Our special guest today is Pete Briscoe, Senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible in Carrollton, TX, as well as being part of Telling the Truth with his parents. Pete grew up in the message of grace and yet he had to come to his own grace awakening later in life. Grace teaches us that Christ is doing His work in and through us – it is not us doing the work for Him. All of us can relate to Pete’s story! Pete says “The church is magnificent – a great God idea.” The church is those who have the life of Christ coming together in community. The church’s true mission. is to take the message of Christ to the whole world. Pete is passionate about communicating the indwelling life of Christ. http://benttree.org/ and http://tellingthetruth.org
When you and I are born again Jesus lives through us by His Spirit. When Jesus died He ushered in the New Covenant. And we are children of the New Covenant. Hebrews 8:10-12 “This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord…” * The purpose of pastors, elders, and other leaders is to equip the saints to carry our the work of the ministry. * What would you say to those who say we need to keep the Old Testament law?
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