Sunday, March 29, 2015

490. The Sermon: Why Jesus Taught the Law

The Jews pursued their own attempt at the law of righteousness, but were unable to attain it because they did not pursue it by faith. The Mosaic Law that was given to Israel had a purpose – it was to demonstrate their inability to keep it. During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is having an Old Covenant conversation with the people of Israel and showing them what the law was intended to do ever since it was agreed upon. It was meant to bring guilt, hopelessness and despair, and it was all by design.


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

489. Guest Andrew Farley: Your Identity

Best-selling author and speaker Dr. Andrew Farley joins us for the third and final week, discussing who you are in Christ. We often hear about how Jesus died for us, but it seems we seldom hear about how we also died with Him. We are spiritual beings who also have a soul and a body. We had a heart transplant, having been made brand new through birth. Although there is a growth process with the renewing of the mind and behavioral changes, this is not to be confused with how you are identified as a new creation. Andrew also address the question about whether or not we possess two natures.

Check out more on Andrew Farley at andrewfarley.org and churchwithoutreligion.com.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

488. Guest Andrew Farley: Works (Law) or Grace (Jesus)

In Part #2 of 3 with best-selling author and speaker, Dr. Andrew Farley, we take a look at why the law was never meant to be something applied in the life of a Christian under the New Covenant. We'll discuss The Ten Commandments, accusations of disrespecting the law, establishing the law, and how do we live if it's not by those rules. Finally, we'll discuss the subject found in the book of James, where faith without works is dead. If you've been searching for freedom, look no further.

Check out more on Andrew Farley at andrewfarley.org and churchwithoutreligion.com.

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

487. Guest Andrew Farley: Forgiveness

This is Part #1 of 3 with our special guest Andrew Farley. Andrew discusses how the finished work of Christ has made forgiveness complete in Him. Has forgiveness been provided for all sins - past, present and future? Are we in a blood based economy or an apology based economy? Can a person lose their salvation? What about confession of sin? Is it good, bad and is it necessary for forgiveness? A lot of good news has been packed into this week's program!

Check out more on Andrew Farley at andrewfarley.org and churchwithoutreligion.com.

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

486. You Are Not the Salt of the Earth

Jesus made the statement -- "You are the salt of the earth..."

It's important for us to gain understanding as to whom Jesus was speaking and what He was saying. We often apply these things to us as Christians today, but He was speaking to Israel here and throughout this teaching. His Jewish audience understood the connection between salt and covenant, also known as the covenant of salt. When the salt becomes tasteless, it's not good for anything except to be thrown out. It would be the (old) covenant that needed to be put away, not the people.

Check it out! --- After this podcast we'll be taking a break from the usual "Mike and Joel" only, and we've invited Andrew Farley (author of The Naked Gospel, God Without Religion, Relaxing With God, and various other books) to be our guest on the podcast! He'll be joining us for the next three weeks on Growing in Grace!


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

485. They Did Not Receive the Promise

The writer of Hebrews spent nearly the entire book comparing the former covenant to the New Covenant. Chapter 11 is sometimes referred to as the hall of faith as it reflects on well-known people from the Old Testament. The subject of faith wasn't a new topic from the writer, but was the result of what was said in the ten chapters leading up to it. Though these elders had gained approval and saw tremendous acts occur from God through faith, they did not receive what was promised. Christ is that promise that we've obtained in the New Covenant. He is the very substance of what was hoped for and provided something better for us with His perfection.


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Sunday, February 15, 2015

484. Comparing the Copy to the Original

In the world of art, it is the original that has substantial value when compared to a mere copy. When it comes to the New Covenant found in Christ, He is the original. Jesus is the substance, while the law contained in the Old Covenant was only a shadow of that substance. The shadow was useless and ineffective and was unable to deliver us into perfection.


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Sunday, February 08, 2015

483. Celebrating 10 Years of Growing in Grace!

Wow! How did we get here?! As coworkers at a Christian radio station 20 years ago, Mike and Joel began talking "grace" with each other in countless private conversations. Then ten years ago they began to let you in on their chats. This week marks a full decade of those weekly chats in the form of the Growing in Grace podcast!

To celebrate, we asked you to send us your comments about Growing in Grace, and your comments are the highlight of this episode! (Which is why this episode is a bit longer than usual.) But first, we share a little bit about how our weekly podcast came about. With God leading us in this, it's truly been our joy and honor to bring you the Growing in Grace podcast every week for 10 years. Thanks so much for being a part of this fantastic journey with us!


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Sunday, February 01, 2015

482. The Old Commands - Weak and Useless

As Gentiles who were never under the former covenant and the Mosaic law, why would we want to try to apply portions of it to our new life in Christ? The Old was weak, useless, unprofitable and had been put away to be replaced with something better. Mixing them brings confusion and condemnation. There was a change of priesthood which resulted in a change of law, so let's get some fresh perspectives on why we should avoid combining them, as though they were one covenant.


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

481. You Are Not a Witness

Religion has taught us that we are defined as witnesses for Jesus. Sometimes we'll even encourage each other to "go out witnessing." That's a phrase not found in the Bible. References to witnesses in scripture are actual eye-witnesses who were with Jesus after His resurrection. Not all people saw Him, but there were witnesses who were chosen that did. Jesus had witnesses, but they were not us. Being a witness is not part of our identity in Christ, and we shouldn't feel guilt or discouragement when we feel as though we're not effectively performing the act of "witnessing." We can still freely proclaim the message of the good news to others, but it will be from a perspective of love, not duty or obligation.

We want to hear from you! In just two weeks we'll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Growing in Grace podcast! Would you be willing to record an audio or video greeting for us (or write us a quick note), that we might include on our special 10th anniversary podcast? If so, details on how to send it to us are here. Thanks!


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