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.
Mike Kapler
"The Kap"
Joel Brueseke
"Breezeman"

Sunday, July 20, 2014

454. The Bad News from The Good Samaritan

Part 3 of our look at the parable of The Good Samaritan. A lawyer had asked Jesus how he may obtain eternal life, and this inspired the parable. Afterwards, Jesus asked the lawyer who he thought was a good neighbor. The man responded, "The one who showed mercy." Jesus said, "Go and do the same." (Or "do likewise"). In the context of the lawyer's question and the parable, "go and do the same" was not an exhortation to show mercy, but was the Lord's way of ministering the impossible standard of perfection that the law demanded.


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

453. Who Is the Good Samaritan?

The parable of The Good Samaritan has often been taught from the perspective that we should show mercy to others and be good to our neighbors. That is something that should be encouraged. However, that is not what the parable is about. Jesus is not answering a question about how to treat our neighbor. Rather, a lawyer is asking a question about how to inherit eternal life, and in doing so he is trying to justify himself through keeping the law. By trying to take on the role of The Good Samaritan, we have unknowingly encouraged people to "go and do likewise." That is, to try to justify themselves instead of trusting in Christ.


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Sunday, July 06, 2014

452. Introduction to The Good Samaritan

One of the more popular parables Jesus shared was the story known as The Good Samaritan. This week we focus on a conversation between Jesus and a lawyer who had tried to trap Jesus into saying something against the law. His question was about how to inherit eternal life. It's another case of asking a law-based question and receiving a law-based answer. The lawyer asked yet another question as he was seeking to justify himself, and so it is this exchange between him and Jesus that inspires the parable. This lays the ground work for the parable which we'll dive into on next week's podcast.


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

451. Life, Love and Liberty

We focus on the love of God this week, and the life that we have in Him. It freely brought mercy and righteousness apart from anything we could do to try to establish ourselves before God. Where the commands of the law ministered guilt and and put our weaknesses on display, grace delivered us from that. We'll look at a couple of instances that contrast Jesus ministering law while at other times reaching out with with mercy and compassion to those in need.


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

450. The Contrast of Law and Grace

John's gospel states that the law came through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. The law did not bring the Jewish people grace and truth. It could not impart life. Whether Jew or Gentile, understanding the purpose of the law will help free us into experiencing the life of Christ from within. Jesus didn't come to empower us to live the law. Rather, He fulfilled it for us. We now have a wedded relationship with Him, not based on a marriage license, but rooted in unconditional love.

In this podcast, Joel mentioned the following:

The ministry and fruit of the of the law included:

It made people guilty (Rom 3:19)
It condemned (2 Cor 3:9)
It imputed sin to man (Rom 5:13)
Through it, sin abounded (Rom 5:20)
It brought death (Rom 7:9-11)
It was against us and contrary to us (Col 2:14)
It was enmity with us (Eph 2:15)

All of the following is true of the Law AFTER the cross:

It was wiped out, taken out of the way and nailed to the cross (Col 2:14)
It was abolished (Eph 2:15)
It was put to death (Eph 2:16)
It was annulled (Heb 7:18)
It was made obsolete (Heb 8:13)

The law's job had been completed. The law "was added because of transgressions, *till* the Seed should come to whom the promise was made…" (Gal 3:19).


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Sunday, June 15, 2014

449. Gospel: Right-Standing With God Apart from Works

The word "gospel" is something we hear frequently, but just exactly what is it? While it may mean different things to different people, there is a foundational cornerstone that was revealed in the good news. It was the righteousness of God, something the Jewish people were not familiar with. This righteousness was made known apart from the works of the law as a gift. We attain the gift by faith in what Jesus Christ did on our behalf.


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Sunday, June 08, 2014

448. The Gate of Righteousness

As we wrap up our series on the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had just revealed something new to the Jewish audience to whom He was speaking. It was the righteousness of God - something they were not familiar with under the law of Moses. The way of works is broad and many will choose to go that way. But there is a narrow gate that was foretold the righteous would enter through. Christ Himself became that door through which we would enter. That day where our right-standing with God was purchased for us with blood is the day the Lord had made. Now we rejoice in that day.


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Sunday, June 01, 2014

447. Dear Israel: Seek and You Will Find

Seeking and finding. Finding what? Continuing with the message Jesus gave during the Sermon on the Mount, He told the Jewish people under the law to seek and they would find. Knock and it would be opened to them. Seek what? Prior to this He said to seek first the kingdom (Jesus Himself) and His righteousness. This was new to them. This would take away their right to judge others as they did under the law. They will find the right-standing with God they seek and the narrow gate of His righteousness would be opened to them when they knocked.


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Sunday, May 25, 2014

446. The Mount Message to Israel: Stop Trying!

We continue examining what Jesus spoke to the Jewish people under the law during the Sermon on the Mount. Again, many Christian teachings and doctrines have been erroneously established from these passages. So let's see what Jesus had to say about the Jews trying to establish their own righteousness compared to seeking God's righteousness. And what about the Lord's Prayer in this passage? Uh oh. Beware of sacred cow crossing ahead!


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Sunday, May 18, 2014

445. Jesus on the Mount: A Message for Jews or Gentiles?

It's commonly referred to as The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5-7. Why is it so important to know who was targeted in this message? Much of what Jesus said here is often applied as some sort of new covenant teaching for Christians. This week we take a closer look into who Jesus was speaking to and the context around the things He said. Are we running from the words of Jesus? Absolutely not. There was always a purpose for what Jesus said. But attempting to apply Old Covenant teachings about the Mosaic Law and turning them into a standard for Christian living does not bring people into the freedom that God intended.


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