The mission of Grace Ministries Tennessee is to free believers to experience the reality of their identity in Christ in all aspects of their lives. We want to help them learn not only how to walk in their new identity in Christ to positively effect their personal lives, but also to learn how to communicate the Truths of what Hudson Taylor called "The Exchanged Life" to the world around them and fulfill their God-given destiny here on this earth.
The Exchanged Life is Christ living His life through us rather than us trying to make life work through our own efforts. This exchange is made possible through the believer's union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for the sin of mankind once and for all so that "whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." But much more happened on the cross than just the forgiveness of sin, as incredible as that forgiveness is. The Bible says that we also died with Christ, were buried with Him, and rose with Him to "newness of life" (Romans 6:6, Colossians 3:3, Galatians 6:14) and the life we now live is actually Christ living His life in and through us.
The only way one is able to live The Exchanged Life is by the grace of God. Grace, God's unmerited favor, or said another way, God doing for man what man was powerless to do for himself. It was most certainly God's grace that saved us at the point of salvation, and it is only by this same grace tha we can live the Christian life today. We are powerless to live the Christian life out of our own human resources no matter how hard we try. It is only by God doing for us what we are powerless to do for ourselves that we can experience the abundant life Jesus came to give.
"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
II Corinthians 5:21