Date: November 11, 2001

Series: Building a Community Based on Grace

Speaker: Bill Counts

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God Has Decided to Love You.
What Will You do About it?
Matthew 20:1-16

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The Setting of the Parable

Recuiting the Workers (1-7)

Paying the Workers (8-10)

A just complaint? (11-16)

The point of this parable is that God is free to be as generous as he wants. If he has chosen to be generous with you and me, to show his love for us, to save us, to accept us whatever our faults, and that is his decision, how will we respond? We should obviously welcome it. But it seems too good to be true, so we remain hesitant and skeptical at heart. Is that where you are, or do you embrace God's grace and love without hesitation?

Bill Counts graduated from Princeton University, and holds graduate degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), Southern Methodist University (M.A.), and Fuller Seminary (D. Min.). He was on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ for nine years, and for several years after that was involved in ministries to young adults in Southern California. In addition, he taught theology at the Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology and co-authored, with Bruce Narramore, Freedom from Guilt. He has been Senior Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church of Dallas since 1980. He and his wife Beverly have three grown children.

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