to sustain us while we wait for the outward things to come to pass. That substance, that divine force, is grace. We need to have the grace of God upholding us, energizing and moving in our lives. We must rely on grace, but we cannot back off from our faith and become lazy. Faith must be maintained, nurtured, and strengthened by continuing in the Word daily.
It has always bothered me when people imply that faith is a movement. They ask, "Were you involved in the faith movement?" But faith is not a movement. Faith is something we must have all the time. To say faith is a movement is like saying the Church went through a salvation movement. The Church didn't go through a salvation movement. Salvation is one of the fundamental truths of the Church. It's not a movement. It's something that is to be taught all the time. Salvation is something we cannot live without. We can't enter heaven without salvation. Salvation is required in order to live our everlasting life in the Kingdom and presence of God. And in order to receive salvation, grace and faith are required (Ephesians 2:8). So if we are saved by grace through faith, don't you think faith and grace are vitally important? Salvation, faith, and grace are never movements - they are foundational truths.