Mike Kapler
"The Kap"
Joel Brueseke
"Breezeman"
 
Growing in Grace is a weekly podcast airing on various internet sources. Sit down with Mike and Joel as they casually chat about growing in understanding the gospel and living in the freedom that comes through Jesus Christ. New episodes are uploaded every Sunday and all past episodes are archived here. Special thanks to our podcast announcer, Amy Wolter.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

472. God Has Dedicated Himself to You

We often put the focus of the Christian life on our dedication and commitment to God. Under the Old Covenant, the lives of the Jewish people revolved around this sincere effort to establish right standing with Him. The results were utter failure and they were constantly reminded of their faults and inability to escape a guilty conscious. The Christian life isn't supposed to be about our dedication and re-dedication based upon our moral efforts. The New Covenant revealed God's dedication to us through the blood of Jesus Christ.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"What You Say" by Allan Scott



Just over a year ago, I interviewed Allan Scott on my Growing in Grace Together podcast.  Check that interview out here.  Well, today I'm very eager to share his brand new song with everyone!  Allan Scott's music is very grace-based, and this song beautifully reminds us of how God sees us.  In Christ, God has made us holy and righteous.  His grace is bigger than our sin, and it's bigger than anything we've ever done or anywhere we've ever been!  It's wonderful when music and lyrics can mix in such a way so as to reinforce these wonderful truths of God and who we are in Him.  This song does just that.

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-Joel

Sunday, November 16, 2014

471. Stop Trying to Be Like Jesus

In Christ, we have a brand new identity. We're no longer "sinners saved by grace," but we're saints who are fully dependent upon God's grace. We've been made new. We're sanctified, holy, righteous, blameless and complete in Him. And while each of these things is true of every single believer, God has also made each of us as unique individuals.

So this week we talk about how we're not trying to be like each other - and we're also not trying to be like Jesus! Rather, while we are in union with Him, we live our daily lives as the unique individuals He has made us to be. Along with this, we talk about two common words that are often used in the church to describe believers, and yet aren't mentioned in the epistles of Paul, Peter, James and John: "disciples" and "followers" of Jesus. Hmmm!


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Sunday, November 09, 2014

470. A New You

Many believers, who in reality have been made brand new in Jesus Christ, still carry some of the old ideas about themselves that were true of them before they came to know Christ. The Old Covenant scriptures say that the heart is "deceitful and desperately wicked," and so believers continue to believe that that is true of them, even in Christ. What they don't realize is that in Christ we've been given a NEW heart, and our new heart is not wicked or deceitful - it's holy, righteous and sanctified! Many believers also refer to themselves as merely a "sinner saved by grace," not realizing that in Christ their identity is no longer "sinner," but "saint"! In Christ, we've been made new, and it's very liberating when we begin to understand these core things about our true identity in Christ.


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Sunday, November 02, 2014

469. Prodigal Part 3: Gentiles Welcome in the House

Continuing with our look at the Prodigal/Lost Son parable, we find some interesting things that Jesus shared in the chapters leading up to this. He gave examples of how Israel would turn down the invitation to come to the heavenly dinner table in the house of God. This would lead to the Lord extending a welcome to those who had been far away in all other directions (Gentiles). Even the older Jewish son declined to join the celebration when the younger Gentile son had become a part of the family. God demonstrated His love by pursuing us when we were lost and without hope.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

468. The Prodigal Gentile: Formerly Far Off

This is Part 2 of a look at The Prodigal Son parable. Last week we brought out that the parable isn't just about two individual sons but two groups of people, the Jews and the Gentiles. The younger Gentile son had been "far off" when the Father ran to him. Ephesians Chapter 2 describes how we Gentiles were formerly "far off" but have now been brought near by the blood of Christ. We Gentiles became part of the same household with the same Father. God proclaimed peace and reconciled both Jew and Gentile into one body, together into one new man. The older Jewish son struggled with the truth that the Gentile brother would be invited in without having to pursue righteousness by the commandments. Instead it was righteousness that pursued him!


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

467. Just Who Is the Prodigal Son (and His Brother)?

Many different perspectives have been provided about the parable of The Lost (Prodigal) son. Usually the focus is on the young son who left and and rebelled, sowed his wild oats and then decided he would repent and come back home to serve his father. Most interpretations will agree the father represents God in this parable. So why does the story mention just two sons when there are so many in all of creation? This is a question that needs to be asked, and the revelation of who these two sons represent gives the answer to a mystery the Apostle Paul said had been hidden for generations. Most of us have missed the hidden meaning in the parable. This is Part 1.


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

466. 2 Divided By 1 Barrier = 2

Once upon a time, there were two groups of people who had been separated by a dividing wall known as the enmity, found in the law and commandments contained in ordinances. The barrier was broken down and those who had been far away were brought near so the two groups could be made into one man, thus establishing peace. The two groups were reconciled through the cross and those who had been far away had been brought near and welcomed into the same household and family, with the same Father. With the Barrier being removed, there is no longer Jew or Gentile in Christ and they all lived happily ever after.


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Sunday, October 05, 2014

465. Nix the Mix!

They are not two great tastes that go great together. We don't mix new wine into old wineskins, neither should we mix the Old Covenant with the New Covenant. Why? The old way was replaced with a better covenant, a better hope and better promises. Why would the Gentile church want to place themselves into an obsolete covenant that could never bring life when they were never under it to begin with? Hearing the commandments of law that came through Moses blinds the heart from comprehending the good news. The alternative for us is the ministry of God's Spirit, where we'll find life and liberty.


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

464. A Change of Priesthood

The Jewish people received the Old Covenant law through the Levitical priesthood. Because the law made nothing perfect, there was a need for another priest to arise (Jesus). The book of Hebrews explains that where there is a change of priesthood, there is a change of law also. When the religious world attempts to bring back the old commandments and mix them into the New Covenant, they should also be bringing back the old priesthood. Of course, this wouldn't bring perfection, life or forgiveness any more than the commandments themselves. Jesus established a permanent priesthood with something completely new, He took away the first covenant in order to establish the new one.


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