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Of Radical Grace, Hypocrisy and the Church

Episode 55: What is Radical Grace?

Jerry is our board opp. Jerry asked a question. Jerry wanted to know what Radical Grace is. We told him. His spiritual life imploded.

End of Story? We sometimes assume too much when we believe that people understand what we mean by Radical Grace, so I pointed Jerry and the listners to the end of Romans Chapter 5 and the beginning of Chapter 6.

We also talked about hypocrisy and how people use this as an excuse not to come to Church.

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Seek the Lord while He may be found.

Episode 54: The solution to Cheap Grace

In this edition of Radical Grace we continue a discussion of Isaiah 55:6, and more importantly a discussion of the solution to an attitude of treating God’s Grace as if it were a common thing.

It also looks like we’re going to tackle the often hard subject of “where is God when I’m suffering”.

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Cheap Grace

Episode 53: Can Christians truly abuse God’s Grace?

Is there really a problem with Cheap Grace these days? Pastor Greg Leseur of Christ Lutheran Church in Cape Canaveral joins us again as we look at the idea of Cheap Grace and talk about how this might be possible for Christians… if it’s possible at all.

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Trust God and Hang on Tight!

Episode 51: Sanctified: Set apart by God?

I heard something that said a lot to me this week. “Those who have learned to do good will do what they’ve learned to do. Those who have learned to do evil will do what they’ve learned to do. Those who have learned to obey will obey. Those who have learned to disobey will disobey. All of them need forgiveness”.

One of the most difficult things I had to learn after coming understand the Gospel and how it’s important in my life was to learn that no matter how good I get at obeying God’s law, I am still as much a sinner as I ever was. In fact, I read in the Bible that knowing the law actually makes the sin worse, and a lot of the time I see how much more sinful I really am just by trying to follow God’s law. It took a long time for me, in fact… it’s still taking a long time because I still don’t feel like I get this right. Sanctification would be easy if it really were only about changing the way I act or changing the way I behave. But it’s not easy at all, because it involves a problem I have in my heart. There’s something broken in me that’s just not responding to treatment. People around might say, “oh Matthew, your acting so much better this year than you did last year”, but to me I’m only going through the motions. It was hard to learn that this is how it is for a Christian.

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The Miracle of Suffering

Episode 50: “But first, I need to get right with God”…

I remember a while back, there was a man who lived in the apartment complex across the parking lot from me. He was once a Roman Catholic, long since “backslidden”, so to speak, not a practicing Catholic at all. I tried several times to get him to come to church, to bring his family. But every time he’d say, “No. First I gotta get right with God”.

Now what do you say to that? I have to admit, I didn’t know what to say to him. Even though I knew enough about the Bible back then to understand what Jesus had done for me, and I could speak plainly about all of things that had happened in my life and I could give a pretty good testimony, none of that could address what his problem was. He knew well what was wrong, that he was sinful, that he needed a savior, but he couldn’t get over this idea that he needed to get right with God before he could start going back to church.

Is he wrong?

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What does it mean to be sanctified?

Episode 49: Faint Praise? How do I make it better?

Last night I had a dream, and in the dream I said a prayer. Now, I have to say, I can’t remember ever dreaming about praying, but leaving that aside for the time being, the prayer went like this.

“Lord forgive me because this is going to sound like I’m offering you faint praise”

This made me realize something. One of the things that has been going on in my life for a long time now is that I’m realizing, more and more, how much of my prayer and praise life just doesn’t measure up to what it should be. For instance, I could get 100 people to plan the most fantastic worship service, write the finest music, find the finest pastors to preach the most enlightening sermons and organize and practice the service for weeks on end… and in the end, it still wouldn’t be what it should be or even enough to achieve the type of praise and worship that God truly deserves.

I think, too often in our own lives, that we find ourselves in a similar situation. We feel as though we aren’t what we ought to be. We definitely don’t feel like we’re children of God, nor do we feel like we have attained any kind of sanctified life or any level of holiness. But what I’ve found is good to do is to ask this question: What does it mean to be sanctified?

In the last few week’s we’ve been setting the table, so to speak, by taking a few of the parables of Jesus and other difficult passages and interpreting them in the light of the Gospel. We’re not leaving that behind by no means, but since the question has been asked, what does it mean to be sanctified, we believe we are now in a good position to talk about one of the most daunting and most perplexing problems Christians face daily.

What does it mean to be sanctified?

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Episode 48: How Much Glory is enough for God?

This time on Radical Grace we asked the question, “how much glory is enough for God?”, to which we reply, “all glory and honor and praise belong to Him”. Pretty simple? Well, some people say things like this: “My righteousness is about 55%, but Jesus thankfully makes up the difference”. Doesn’t that take away from the Glory that God deserves?

Also, we take another parable, the 10 Virgins in Luke Chapter 25, and look at it from a Law and Gospel perspective.

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The Lost Son

Episode 47: The Parable of the Prodigal Son

In this edition of Radical Grace, we spend some time with the parable of the Prodigal Son. This fascinating look at the parable is another exercise in dividing Law and Gospel and should not be missed.

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The Good Samaritan

Episode 46: “Unbelievable Power Cards”

This week on Radical Grace we talk about “Power Verses” as Evangelicals call them and look at how all too often people choose law verses rather than gospel verses. Also we take a look at the parable of the good Samaritan from a Law and Gospel perspective.

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The Rich Young Ruler

Episode 45: The Church and Falling Away

In this edition of Radical Grace, Pastor Gary, Troy Curtis and I are joined by Reverand Paul Espisito of First Baptist Church in Cocoa and General Manager of WWBC to discuss the topic of the Church falling away from the faith, and to discuss the narrative in Mark chapter ten concerning the Rich Young Ruler. This will be an ongoing segment where we tackle tough sections of scripture from a Law and Gospel perspective.

Pastor Paul literally ran from the room to get his bible just before the bible study portion… The man loves God’s word!

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