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 January 8, 2017
GOD EXPRESSING RIGHTEOUSNESS THROUGH US
… [present] your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Romans 6:13c
This command is the last of the five commands of Romans 6:11-13 for living by grace.
The second of the five commands concerns our entire bodies while the third and fifth commands concern the individual parts of our bodies. We are not to yield the parts of our bodies to the control of our sin nature resulting in unrighteousness. We are to yield the parts of our bodies to the control of God resulting in righteousness.
There are two features to the righteousness of God—judgment of sin and acts of love.
Consider a few ways God can use the members of our bodies to express His righteousness.
Through our ability to hear the Holy Spirit can reveal a speaker’s needs—and may direct us to rebuke a sin or speak a strong word of encouragement. .
Through our sight God reveals physical, spiritual, and emotional conditions and leads us to expressions of His righteousness.
God can express His righteousness by leading us to use our arms and hands. We can hold a baby with gentleness and love. He can lead us to express sympathy and encouragement to some hurting person with a gentle touch. With our hands we can write a letter or meet some physical need.
Our legs and feet enable us to go to others and express the righteousness of God.
The part of our bodies God uses the most is our voices. At times He guides us to point out and rebuke sin.
More often than not, God leads us to express love, sympathy, and encouragement with our voices. He uses our voices to teach truth to those lacking in understanding.
Let us continually yield each part of our bodies to God. He will faithfully guide us to use them in expressing His righteousness.
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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