Portraits of Grace is a collection of 7 interwoven sketches, written by Charles M Reese, in a 75-minute programme presented in dramatised storytelling format. There is a common thread of 'grace' throughout the pieces, with thought-provoking challenges to both Christians and non-Christians alike.
The sketches are:
TELL US A STORY
A prologue based on Matt 13:11-12.
This adaptation of Jesus' parable of the rich man and Lazarus reminds us that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. (Lk 16:19-31; Matt 6:19-21, 31-33)
HEY, BIG SPENDER!
Jesus' parable of the unforgiving servant challenges us that our appreciation for the grace extended to us by God must be demonstrated in the grace we extend to others. (Matt 18:21-35)
THE DEPENDABLE SON
The elder brother in Jesus' parable of the prodigal son is a poignant reminder to us that legalism can be a grace-killer. (Lk 15:11-32)
THE STORY OF THE PEASANT PRINCESS
A modern-day parable showing us that it is grace – not works – that makes us who we are in Christ, and that God’s grace and love are unconditional.
BONDS OF PERFECT LOVE
The gospel in a nutshell, covering creation, the fall, the Law, Christ, his death and resurrection, his fulfilment of the Law, and his offer of grace to all who would respond. (Gal 4:3-5)
LAY DOWN YOUR BURDEN
Jesus' encounter with a woman of ill repute demonstrates the power of grace to give a second chance, and to set us free from the burdens that plague us. (Jn 4:1-42)