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 March 19, 2017
FORGETTING THE PAST
Brethren, … one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind … I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
In Philippians 3:13 Paul indicates that he has reduced his desire in life to one thing. In Philippians 3:10-11 he expresses that desire. It is living continually in the heavenlies. In Philippians 3:14 Paul describes living in the heavenlies as “the prize of the upward call.”
In Philippians 3:13 Paul indicates that in order to realize his desire he must forget the things of the past.
Paul is not thinking of the thoughts and actions of the past being erased from his memory. He is thinking of forgetting in the sense of not permitting the past to hinder his spiritual desire to live in the heavenlies.
While there may be a number of things in our memory about the past that could hinder our spiritual growth, two things seem to be the most prevalent.
One hindrance is for past spiritual successes to so fill our minds that we lose the desire for possible spiritual growth in the present and in the future.
Perhaps a more devastating hindrance to our spiritual growth is continual thoughts of foolish and sinful things from our past days.
Suppose someone goes to a friend or family member with a deep sense of regret and repentance for some sin against that person. Then the offended one says, “I accept your apology. Now forget it.” He is not saying the sinful acts should be erased from memory. He is saying, “Your sinful act will in no way affect our relationship.”
When we confess our sins to God, He forgives us. And He does not want our sins and foolish acts of the past to hinder our spiritual growth now or in the present and future.
In fact, God can use spiritual failures of our past to reveal to us our need to change and to increase our passion for spiritual growth in the present and future.
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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