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 February 26, 2017
“EATEN UP” WITH SPIRITUAL ZEAL
And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. John 2:17
When Jesus rid the temple of those using it for a market place,
the disciples remembered the statement found in the Psalms concerning one being eaten up or consumed with zeal for God’s house.
In Titus 2:12 Paul shows that Jesus redeemed and purified all believers so that they might be zealous for good works:
... who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
In Romans 12:11 Paul exhorts his readers to be "fervent in spirit." The C. B. Williams translation of the New Testament renders "fervent in spirit" as:
... always on fire with the Spirit ..."
This passage can refer to either the human spirit or the Holy Spirit. Even if Paul was referring to the human spirit, we still would understand that the zeal of the believer is not to be flesh-produced emotion—as some of us have witnessed at times in worship services.
Jesus must have had the Holy Spirit-produced zeal in mind with His analogy of those who “hunger and thirst” for righteousness. It is easy to visualize those who are hungering and thirsting as being “eaten up” or consumed with desire for food and water.
It is this type of desire that Jesus had for the purity of the temple. It is this type of desire we should have to be all God wants us to be and to do all God wants us to do.
It is possible that some of us can remember being “eaten up” with a desire to know and serve God, to see the lost come to Christ, to know the Scriptures, and to be filled with righteousness. But it’s only a memory. It is a thing of the past.
It is the Holy Spirit who causes us to be “eaten up” for the things of the Lord. Therefore we can have those desires again. Our need is to continue to receive the filling of the Holy Spirit.
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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