“Grace” is the most important concept in the Bible, Christianity, and the world. It is most clearly expressed in the promises of God revealed in Scripture and embodied in Jesus Christ.
WELCOME to the Grace Church Website.
This site remembers the contributions the church made to Bangor and its community for over a period of 164 years. It was a vital part of the community. The church stood at the corner of Clinton St. and Union St. in Bangor’s Westside neighborhood.
Bangor’s Past. Present and Future are also featured here. It is fitting to remember the city that we shared as it goes forward into the future without Grace Church.
Did you know that many of the best locally produced Videos featuring Bangor are included on these pages? Just scroll down to the bottom of this page. You may find some information that you did not already know. You might enjoy the sounds of the chimes in mp3 format. Bangor has a long history and some important facts may not fully shine through elsewhere. You might also be surprised to know the full meaning of Grace as presented on this page. Grace Church was always proud of its name for very good reasons.
Grace Church fed hundreds of hungry and needy people in Bangor Maine both spiritually and physically. Who will continue this ministry?
“Out of the awareness of grace comes freedom, authority, power, love, worship, and life in abundance” (John 10:10)
Mostly Grace is more than second chances, surprises, and unmerited gifts. Grace comes in our inability and failure, and provides radical changes and a paradigm shift. Grace gives new opportunities and a fresh revelation of God and life. Grace will transform you if you let it.
God is love. He cares for you and is faithful to His covenant promises, and so He forgives you. God is holy and righteous, and paid the price that forgiveness requires in Jesus Christ. When love, faithfulness, and righteousness were united at the cross, grace and forgiveness was offered to you (2 John 3; John 1:12).
What is amazing about grace? As the undeserved, unearned favor of God, grace can never be earned by your good deeds or received as a result of religious performance. Grace means God freely and openly receives sinners—even you with all your flaws and hang-ups. Grace is manifested in human failure, sin, weakness, loss, and heartbreak.
The wonder of God’s grace is that it does not give up. It takes you right where you are and transforms you into who you were meant to become when you were created. God’s grace transforms an ugly, awkward, incomplete caterpillar into a graceful butterfly that can soar into life abundant. That’s what God’s desire is for you, life to the fullest.
It is well known that Grace is a gift that is received by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), totally undeserved by you. It is by grace through faith that God’s life, power, and righteousness are acknowledged. However, that grace must be received (John 1:12). Your faith is born and established in this loving relationship. Grace is about relationships (Revelation 3:20).
“Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.”(B.B. Warfield)
“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.”(John Stott)
“[Grace] is God reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against Him.”(Jerry Bridges)
“Grace is unconditional love toward a person who does not deserve it.” (Paul Zahl)
Grace is most needed and best understood in the midst of sin, suffering, and brokenness. We live in a world of earning, deserving, and merit, and these result in judgment. That is why everyone wants and needs grace. Judgment kills. Only grace makes us alive.
A shorthand for what grace is – “mercy, not merit.” Grace is the opposite of karma, which is all about getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. Thank heavens for Grace!
Remember that Grace enlightens our communion with God, with others, and with ourselves.
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