Special teaching on The New Covenant
* Can we experience the abiding life?
* What is the purpose of the law?
* What is the work of Christ in us today?
* What is the new covenant?
* Can I have assurance that I am forgiven and saved?
* The new covenant is God’s expression of love.
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* Yesterday we asked the question, “what does freedom look like in the midst of trials”. We continue to discuss that today.
* Will we, as Christians, see the Antichrist or will we be raptured before he comes on the scene?
* William shares, “…on the day I was born again, I left my [bad behavior] behind. But I’ve learned that’s not everyone’s experience.” * Is the Holy Spirit part of us once we are saved or only when we die?
* Randy shares how his ego ruled before his near fatal accident and was saved when his friends lifted him up in prayer and he came to know Jesus.
I’ve yet to meet a person who hasn’t experienced trials and tribulations. What does freedom look like in the midst of our trials? It allows us to trust the Lord. And allows us to answer the question, “Is Jesus enough?”. When we ask it, the Lord says “Yes”.
* Calvin says he’s like a tornado… he’s “all twisted up” in his struggle living the Christian life.
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* 1 Timothy 5:23 states, “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.” Is it OK to drink alcohol? * Who created evil? Is Satan a co-creator with God?
* Anthony calls to encourage Calvin in his walk.
The words in Galatians 1:3-5 “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” have relevance to us today. There is a contrast between us and the world. As we grow in Christ we can learn what this means. Counter to popular belief, the world is not getting better, but Jesus has rescued us and we have the privilege of sharing the good news. * Robert asks about Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist.
* We are freely given in Christ: redemption, justification, forgiveness, holiness, righteousness, sanctification, a new identity etc., so we can’t boast in our own works to earn these merits but boast in Him who gave it to us freely.
* William believes the condition of the world is directly related to the percentage of believers today.
We’re talking about our freedom in Christ. That’s what this message of the Gospel does. He has set us free to experience the new life He’s given us. In 1 Peter 2:16 we read: “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.” Freedom is stepping forward in this newness of life, learning to live as servants of God.
* Dorothy shares that she’s received $20 for her birthday and wants to use it for the ministry.
* Jesus came that we might have life. Many times we struggle with the finished work of Christ. In this New Covenant Christ is choosing to remember our sins no more. http://simplegospelsimplygrace.com
* Many people experience depression. All too often we’re told Christians should never be depressed. But the truth is many do. What are we to do? * What are the spiritual blessings talked about in Ephesians 1:3?
* Hector struggles with the decision to join a church or simply fellowship with other believers as he’d been doing.
* If conduct reflects faith and faith reflects repentance, is not biblical repentance viewed from either conduct or faith?
Serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in one command, to serve one another. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 This is what the Son of God did. He did not come to be served, but to serve. And that’s what we’re called to do.
* My husband is seeking a divorce and has turned violent. Is he too old and stubborn to be saved? * Do you think God gets tired of us being so dependent upon Him? * How you can become involved with the ministry of Basic Gospel. * Should we worship on Saturday or on Sunday?
How has the Gospel message renewed your mind? For me – when I came to Christ – I knew the Gospel as the forgiveness of sins. I lived that for 8 or 9 years and zero power to fight the temptations that came. I was in a cycle of messing up and asking God to forgive me again. Only when I learned that when I was dead in sin, God made me alive. We need life. And that life is in Christ.
* Is healing in the Bible physical or spiritual and how can I explain that to others?
* One of the first things Kenny learned was that God takes care of the sparrows and if He takes care of the sparrows, He will take care of him.
* When did Abraham see Jesus’ day? http://store.basicgospel.net/product/MITJW.html
* Wayne shares how the Gospel message allowed him to have a better relationship with his dad.
* Bob from Queens shares how God has revealed things to him at just the right time.