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, 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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Sunday, July 13, 2014

453. Who Is the Good Samaritan?

The parable of The Good Samaritan has often been taught from the perspective that we should show mercy to others and be good to our neighbors. That is something that should be encouraged. However, that is not what the parable is about. Jesus is not answering a question about how to treat our neighbor. Rather, a lawyer is asking a question about how to inherit eternal life, and in doing so he is trying to justify himself through keeping the law. By trying to take on the role of The Good Samaritan, we have unknowingly encouraged people to "go and do likewise." That is, to try to justify themselves instead of trusting in Christ.


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Sunday, July 06, 2014

452. Introduction to The Good Samaritan

One of the more popular parables Jesus shared was the story known as The Good Samaritan. This week we focus on a conversation between Jesus and a lawyer who had tried to trap Jesus into saying something against the law. His question was about how to inherit eternal life. It's another case of asking a law-based question and receiving a law-based answer. The lawyer asked yet another question as he was seeking to justify himself, and so it is this exchange between him and Jesus that inspires the parable. This lays the ground work for the parable which we'll dive into on next week's podcast.


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

451. Life, Love and Liberty

We focus on the love of God this week, and the life that we have in Him. It freely brought mercy and righteousness apart from anything we could do to try to establish ourselves before God. Where the commands of the law ministered guilt and and put our weaknesses on display, grace delivered us from that. We'll look at a couple of instances that contrast Jesus ministering law while at other times reaching out with with mercy and compassion to those in need.


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

450. The Contrast of Law and Grace

John's gospel states that the law came through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. The law did not bring the Jewish people grace and truth. It could not impart life. Whether Jew or Gentile, understanding the purpose of the law will help free us into experiencing the life of Christ from within. Jesus didn't come to empower us to live the law. Rather, He fulfilled it for us. We now have a wedded relationship with Him, not based on a marriage license, but rooted in unconditional love.

In this podcast, Joel mentioned the following:

The ministry and fruit of the of the law included:

It made people guilty (Rom 3:19)
It condemned (2 Cor 3:9)
It imputed sin to man (Rom 5:13)
Through it, sin abounded (Rom 5:20)
It brought death (Rom 7:9-11)
It was against us and contrary to us (Col 2:14)
It was enmity with us (Eph 2:15)

All of the following is true of the Law AFTER the cross:

It was wiped out, taken out of the way and nailed to the cross (Col 2:14)
It was abolished (Eph 2:15)
It was put to death (Eph 2:16)
It was annulled (Heb 7:18)
It was made obsolete (Heb 8:13)

The law's job had been completed. The law "was added because of transgressions, *till* the Seed should come to whom the promise was made…" (Gal 3:19).


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Sunday, June 15, 2014

449. Gospel: Right-Standing With God Apart from Works

The word "gospel" is something we hear frequently, but just exactly what is it? While it may mean different things to different people, there is a foundational cornerstone that was revealed in the good news. It was the righteousness of God, something the Jewish people were not familiar with. This righteousness was made known apart from the works of the law as a gift. We attain the gift by faith in what Jesus Christ did on our behalf.


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