Thursday, January 7, 2016

35. There No Longer Remains a Sacrifice for Sins

Many people stumble on a verse that is unfortunately taken out of context: Heb 10:26 "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins..."

The point of the book of Hebrews was to show the superiority of Jesus and His one sacrifice through which sin was taken away and through which God remembers our sins no more, over the Old Covenant system in which sins were never taken away and in fact were only remembered! Hebrews 10:26 isn't saying that Jesus' sacrifice doesn't apply to people who sin willfully. That would contradict the whole point the writer was making! Rather, as we look at the verse in context, we see that the point is that Jesus' one sacrifice does indeed apply to people who sin, and that there is no other sacrifice that they can turn to.


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Thursday, November 5, 2015

34. What Christ Became for Us

There are various things that many believers are trying to earn or gain by their efforts, that are really a gift that God has given us. In fact, Paul writes that Christ Himself became these things for us: Wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. In Christ's name we have been (past tense) washed, sanctified and justified, and it's not by our works or efforts but it's "by the Spirit of our God"!

This 2 minute podcast is a snippet from a past Growing in Grace podcast entitled "The Gift of Sanctification."


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

33. The Gift of His Grace

Everything that we have in Christ is the result of the gift of God's grace. Apart from Christ we were all sinners, and even our righteous deeds counted as filthy rags to God. But God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Christ died for the ungodly. God Himself has justified us by the gift of His grace.


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Friday, May 22, 2015

32. God Is Faithful to Finish the Work He Began in You

We can have full confidence, as the Apostle Paul did, that it is God who began a good work in us, and it is God who will remain faithful to see His work through! While he gently assured the Philippians of this, he had to send a sharp message to the Galatians, who were trying to complete God's work through their own fleshly efforts. It's God, not us, who sees His work through to completion, and that's something we can rest in.


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

31. Grace Makes People Free

There are many reasons why people preach and teach the gospel of God's grace and peace, and why people want to evangelize the church with the message of God's grace and peace. One of the big reasons is this: It makes people free. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, and yet many believers are bound up and are far from free in Christ.

Next month marks the 10th anniversary of the weekly Growing in Grace podcast that I do with Mike Kapler. The reason we've continued to do it each week is because it continues to help people find and stay in the freedom of Christ. Over the years we've received many emails and comments from people, sometimes simply asking questions about grace and other times pouring out their hearts and souls to us. In this video I share a couple of these emails, as they go to show the bondage that people have found themselves trapped in through what they've been taught in the church, and then the freedom that they've found through hearing the good news of God's grace and peace!



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Friday, September 12, 2014

30. Communion: Remembering Jesus, Not Examining Our Sins



The Lord's Supper (aka Communion) is meant to be a joyous celebration of what Jesus has done for us, and yet many in the church today have sadly made it into a morbid time of recounting and confessing sins. Some people even fear they are unworthy of participating, all because they've sinned. All the while, the very purpose of Jesus' body being broken and His blood being shed was so that our sins would be taken away - not remembered!

Some of these confusing phrases in 1 Corinthians 11 include "let a man examine himself" and "eats and drinks judgment to himself." In this podcast and video I take a look at the passage as a whole, in context, and show how we have nothing to worry about in taking the Lord's supper, and in fact we can be all the more thankful for the broken body and shed blood of Jesus!

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Friday, May 2, 2014

29. Be Who You Are


God has created you as a unique individual! He created you to be who you are, not who others are. As individuals, we belong to God and we belong to each other, so when each of us is who we are, it all works together!

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Here is the written blog post for this podcast: Be Who You Are.
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