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Living by Grace

The starting point in this ministry is the life-changing book, Our Oneness With Christ.  This is a study in living by grace through faith. Not simply another book on the theme of "union with Christ" - it probes into new, fresh areas of thought and understanding of this grand theme. The basic sin problem is presented as one of a "know-it-all attitude." Coming to an understanding of our basic sin problem is one of the vital keys to a victorious Christian life!

"Living By Grace" draws upon the five imperatives (or 5 commands) listed in Romans 6:11-13.

Believe      Romans 6:11  -  Reckon (believe) yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Choose      Romans 6:12  -  Do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in its lust.

Choose      Romans 6:13a  -  Do not present your members (body) as instruments of  unrighteousness to sin.

Choose & Believe      Romans 6:13b  -  Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead.

Choose      Romans 6:13c  -  (Present) your members (body) as instruments of righteousness to God.


Devotional - Week of August 6, 2017

ENRICHING THE FELLOWSHIP

In Jesus’ great prayer in John 17, He prayed for His followers to be as one. Sadly, this is not always the case. Perhaps we can gain some insight from a study of the disciples of Jesus. Three times their fellowship was disturbed.

The first disturbance occurred as Jesus and His disciples were on their way to Capernaum. The disciples were arguing among themselves as to which one was the greatest. Jesus knew of the discussion and He told them that in the eyes of God greatness is in being a servant of others.

Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, "What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?" But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest.  Mark 9:33

Another break in their fellowship came when the mother of James and John asked Jesus if her sons could sit on His right hand and on His left hand in His Kingdom. Again, Jesus told His disciples that greatness is in serving others.

The most disturbing occasion of broken fellowship came at the establishment of the Lord's Supper. Luke 22:24 says:

Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.

Again, Jesus told them that in the Kingdom of God greatness is in serving others.

Changing from a desire to be great in the eyes of others to being a servant of others is easy to understand. But, it is not easy to do. However, God provides the way for this change to be made. First, we must understand that our know-it-all attitude, or our sin nature, causes our desire to be thought of as being great.

Our need is to experience our union with Christ. This makes our know-it-all attitude powerless and results in our being filled with the Holy Spirit. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, divine love fills us which results in a desire to serve others.

When believers experience these changes, contention disappears and fellowship is enriched.


An abridged version of Our Oneness With Christ is now available. Only 54 pages, yet it still clearly presents the full, life-changing message of living by grace.

 

Available in PDF format and Kindle Format! - link to Amazon.com

Available in Spanish

 

Our Oneness in Christ is now available in these translations:

UMOJAWETU  NA  KRISTO - Swahili

وحدتنا في المسيح - Arabic


Living the New Covenant

God spoke through Moses to tell the Israelites He would enter into a covenant with them. This was the First Covenant. At the first Lord's Supper, Jesus said  the cup was His Blood of the New Covenant. In Living the New Covenant, David Kuykendall examines the writings of Paul and the author of Hebrews to understand what these two covenants represent and how they affect the lives of Christians.

Available in PDF format and Kindle Format! - link to Amazon.com


Audio Files

Living By Grace - David teaches how to live by Grace.

Daily Experiencing the Abundant Life (in five parts)  - Part 1        Part 2        Part 3        Part 4        Part 5

Choices - God made choices and so do we. Listen to how choices affect us all and how we can make the right choices.

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