Gospel of Grace
June 08, 2015|Gospel of Grace
His case is so convincing, so true, that it is beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are guilty.
Once you surrender your life to Christ, from that point on, when God looks at you, he sees Jesus—not your past failures or even your accomplishments. He sees Jesus in you. God’s grace is just that amazing.
It seems too incredible to believe, doesn’t it? ...
June 04, 2015|Gospel of Grace
How God’s great grace blots out our sin.
Image: Derwin L. Gray
In Romans 1:28–32, Paul describes most of human history outside of Jesus. From envy and pride to disobedience and evil, we all struggle with these issues in ways large and small. You might be surprised how much. Take a moment of truth and watch the clip above as we ...
May 14, 2015|Gospel of Grace
Jesus can transform you through the power of his love.
Image: Brandon Robinson
Imagine a world where people are awakened to the beautiful reality of God’s grace, mercy, and love. Imagine that the grace of God has so transformed people like you and me that we love him with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. Through this love, we then care ...
April 30, 2015|Gospel of Grace
How to rejoice in our sufferings by relying on God.
In Romans 5:3-5, Paul says that we can rejoice in our sufferings because we are a people of hope: “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does ...
April 27, 2015|Gospel of Grace
Four reasons we can find hope in difficult circumstances.
Image: Erick Hodge
When we face challenges, our culture tells us to “take care of it yourself” or “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” But Jesus never intended for us to walk through difficult times alone. Christianity is not a faith of “I can do it” but ...
April 06, 2015|Gospel of Grace
In Christ, we become the very righteousness of God himself.
Image: Death to Stock & Erick Hodge
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21, NIV).
Jesus did so much more than forgive our sins. Jesus actually became our sin on the cross so we could become the very righteousness of ...
April 02, 2015|Gospel of Grace
A look at the unfair mathematics of grace.
Grace is not a theme of the Christian life. Grace is the Christian life because grace is Jesus himself. Jesus is full of grace and truth, and in him, we have received grace upon grace (see John 1:14; 16).
Grace is God the Father giving us Jesus as a gift. By faith, we are ...
December 22, 2014|Gospel of Grace
Lessons in grace from the prodigal’s brother.
Image: Brandon Robinson
The story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 is a familiar one to many Christians. There is much to learn about grace from the story of the son who rebels and returns. But, there is also a lot to learn from the one who stays behind.
Sadly, the older brother is just as far from ...
December 03, 2014|Gospel of Grace
What the incarnation means for you.
What does the word “incarnation” mean and how can it impact your life today? I share about this gospel truth in this short clip from a recent sermon. When Jesus puts on flesh, he becomes our representative to God the Father, like a team captain on the football field. ...
October 23, 2014|Gospel of Grace
God knows the best position for you to play in life.
Some years ago, when my son Jeremiah was seven, I coached his flag football team. One of his teammates was an adorable little guy named Max. Max is never going to be mistaken for the next “Mean Joe Green.”
Max is the kind of young man who, if an ambulance went ...
October 16, 2014|Gospel of Grace
Have we commercialized the Gospel, reducing its effectiveness?
Before hip-hop music became mega profitable as a musical genre, it had a prophetic edge that informed the world of the injustices that were happening in urban communities around the world.
I remember the first time I heard the group Public Enemy. I thought, “Do they ...