Latter-day Saint Life

4 Interfaith Views That Will Help You Understand Grace


MR says: Grace is often a confusing term. So what do Mormons believe about grace? What do other Churches believe? How can understanding this help us in our lives?

Grace is a five-letter word that means so much. It is the dividing line between many sects of Christianity ― holding different meanings and influences depending on that sect’s biblical interpretation. In the LDS church, grace is something powerful, personal, and sacred. Do we ever take the time to learn more about it from those who may believe differently?

In December 2014, a BYU evangelical group called CrossSeekers hosted a symposium on grace. The purpose was for students and other visitors to learn about grace from different perspectives: LDS, Evangelical, and Catholic. Eula Monroe, a well-loved non-LDS professor, and Brad Wilcox, the LDS-famous professor, and author of “His Grace is Sufficient” conducted the event.

The point of the symposium was to open people’s minds up to others’ perspective on what grace is. . . .

Grace is something for which we live our lives. It may be free, but we shouldn’t treat it cheaply. We are grateful for our Savior and His sacrifice on our behalf. One way for us to view works is that it is a way to show our gratitude for His Atonement and to confess to Him and the whole world that we truly believe in Him and what He teaches.

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Learn more about grace from Brad Wilcox's The Continuous Atonementor Sheri Dew'sAmazed by Grace.

What is grace? What difference can grace make in our lives? How does the Savior make His power available to us? And what must we do to gain access to that power?

In Amazed by Grace, Sheri Dew discusses each of those important questions, exploring a topic that she describes as being central to the Atonement of Jesus Christ.


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