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the book of Romans
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NOTE: As with all studies, use what study tools you can to rightly divide the Word. Be a Berean, & recognize that sometimes folks will disagree on what they think they see or know in the Scriptures. Use history. Use context. Use research. Answer the question Jesus asked the scholars of His day--"How do you read it?" Don't just take someone else's teaching as the final truth. Read the Word for yourself, pray for wisdom from above, & study to show yourself approved. editor
The Law of Grace and the Grace of the Law Lay Leader/Deacon Joshua Justice
The Law.... wasn't that just for Jews? Do we have some responsibility here? Aren't we free from the bondage of the law? Well... “Sort of…” and “Not really…” and “Why, yes, we are!” Did you know there is more than just one aspect to “the Law”? What do you mean…”The Law of Grace”, and just what is this “Grace of the Law” stuff? Listen as Lay Preacher and Deacon Joshua Justice untangles the misconceptions Christians and others often believe regarding a believer's faith and place in and under "the Law".
He loved us before we even knew Who He was... He loved us when we were sinners and blind to our own sin. He loved us when we became aware of Him but ran the other way... He loved us even when we resisted, fought back, or blamed Him for the consequences of our own choices! How deep is the Father's love for us! He created us for His glory, not our own. Our chief purpose is to learn of Him, realize His great heart for His creation, honor and glorify Him, love Him completely with all our heart, mind, and soul, and to realize we cannot spend eternity with Him without acknowledging our own lack of perfection and our "unholiness." He is a holy God Who by His very nature destroys sin in His presence, yet desires to have us in His presence and with Him. That can only be done through the pathway He provided through Jesus Christ ~ and that sacrifice is the eternal example, our gate, our hope, and the sharing of His extraordinary love!
Election. That's a dicey subject in the Christian community. Are some chosen before time and others condemned to hell before they even are? Or, is this something we earn and therefore can make it through the gates? What is 'election', who does the electing, and what does it mean for my life today? What does it mean to 'make my calling and election sure'? Listen as Elder Justice shares his heart about this particular mystery of the Christian faith. Election, our primary source of joy.
Romans 12 gives the believer a full explanation and clear picture of the attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics we should present as our heartfelt and humble response to the sacrifice of the Risen Lamb on the altar of the cross. His sacrifice broke forever the bondage of sin over man, and no further blood sacrifices need be made for any person, living or dead. We, however, have a responsibility to daily remember this eternal gift which we did not merit, but which Jesus freely gave. Jesus, our holy sacrifice, gave not because we are worthy, but because the Eternal Triune God loves us, for no other reason that He is love itself. To reject that love, that eternal sacrifice, is a choice we make to stay in the bondage of sin and to live in the flesh. However, for those who have come to the realization that we are freed from the control of our flesh and the enemy of our souls, this redemption of our lives from that control merits a humble and continual response of thanks and awareness. God calls us to a daily giving of our whole beings as we become changed, altered, and fully transformed into His image here on earth. The promise is that eventually we shall be like Him, but that happens when we immerse ourselves in His Word and rely on Him to change us from the inside out. It takes us being willing to study and apply daily the manual He has designed for us. Through dedication, separation to the ways and will of the Lord, and transformation by the renewing of our minds, we shall indeed an answer to Hosea’s prayer that all we say and do be wholly acceptable and pleasing to God and that we be a channel of love and light to all with whom we come in contact.