Sunday, April 19, 2015

493. What the Law Could Not Do, God Did

While religion has touted a list of rules and regulations as a way to attain life and acceptance from God, we can see how His righteousness would be revealed through a different source. The requirement of the Mosaic Law would be fulfilled in us through the finished work of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:1-5). Even Gentiles who were not pursuing righteousness attained it by faith, apart from works and we can now walk according to the Spirit instead of carrying out the desire of the flesh. When we're led by the Spirit, we're not under the law.


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

492. The Curse of the Law Package

Religion will tout we need to have a balance between law and grace. The problem with thinking this way is that we can't have it both ways. The Old Covenant required people to perfectly follow all the rules and commands that came as one package. Under the Mosaic Law, mankind was not given the luxury to pick and choose which rules to follow and which can be tossed aside. We've all been freed from the curse of that law and translated into the ministry of the Spirit, with a new and better covenant where God remembers our sins no more.


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Sunday, April 05, 2015

491. Jesus Ministering Condemnation

The Mosaic law was a good thing. Why? It was given to show the people of Israel the impossible standard of perfection that would be required. It was meant to bring guilt and despair in order to point the people to the solution – faith in Jesus Christ. When Jesus came to earth, born under the law, He came to redeem those who were under the law. Jesus would sometimes minister the burden of the law to bring people to a place where they would begin to seek God's righteousness, instead of trying to establish their own through the works of that law.


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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!

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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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