Grace of GOD ConferencePomerado Calendar
All eyes are directed to the podium, to the vibrant speaker, Dr. Gregg Marutzky giving his lesson on Gospel Grace. With 225 people, the auditorium is full and some are having to stand in the back—people from regions all over San Diego. Notes are being written; pictures of slides are being taken. The focus in the atmosphere can almost be felt as Dr. Marutzky’s words draw in the crowd. “We only know grace from brokenness!” he says energetically, as he goes through the definitions of grace and our misconception of needing to beat ourselves down in order to receive it, “There’s much more to grace.” His initial focus is on theology as he follows the theme of Romans, 3:23–24 and switches over to the History of Grace and Theological Perspective. The main point he brings before his listeners is his proposal of Cross Theology: “Theology of God is based on…The Cross. Theology of grace comes from our theology or knowledge of God. All theologies stem from our view of God.”
This grace conference is divided into multiple sessions featuring other speakers: Jon and Yung Gore, Doug Lovgren, Austin Farrell and Cory Wadstrom, and John Oakes. The fellowshipping of disciples is vibrant as these events transition, Gregg Marutzky returning to the stage for the final session to complete his lesson on Gospel Grace, this second part focusing on ministry. Many points and helpful verses are shared, but the two which stand out most are the personalization of grace and bringing grace into the ministry. The former point stands out as he personalizes his own message, sharing with us struggles in his family and transformations in his life. He does this while calling us to personalize Scripture, prayer, and the cross to help fully understand and receive God’s grace. Closing on Romans, 12:9–18, he emphasizes having a loving attitude and ensuring that the church does not get caught up in a non-existent formula, but that a healthy ministry thrives on grace. To draw on what he said earlier, “If you’re a black and white thinker, you haven’t gotten grace.” God is love, and building a relationship with Him is much more complicated than X, Y, and Z.