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, 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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Sunday, August 10, 2014

457. What Must We Do?

Is grace through faith enough? Is there something we need to add to it, and specifically what is it? People like to feel they are contributing something to the cause and can appear to be offended when it is suggested that what Jesus did was completely sufficient. So let's have a conversation about our role in regards to the Christian life.


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Sunday, August 03, 2014

456. Already Sanctified

Confusion between the two covenants has led to confusion on other popular topics of Bible discussion. Misunderstandings about the ministry of Jesus, repentance and sanctification have caused people to be drawn into Old Covenant practices, which places them back under various types of legalism. It's important that we realize we have been gifted with sanctification (set apart) through the work of Christ at the cross and not through our self effort.


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

455. Looking for Answers

No doubt you've run into passages in the Bible that had you wondering exactly what they meant. During those times that we are searching the scriptures for answers to our questions, having a good foundational understanding of the gospel and knowing the differences between the Old and New Covenant will help. It's easy to get confused with all the different viewpoints and opinions being discussed or when we run across scripture that seems to contradict another passage. We offer some perspective on how to avoid getting mixed up.


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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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