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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 June 17, 2018

IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME JESUS CAME

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5

When all of the circumstances were right, Jesus came to redeem us from being under the law. Later in the same chapter, Paul writes about two covenants. One of those is the covenant of law. He came to free us from that covenant that He might inaugurate a new covenant.

Hebrews 8:13 says, “In that He says, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.”

Paul writes in Galatians 4:22-31 that the old and new covenants are pictured in Hagar who gave birth to Ishmael and Sarah who gave birth to Isaac.

Hagar represents the old covenant that God had given the Jews at Mount Sinai. She was a slave woman and represents the slavery to the law of anyone who lives under the old covenant.

Sarah, a free woman, represents the new covenant Jesus came to establish. In Galatians 4:31, Paul writes, “… we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.”

In Galatians 5:1, Paul says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

Paul goes on to say in the following verses that if we insist on staying in the first covenant attempting to keep the laws in the flesh, we have fallen from grace. He does not mean we have lost our salvation. He means we could be living out of the resources of God and not our own if we would give up law-living and be led by the Spirit.

As long as we walk in the flesh, our self-confidence, we will walk in slavery. When we experience our oneness with Christ, we walk in the Spirit.

Meditation on these truths could add to a merry Christmas.


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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