Justification

How do we know that our sins are forgiven? In Romans 5:16 we read: “And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification.” He removed all of our sins and took the condemnation and punishment and gave us his righteousness. * Rhea asks about keeping the Sabbath since it was given before the law. * Is our heart deceitful or can we trust it?
* How do I talk to people who don’t want to know about Jesus?

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Forgiving Others

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 This raises the question, how did God in Christ forgive you? That’s the question for today’s Basic Gospel.
* Diana wants to know what role repentance of sins has in belief in Jesus. Is it necessary to repent to be saved?
* Clay comments about Jesus’ shedding his blood for us and he finished the work for us. Matthew 26:28 * Brenda asks for help concerning her relationship with her boyfriend.

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Put on Compassion and Kindness

Based upon the forgiveness we have in Christ Jesus, we can learn to forgive one another. “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:12-13 The old man is gone. Now you’ve been made new in Christ Jesus. How has God in Christ forgiven us? * Is fasting necessary today? Is it something we need to do?
* I had an abortion a long time ago, but it still haunts me today. I feel so guilty. I know you say God forgives, but how can he not judge me for what I did? Can I ever get past this? * Morgan asks about the “Oneness” group. What do they believe? Who started it?

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Your Sins are Forgiven

What Christ did at the cross was the very thing that allowed Pentecost to happen. The Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Forgiveness is a very, very important issue. 1 John 2:12 “I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.” * What is the meaning of God’s discipline in Hebrews 12:5-6? * Ray asks about being made holy. Are we not made holy when we come to Christ?
* Josiah wants to know why someone should go to Bible college if the denominations disagree on the interpretation of Scripture.

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Hebrews – So Great a Salvation, part 18

We’ve received a kingdom that is unshakable. We stand on solid ground. Jesus is our cornerstone and our life in Him is rock solid. Chapter 13 of Hebrews looks at acceptable worship to God, in very practical ways: Let brotherly love continue. Be hospitable. Remember those in prison and those who are being mistreated. Hold marriage in high honor. Don’t defile the marriage bed. Be content with what you have. Remember, the Lord will never leave you nor forsake you. Therefore, live without fear, the Lord is your helper.

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Living Stones

This whole week we’ve talked about the importance of Pentecost – the giving of the Holy spirit. 1 Peter 2:4-5 “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” We are now the house of God – made new in him.
* A caller asks if we will remember our family in Heaven and if we’ll remember those who didn’t make it to Heaven. * Mary Jo is troubled that she failed to share the Gospel very well.
* Bob, I’m a little confused. I thought that Jesus cried out “my God why have you forsaken me” when He and God the father were indeed separated because God could not look at the sin Jesus bore for us.

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Experiencing Pentecost

The Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost demonstrating God’s new dwelling place. When you come to Christ, you experience your own personal Pentecost – the gift of the Holy Spirit. Colossians 1:27 “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”
* When we become Spirit filled, we receive the fullness of the Spirit, correct? But I’ve heard people speak on being continually filled on a daily basis. Can you please clarify this for me?
* Barry’s wife lost her parents recently and he asks for Scripture and prayer to help her grief.

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