From Death to Life

What are the things religion can’t do for you? Today we look at life. There are lots of religions, but religion can’t give us life. “Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? Far from it! For if a law had been given that was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law. But the Scripture has confined everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” Galatians 3:21-22 * UNITED October 15-17, 2021
* Robert asks a follow up question concerning Galatians and why the Lord allowed the false apostles and why they infiltrated the Galatians. * Freida asks, “what are the works that Jesus referred to in John 14:12? * How does rest motivate us to good work?

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Righteousness From God

Manmade religions can’t provide the things we need. It can only make us restless. “For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh–though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: … as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. … the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith…” Philippians 3:3-10
* Robert calls to say thanks for the ministry and asks why did the Lord allow Satan to infiltrate His churches?
* How does the New Covenant change the way God deals with nations as well as individuals? * UNITED October 15-17, 2021
* I have told my enemies I love them, shown them kindness, helped them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They haven’t responded. What can I do?

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Cleansed Once and For All

We’ve been talking about all the things religion can’t do for us. We can’t find rest in religion. We only find it in Christ. We can’t find forgiveness in religion. We only find forgiveness in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Religion can’t cleanse our consciousness. Only the sacrifice offered by Jesus can do that. “The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,so that we may serve the living God!” Hebrews 9:13-14 * UNITED October 15-17, 2021
* Clay comments about pastors who claim believers will be judged by their tithe. * Was Jesus put to death on a cross or a tree?
* Regarding Jesus’ baptism, what does it mean that he did it to “fulfill all righteousness”? * What is your opinion on seminary school? Is it worth it? Is it necessary? * Who are the true disciples? Matthew 7

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Totally Forgiven

Religion can’t give you a sense of being forgiven once and for all. When humanity invents a religion, they create a formula for you to follow. However, the Gospel claims that Jesus has cleansed us once and for all. Hebrews 10 proclaims this truth. We are totally forgiven people in Jesus Christ.
* Samuel wrote, “I was able to follow Christ in all simplicity by grace through faith just as Bob has been.”
* Daniella asks about the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual attacks she’s experiencing in her life creating dought of her salvation.
* There are many other verses that tell us that if we believe in Jesus we have eternal life, but the “depart from me I never knew you” is a very troubling verse to me.

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Enter By Faith

We put a lot of stock in our religious teaching and ceremonies. But the Bible tells us those are worthless. One of those things we can only find in Him is rest. “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:9-10 Are you willing to let go of your efforts and rest in Jesus Christ? * UNITED October 15-17, 2021
* Andrew asks about prayer and fasting and love’s role as the only power in the world.
* Will you all please give examples of religious restlessness, versus rest in Jesus?
* Could you please speak on this subject of grieving the Holy Spirit in context, so I may begin to grasp this subject in light of the new covenant?

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No Greater Identity

When we don’t know who we are, we play religious games to try to figure out who we are. But God wants us to know we are children of God. John wrote: “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” * How do I answer someone who questions the validity of the Gospels?
* I have learned that it is not by works (what we do or believe), it is by Grace. So how can I interpret that?
* Can you speak a little about using verses such as Jeremiah 29:11 to prove a point even though it was spoken to a specific individual or nation?

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Who Are You?

Let’s talk about our identity in Christ. “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:15-17 * UNITED October 15-17, 2021
* What is the meaning of the Scripture saying that Jesus sticks closer than a brother? Proverbs 18:24 *
* I was just listening to a pastor pray for the Holy Spirit to be poured down on him and congregation, didn’t sound right.
* Can you point me to resources I can use in my walk to become a true disciple and accurately share the good news?

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Your Identity in Jesus Christ

Why is it so important to understand our identity in Jesus Christ? Andrew talks about this vitally important topic. * Why did Jesus speak in parables?
* UNITED October 15-17, 2021
* Why is it that I still have lusts such as looking at girls, marijuana or beer. If Christ is in me, why do i have a heart to do these things?
* I believe that the judgment he describes is not for those of us who are in Jesus, but for those who remain on the earth later. Can you please clarify the way judgement works?

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Embrace God’s Story

Christianity is the only set of doctrines and beliefs that open a relationship with God. Religion is man made attempts. So what do we do with manmade rituals? How do we live today? “And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.'” Matthew 16:22-23 * UNITED October 15-17, 2021
* Clay comments about the religions of men trying to clean us from the outside in.
* Patty is having problems trusting God with her family and their choices not to choose Jesus.
* J from YouTube comments, “Can I live in sin and still claim to be a Christian? I think not.”

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Called to Faith

So many people try to complicate Christianity. We often hear the question “What am I supposed to be doing?” The focus is shifted from Jesus to behavior. God has called us to faith in Jesus Christ, the author and perfector of our faith
* Edwin asks about John 5:36. If Jesus is God, how could the Father grant him life? * A caller asks about Christians and premarital sex. Why do they think it’s OK? * UNITED October 15-17, 2021
* Dan has a question about Hebrews 10:26. How does it apply to the believer? Does willful sin go unforgiven?

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