Carder, Chapter 6 Overview: Reconciled and Transformed by Grace



How would you summarize the information in this chapter in one or more sentences?

What statement by Bishop Carder really spoke to your mind or heart as very important for us to understand and remember?


This discussion is on a chapter from Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, by Kenneth Carder (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2009). This book is available from, and other sources.


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3 Responses to Carder, Chapter 6 Overview: Reconciled and Transformed by Grace

  1. Deborah Johnston says:

    After reading this chapter, Hymn 365 in the Methodist Hymnal, “Grace Greater than our Sin” ran through my mind for about a week.
    “Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within; Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all within.”
    I think it sums up this chapter.

  2. George Newton says:

    Discussion Questions:
    1. God’s grace is open to all mankind. It is the compass that provides direction to our lives pointing us to the gift of salvation.
    2. “If prevenient grace is the porch of the house of grace and justifying grace is the doorway,sanctifying grace represents the rooms in the infinite dwelling of God’s presence.” It is to see the world through God’s eyes leading us to the divine image He wills for us.

  3. Lori Nimke says:

    1. In Methodism grace is the “source of salvation, the restoration of the divine image and the reconciliation of creation.” There are three actions of grace in Methodism and the first is prevenient grace – grace that prepares us, justifying grace – grace for us and sanctifying grace – grace perfecting us. The three dimensions of grace are simultaneously present and are not sequential or chronological in nature.

    2. “God’s grace is manifest in all creation even though suffering, violence, and evil are everywhere present. Rather than grace being a packaged gift dispense by God, grace is God’s presence and power to create, heal, forgive, reconcile, and transform person, communities, nations, and the entire cosmos. Where God is present there is grace, God’s power to renew and transform.

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