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, 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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Sunday, September 21, 2014

463. The Gospel Message

The gospel message... It's a phrase that can be taken for granted. It's also a message that can be often misunderstood. As we look for opportunities to share this message, it's always good to remind ourselves what it is that we want to communicate, so people can grasp it. While people may need to come to the realization they had been declared guilty because of sin, they can be free from that state of condemnation because of what God did through Jesus Christ. What is that? He condemned sin and opened the gate wide for us to enter into His perfect love.


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

462. Law Abolished? (Part 2)

We continue our discussion from last week as to whether the law was abolished. Has the Mosaic law died and has it been completely destroyed, or does it still live to serve a purpose? Over the years we've spent a lot of time talking about how we as believers have no relationship to the law, but this podcast (and part 1) is a bit different because we consider two different perspectives.


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Sunday, September 07, 2014

461. Law Abolished? (Two Viewpoints)

Was the Mosaic law really destroyed and abolished? The most important thing for us to realize is that we are dead to the law and that it has no place in the life of a righteous believer in Christ. But this week we approach the subject of whether the law was abolished or whether it is something else that was killed. Since Kap and Breeze are looking at this from different perspectives, will a referee be needed?


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

460. Establish the Law?

Those entrapped with a legalistic mindset have been known to proclaim that we are supposed to be trying to "establish the law," referring to the Mosaic commandments. They attempt to make the case for this by referring to a verse in Chapter 3 of Romans. But what did the Apostle Paul say before this verse and just as importantly, what was said after it? The way we establish the law is not to live by it, but to proclaim the promise of righteousness by faith apart from works. So we don't nullify the law by proclaiming the promise, but the promise is nullified by trying to keep the law.


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

459. Fallen From Grace (Into What?)

The term "fallen from grace" usually triggers the thought process of someone that has gone from living a life of righteousness and purity and falling into some sort of terrible sin. Paul uses the phrase fallen from grace when writing to the Gentile believers in the book of Galatians. What is he scolding them about? What is it that they have "fallen" into that Paul said they should avoid? It's not the act of sinning, but something that many Christians have pursued who thought it would help them, when it actually did the opposite.


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

458. Multiple Choice: Grace or Law

The Jewish people had a relationship to the Law of Moses prior to the New Covenant being established. We who are Gentiles had never been under that law. Yet even in the early church there were Jewish believers in Christ who felt they were still meant to keep the law and to have Gentiles do the same. Paul and others were making the case to the church in Jerusalem that this is a burden that should no longer be carried. Why? That's our discussion this week.


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