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.
1 Believe Romans 6:11 - Reckon (believe) yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Choose Romans 6:12 - Do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in its lust.
3 Choose Romans 6:13a - Do not present your members (body) as instruments of unrighteousness to sin.
4 Choose & Believe Romans 6:13b - Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead.
5 Choose Romans 6:13c - (Present) your members (body) as instruments of righteousness to God.
Devotional - Week of August 21, 2016
A CHURCH EQUIPPED FOR MINISTRY
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ … Ephesians 4:11-12
Ephesians 4:7-10 concerns believers’ gifts for ministry. Verse 11 concerns God’s gifts of church leaders who will prepare the members for the use of those gifts.
Present-day church life emphasizes almost entirely the last two leaders mentioned—“pastors and teachers.” Respected Bible scholars believe that the two words refer to one church leader with two functions. In that sense the terms should be seen to mean “pastors who are teachers” or “pastor-teachers.”
The pastor-teacher is God’s gift to the church to “equip the saints for the work of ministry.”
The pastor-teacher obviously prepares his members for ministry by teaching them the word of God.
Paul, though, must have had in mind an equipping truth that stood out above all others. In Galatians 1:15-16a he writes of how God prepared him to fulfill his calling of taking the Gospel of Jesus to the Gentiles. He writes:
But when it pleased God … to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles …
God equipped Paul for taking the Gospel of Jesus to the Gentiles by revealing to him that Christ lived in him. Paul’s writings indicate that the revelation included the truth that he was in Christ—and as a result he was also crucified, buried, and resurrected.
The revelation included the truth that Christ would live through him as he experienced his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.
Paul knew that the pastor-teacher must center his equipping ministry on teaching the believers to understand and experience their crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.
If the equipping ministry of the pastor-teacher is to be effective, the believers must respond to his teaching.
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 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.
Living By Grace - David teaches how to live by Grace.
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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