The 180 – Lesson 5

Today we look at the chapter The 180. This is a very personal chapter to me. I wrote about my father’s death. He died suddenly at home. Seeing him the casket just seemed so final and hopeless. Yet, just as dad went from life to death in an instant, when we believe in Jesus Christ we are changed in a heartbeat from death to life. A complete 180. To do a complete 180, we must look at the word repentance. It is the first time that we truly “fix our eyes on Jesus”. Repentance is centering our mind on Him and Him alone. It is taking my eyes off worldly effort and fixing them on Christ Jesus. Salvation is not a self-improvement program – it is moving from death to life. God gives us a brand new life – in Jesus. A perfect example is the life of Paul. His encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus turned Paul from unbelief – a complete 180-degree turn. Jesus’ love, grace and mercy turned this blasphemer into a preacher, changed an enemy into a friend, and transformed the “chief of sinners” into a saint. This is the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Eager to Do What is Good

We introduced you to our teacher yesterday, and that teacher is “grace”. It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions. That is so different that what the world teaches us. The grace of God teaches us to say “no” to sin. The law only shows us what sin is and then stirs up sinful desires. That’s why it’s so difficult to live under the law. Grace teaches us to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age.
* Ezekiel 11:19 “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” * Alicia “has seen the changes the Holy Spirit has made” in her. * Will there be salvation after the Rapture?

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Self Controlled, Upright, and Godly

Titus 2:11 – 13 “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ…” I can trust that the grace of God puts me in an active place of bearing fruit and equipping me for the future, preparing me for the Christian life. * How do I free myself of the fear of hurting others by my words? * Kathy asks for words of encouragement in her time of need. * Angela asks about Proverbs 19:19.
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Slaves to Righteousness

Romans 6:15 Paul asks the question: “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!” Righteousness is a heart that believes God. Our relationship with sin and death has been severed. We are now “set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” * If the Holy Spirit is withdrawn, how are people saved during the tribulation?
* My church teaches a mixed message of salvation. Saved by grace, but maintained by works. How can I know if it’s time to leave my church? * Join us in Israel –
* Why are so many offended when they see the cross?
* Stephen struggles with his friends now that he’s committed himself to the Lord.

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An Instrument of Righteousness

How do we live out this righteousness found in Christ? In Romans 6:12 – 14 we read: “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” * Brad makes the point that Christ wants to live in and through you. * Jose calls in “burned out” and looking for answers.
* Does Revelation 22:18 show that someone can lose their salvation?
* Is the Church Israel? Are all the promises to Israel fulfilled in the Body of Christ?

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First Things First – Lesson 4

Today we look at the importance of putting first things first. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the heart and soul of Christianity because it solves our deepest problem. A miracle of new life (resurrection) occurs every time someone turns to Christ by faith. That is the power of the gospel, the amazing grace of God pours out on those who look to him for life. To see change in behavior, we must first receive new life by believing in Jesus Christ. It is Christ in you, your hope of glory! (page 9)

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The Surpassing Worth of Christ

God shows us His favor by putting the righteousness of Christ into our account. Philippians 3:7 “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” Paul thought he was something — almost perfect under the law. But when he met Christ he put all that behind him and counted it all as rubbish. By grace we’ve been justified through faith in Jesus. * Frank calls to discuss justification and the reformation. * Join us in Israel
* How do we bear one another’s burdens?

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