Monday, June 19, 2017

39. We're Righteous Through Christ's Performance, Not Ours

On a recent Growing in Grace podcast (#603) we talked about how believers are identified as righteous apart from their behavior. Faith-based righteousness isn't a matter of pursuing righteousness through what we do, but simply through believing what Christ has done.  Here I share a snippet from that podcast in which I talk about this.  We've been justified, cleansed, made righteous and made holy (sanctified) through the blood of Jesus, not through our own performance.  Do yourself a favor, and spare yourself the anxiety, depression and fear that can result from thinking that it's up to you to gain or maintain a certain level of righteousness.  Believe instead in the finished work of Christ.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Clash of the Covenants - new book from Mike Kapler

The brand new book, Clash of the Covenants - Escaping Religious Bondage Through the Grace Guarantee, from Growing in Grace co-host Mike Kapler is now available for Kindle on Amazon!  Remember, you don't need a Kindle in order to read.  Download the Kindle app on your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

Have you been robbed by religion? Have you ever wondered where you really stood with God? For everyone trapped in a mindset of wondering whether God is angry or disappointed with them due to a lack of performance or dedication, help is on the way. In fact, it already arrived more than a couple thousand years ago.

Christian churches are filled with people who have been hearing Bible teaching built upon a foundation of mixing together two very different covenants that are not alike. Frequently embraced in most Christian circles, the practice of combining the old and new covenants has resulted in a diluted version of the gospel. This religious formula has caused many to avoid the institutional church altogether, often puts them in a state of confusion, and leaves them hungering and thirsting for a new identity of righteousness, unaware it has already been provided.

The current reality of unconditional love, peace, freedom, forgiveness, and everything else that is good, has been gifted to us by God's grace through the finished work of Jesus Christ. This is the message most people have been longing to experience, but it may require a complete change of mind from a lifetime of traditional church doctrines that have left many drowning in guilt and feeling as though they are in a state of bondage. God has provided a way of escape from the burdensome religious business—it is through a New Covenant where it is impossible for us to fail, because Jesus is the mediator and guarantee of this better covenant, and it has been established on better promises.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

38. What an Exchange! Jesus Became Sin - You Became Righteous

On this week's Growing in Grace podcast (#587) we talked about how Jesus Became Sin and You Became Righteous. Jesus didn't become sin through His own sinful behavior.  As completely righteous as He was, He became sin.  In the same way, you didn't become righteous through your own righteous behavior.  Even with all the sinful behavior you've ever done, you became the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!  Here's a short snippet from the podcast.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

37. To Attempt to Be Righteous Is to Be Ignorant of God's Righteousness

On this week's Growing in Grace podcast (#586) we talked about How to Be Righteous.  Hint: It's not about what you do!  Here's a snippet from the podcast in which I brought up how Paul talked about those who were ignorant of God's righteousness.  How were they ignorant of God's righteousness? They attempted to be righteous by their own works, as opposed to receiving God's free gift of His own righteousness.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

36. You Are the Part of God's Body That He Wants You to Be

God has placed you in the body of Christ exactly where He wants you to be. There are some members of the body of Christ whose work is highly visible and recognized by others. There are some members whose work is barely, if at all, seen by others. Ultimately, our applause comes from God, not from man, so I hope to encourage you to keep on being who you are in Christ, whether you are highly visible or barely seen.