Works and Grace – Christians Living Better: Why Christians Should be Doers

“To do” or “not to do”? Sally is a zealous Christian who volunteers at the homeless shelter every week.  She visits the ill and writes books to help sexual abuse victims.  Sally reads the Bible and believes that putting it into practice is key. Sally’s friend from church, Jan, sees all the good deeds and active service that Sally does.  Instead of encouraging Sally and cheering her on, Jan gives Sally a hard time and tells her, “Why are you doing so much?  Take life easy, don’t worry about doing a thing”. … Read More

Did the pharisees get rebuked because they obeyed Christ’s teaching or because they disregarded it? Obedience vs. legalism in churches today

“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1) Mark 7 is just one of those chapters in the Bible that is simply fascinating.  Jesus was (and is) so witty how He knew just what to say and how to say it.  When He answers questions with questions, it is totally mind-boggling (Matthew 21:24).  Jesus, being one with God, is truly and infinitely intelligent and knows just what to say to every single person given the situation.  He speaks with mercy and compassion to His sheep (and potential sheep)… Read More

Is ‘Obedience’ the Same as ‘Works’?

Greek for works:  ergōn http://concordances.org/greek/2041.htm Greek for obey or keep:  peitharcheó, hupakouó, phulassó, etc. http://concordances.org/greek/3980.htm http://concordances.org/greek/5219.htm http://concordances.org/greek/5218.htm http://concordances.org/greek/5442.htm Greek for do, i.e., ‘be a doer’: poiétés http://concordances.org/greek/4163.htm (These lists are not complete, but will give you an idea). ——- God’s commands are not burdensome.  When we love someone as a Father it is not a task to obey at all. When many people think of the word “obey” they think bad thoughts.  But don’t you want your children to obey you?  When children obey us, they show by their listening and doing that they love us.  Did you… Read More

David Wilkerson sermon on John 8: Counterfeit Christians and loving the Word of God and sound doctrine

John 8 New King James Version (NKJV) 8 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Now early[a] in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught[b] in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded[c] us that such should be stoned.[d] But what do You say?”[e] 6 This they said, testing Him, that… Read More

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