We’ve defined the church as the people of God who have been baptized in the body of Christ by the Spirit. The body of Christ is also defined by the New Covenant and in this corporate body we really get the picture of the church. * I tell believers they can’t lose their salvation. They have to believe that Jesus alone can save them. Am I on the right track? * Please explain 1 Corinthians 9:27 “No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” * Is there anything Biblical about “holy laughter”? * Is Jesus just an angel? * Are the Old Testament saints in the Book of Life?
John Lynch, teaching pastor at Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix AZ, joins us today on the broadcast. John is one of the most engaging speakers on the planet and is the author of a powerful book, On My Worst Day. John relates how the grace of God became a reality in his life as, years ago, he began to teach through Ephesians. He realized that his moralistic theology would not be able to explain the truths of the first 3 chapters. He felt safe enough in his church community to explore what he really believed and to let the truths of grace, identity in Christ and New Covenant belief bring him into a new understanding. Far from perfect people in a perfect building, John believes that the true church is open, welcoming, and transparent in the disappointment, failures and messiness we all experience.
In this special teaching edition of Basic Gospel, Bob Christopher and the team take a look at “unity”. We all have unity of the Spirit through our salvation. Everyone is saved in the same way – at a point in time we crossed over from death to life. This was accomplished by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead also raised us from the dead spiritually. That is the unifying truth that Paul encourages us to hold on to in his letter to the Ephesians. God has equipped the body – the church – with certain gifts to bring us into unity with each other. Let go of any church “baggage” and embrace the true meaning of being a member of the body of Christ.
We all want to to church better. But the reality is the church is made up of imperfect people. So how do we do church in the midst of our imperfections. How do we deal with church discipline? If God is disciplining us as children should we also listen to the Holy Spirit when it comes to others? Let’s look at Galatians 6:1-5 “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently…” * Gil calls to encourage us with Matthew 5:16 “…let your light shine before others…” * Does grace transform us? Isn’t that what James meant by “faith without works is dead”? *My friend is struggling with giving at our church. How can I help her understand true giving? * Please explain Matthew 11:12 “…the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it…”.
It’s such good news… the fact that Jesus Christ is alive. As believers we have a couple of ways to celebrate that. Baptism-a celebration of the day when we came to Christ and the Lord’s Supper. We celebrate many different ways. But what does the Word of God have to say about it? * How should a Christian service be held? How would would Paul worship? * What did the early church do? * How do we answer the question, “how do you know Jesus is God”? * What happens to those who are of different faiths? * Please help me understand what Hebrews 6:1-2 mean. “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity…” Get your free copy of ‘Love is…’ Kindle edition http://loveisbook.net through Oct. 18 2014
The church is an assembly of believers. We’ve been called out by Jesus Christ into a single body… the assembling together by one spirit into one body. We all serve different purposes, but when we do this together in unity, compelled by the love of Christ, we see the body expressing love to the world at large. Our expression of love is testimony to the world that Jesus is real. * Can you explain new wine and old wine skins? * Do you believe the original manuscripts of God’s Word were inspired by God? * Lee shares his journey to grace after years of being away from God.
Today Richard welcomes Jason Hillier, his son-in-law and the Next Steps Director at Valley Creek Church in Flower Mound, TX – http://valleycreek.org/ Jason shares how he came to know Christ and his journey to fully embrace the grace of God. He describes his salvation experience as more of a sunrise than a lightning bolt – it took years to really understand what it meant. Jason and the church leadership are passionate about communicating who we are in Christ. He says, “God the Father is very pleased with you.” He also says, “If we can help people learn that they are truly in Christ and that when God looks at them He sees Jesus, their lives will be radically changed.” As director of Next Steps, Jason says “What we teach in our new believer’s class is that it’s not a matter of a bad person becoming good, rather it’s a dead person becoming alive.”