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.
 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

440. The Narrow Gate (Part 1)


Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate... For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." What comes to mind when you hear this? For many it will mean that we need to clean-up our lives and start doing the right stuff. But is this another one of those things Jesus said that is often taken out of context? It's interesting that Jesus said this near the end of His sermon on the mount. How does this compare in context to other things Jesus said regarding law and life? Listen in as we discuss the narrow gate and other words of Jesus as well.

In this podcast, we referenced a previous podcast episode that remains one of our most popular ones. It's entitled The Unattainable, Insurmountable, Unachievable Teachings of Jesus.



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Sunday, April 06, 2014

439. New & Improved Vs. Recreated


New life in Christ. We've become a brand new creation. What exactly does this mean for us? It's the reality in which we now live. Jesus actually became sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. You weren't just changed but rather you were recreated from nothing. The old life has passed away (died). Having passed from death to life, we can now experience freedom the way God meant for it to be.



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Sunday, March 30, 2014

438. A Gospel of Change or EXchange?


The great exchange. It may be a phrase you've heard in Christian circles. But it's astonishing to find out how little is known about the exchanged life even by believers in Christ. Religion will gradually attempt to get the focus of the Christian life on you and your efforts for God. But we are reminded throughout scripture that your old life and sinful nature was replaced (exchanged) with His life and a nature of divine righteousness. Often change can be good, but the focus of the gospel for us should not be about our changed behavior, but the reconciliation that came as a gift.



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Sunday, March 23, 2014

437. Crossing the (220) Line: Connecting to His Life in You


Electricians install 220 lines to connect to the source of power. As believers we have a 220 line that summarizes the Christian life for us in just a few words. Galatians 2:20: "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me." Paul also stated in verses 19 and 21 that we died to the law that we might live to God... And if right-standing with God comes through the works of the law then Christ died for nothing. Enjoying the benefits of this new life means not only knowing what you've been delivered from but what you were delivered into.



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Sunday, March 16, 2014

436. Paul: From Law Man to Freedom Fighter


Looking at the first couple chapters in Galatians, the apostle Paul begins to address how he came to learn the gospel by revelation from the Lord. He confronts those who would contradict this gospel by having people believe the law of Moses was still needed in addition to belief in Jesus Christ. The Jews had now been freed from the law. The Gentiles had never been under it. Paul begins to show why he had to die to the very thing he once believed in the most.



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Sunday, March 09, 2014

435. Avoiding Religious Regulations


This week we find ourselves jumping into a spontaneous discussion about some religious mindsets people have and the things they feel the need to do. Often it's human-based traditions that are the foundation that leads people into this bondage. Where do many of them come from? Usually it's a variation of the Old Covenant that the Jewish people were under. An obsolete covenant that has been replaced with a brand new one that brings freedom to Jews and Gentiles alike.



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Sunday, March 02, 2014

434. Caught in the Act: Mercy Vs. Law


We take a closer look into the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery. When the accusers pointed to the Mosaic law to demand justice, Jesus showed them that the law with which they tried to condemn her also did the same to them. The law had brought condemnation and death to the Jewish people for centuries. Yet with no attempt on her part, this woman was able to experience a taste of mercy from her Creator that would soon be the norm as the New Covenant was established.



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Sunday, February 23, 2014

433. Altering the Religious Altar Call


Modern day Christianity is well known for something often referred to as the altar call: The attempt to get people to come forward and respond to whatever ministry message was given. It's not unusual to see methods of motivation used that lead to guilt and condemnation in getting the response. We have another idea. Let's throw out the performance-based legalistic stuff and reconsider the motivation that will allow people to respond to God in a different light.



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Sunday, February 16, 2014

432. Repenting About Repentance


Repent! Think you know what it means? Think again. Jesus began His ministry by telling the Jewish people to "repent and believe the good news." Who were these folks? They were people under the Old Covenant who constantly worked, struggled and strived to follow hundreds of religious rules and commands on a daily basis. This "old-time religion" where people worked to establish their own righteousness was not good news. Repentance is not an attempt to avoid sin and behave properly, but rather it's a call to think and have a change of mind. A renewing of the mind about God and how He would deal with sin through a new covenant and the blood of His son, Jesus Christ.



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Sunday, February 09, 2014

431. Devoting Yourself to God?


Sometimes in the effort to demonstrate a love for God, people will feel the need to exercise some sort of outward devotion or dedication. It can involve time and neglect of the body, and lead to false humility. Often the purpose for this is to reassure themselves that they really do have a love for the Lord. It's an effort to show God and others that the "proof is in the pudding."

But like so many other things about the Christian life, we can easily get it backwards. Realizing first that it was God who did the demonstrating of His love for us and has declared devotion to us. Real devotion to God will occur not from our desire to show it but from discovering blessing has been given to us while we were unworthy and void of any devotion. It's simply a willing response to a love without condition.



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