Grace to Conquer Trials

Our relationship with God is based on grace. There’s no way to have a relationship with God unless he chooses to extend us grace. And he’s done that through the work of Jesus Christ. God initiates this relationship with us.
* If you have time could you help me understand Romans 8:17. I believe in Jesus plus nothing, but this seems to add something to that. * Are you supposed to call any man Reverend?
* Could y’all please explain James 3:1?

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A Radical Transformation

“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:4-7 Not only did we need grace for forgiveness but we need grace for life. It’s simply grace from start to finish. * Why do people fear God?
* You said that Adam and Eve freely ate of all the trees, including the tree of life. This is not so according to Genesis 3:23, 24. * How are we to understand predestination?

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Grace and Promise

It’s the 5th anniversary of Simple Gospel, Simply Grace. It’s a book that’s been answering the question: “how is the Christian life supposed to work?” for 5 years. What we’d love to see is for Basic Gospel Nation to get the word out about the grace of God. We are in a time were the grace of God is needed more than ever before. So let’s get the word out.
* Will animals be in Heaven? What about hunting and fishing for sport? Is it wrong?
* How do you know when you’re on the right track with the Lord when everything around you is chaotic? How can I be for sure that I’m in God’s perfect will?
* Clay comments: “We, as a new creation, are a part of His rescue mission of saving the world one heart at a time.”
* What is “the sin” that leads to death in 1 John 5:16? And does verse 17 play into verse 16?

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Simple Gospel, Simply Grace – Part 4

The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the good news. To the disciples and to us, it is hard to see death as good news. But when Jesus was raised from the dead, his resurrection became our resurrection and death lost it’s power. The book of 1 Corinthians remind us of the Gospel. In plain, clear language he reinforces the priority of God for us.

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Blessed Are the Forgiven

“Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness…” Romans 4:4-8 You have been declared righteous in God’s sight through the work of Jesus Christ. * What day is truly the Sabbath?
* Patty calls for encouragement in the midst of what we’re going through today.
* Is the Deliverance Prayer is for demonic activity or just for those who are possessed by a demon?

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Trained in Righteousness

We’ve been righteous through faith in Jesus Christ. It’s not ours to earn. It’s God’s gift to give. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 What does it mean to trained in righteousness?
* “Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.” 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Please speak to how the entirety of the trinity is on the same page with us.
* ​I have a question about the Bema seat of judgment and the scriptures about “rewards”. Just some clarification about those verses that talk about rewards, crowns, etc. * ​Is training in righteousness the same as maturing in Christ? * How do we get unstuck?

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True Righteousness and Holiness

“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” Ephesians 4:17-18 We were once alienated from the life of God, but no more. He has made us righteous in him. We’ve been raised to walk in the newness of life. * How does James statement, “faith without works is dead” fit in with grace?
* Does God send people to Hell? – * Steve calls about the separateness of the trinity vs. the unity.

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The Covenant of Life

“Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!” 2 Corinthians 3:7-9 We have two contrasting ministries. One brought death and the other brought life. * Why didn’t the Jews speak God’s name? Can we speak his name? * Are Gentiles included in the promises given to Israel? Ephesians 2:14-18
* I’ve found four occurrences of water and the Holy Spirit being connected. Are there any other places where water and the Holy Spirit are connected?

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Simple Gospel, Simply Grace – Part 3

First Things First. When we know God’s priority for us, we can begin to live as He intends. For many, changing behavior in an effort to become worthy precedes coming to God. God’s priority is first to give us life, which is what makes change possible. It is the death of Christ that paid the price for our sins, the death of Christ reconciled us unto God. But the story doesn’t end there. It is the resurrection of Christ that makes us alive. Because He lives, we live. * Simple Gospel, Simply Grace –

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It Is God Who Justifies

We’ve been declared righteous through the Lord Jesus Christ. But so many of us don’t live that way because we don’t know what it means. Paul speaks to this in Romans 8 … “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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