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KCP #24 pt. 1: Saving Grace

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Saving Grace
First of all, let’s look at saving grace. First, know that it is God who initiates salvation, not us. God is the author of our salvation and thus he is the author of grace. In Ephesians 2: 4-9, we see that grace works in our salvation. It is through grace, God’s gift to us, that salvation begins. 1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,  2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,  3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),  6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly plac…

What do we mean by GRACE? KWS #24

Key Word Study #24: GRACE Acts 15:1-11
   Between the two key words of Division and Unity (key words 22 and 25), there are two other key words: Humility (key word 23) and this key word study of Grace.
What do we mean by grace? In Acts 15:11, we see the word “grace” as is most commonly thought of as far as theological terms go and that is our saving grace. “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they,” Peter boldly proclaimed to those who were wanting to put the yoke and bondage of legalism on the new Gentile believers.
When we talk about the church, we should definitely address Grace as a key word, as it has several different applications to the word. We’ve already discussed earlier about salvational grace and that is what is being addressed in verse 11. But have your really paid much attention to the way that Paul starts off almost every epistle he sent?
“Grace to You and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…

Fulfilling Simeon's Prophecy (KWS#22)

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Key Word Study #22: Division Acts Chapter 13:44-14:6 Last night and tonight’s “What Sweeter Music” performance features the man Simeon, played by Evan Hodson. Simeon in Luke 2 quotes the same passage from Isaiah that Paul and Barnabas quote in Acts 13, the first fulfillment of Isaiah’s (and Simeon’s) prophecy . What does light do? It divides the seen from the unseen. It separates darkness from brightness. Oftentimes, we believe that if we do everything properly, the end result will be unity, harmony and peace. However, today’s passage shows the opposite is true. Instead of unity, Paul frequently brought division. Jesus also said that would be the outcome of His ministry: “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.” (Luke 12:51) Read Acts 13:44-14:6. (By the way, many LifeGroups are going through the study of the book of Acts. If you are not in a LifeGroup, find one that suits you and join it.) 44 On the next Sabbath almost the whol…

Key Word Study #23: HUMILITY

Key Word Study: HUMILITY Acts Chapter 14:7-28           Have you ever thought you could never serve God because of your own limitations and failures? After seeing the miracle of healing a lame man, the people began to call Paul and Barnabas gods!           In the midst of an almost laughable situation in Lystra, Paul says something verse profound and serious in verse 15. “We are men with the same nature as you.” Isn’t it reassuring that Paul and Barnabas were human beings just like us, with the same sinful nature? It doesn’t take long to see that Peter, Paul, even kind-hearted Barnabas have feet of clay.      If you could meet them, they probably wouldn’t impress you that much and Paul even admits that is what people said about him. In 2 Corinthians 10:10, Paul wrote: “For some say, ‘Don’t worry about Paul. His letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are really bad!’”      The person God uses is the person who uses God through his or her own short-f…

Key Word Study #26: Encouragement

Acts 13: 15-31 Do you ever wish you lived home, home on the range? You know, where the deer and the antelope play.           It’s the next line of the song I am driving at, “Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word.” Unfortunately, we don’t live on a range. Antelope are never seen playing with deer (in fact, antelope are not even native in America). Skies often get cloudy.          And we hear way, way too many words of discouragement.          In Act 13:15 is one of my favorite passages, “If you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it!”           We need to resist the urge to be critical of everything that doesn’t suit us. We should always seek to speak words of exhortation and encouragement. If we have to be critical, find something positive and say it first. Edification means to build people up, not putting people down.           Have you been known to vent? A vent is generally known for being full of hot air! There are people we sometimes avoid because if they see so…

Commissioned

Key Word Study: Commissioned Acts Chapter 12:25-13:43
          Read Acts 12:25-13:3 and write some reasons below why it is important to commission mission groups and why churches should pray specifically for God’s Spirit to send the groups out.           Laying on of hands is a symbolic yet extremely meaningful act of asking God to pour out His blessings. It represents the act of praying for those commissioned to the task of ministry.           Read Matthew 19: 13-15- - 13Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.            Also Acts 6:6- - These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them.           2Timothy 1:6-7- - 6This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you …

Humility

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The mightiest tree stands only because of its roots. Satan sprang forth from the roots of self-exaltation. Christ is the entirety of God, clothed in the humility of humanity. Jesus willingly embraced the humiliation of being born impoverished in a manger stall and dying naked on a cursed tree.
    Jesus did not suffer from a low self-esteem image. He willingly suffered in no self-supreme image. He willingly chose to lower Himself from His exalted essence.  Satan sought to ascend, unaware of who he was. Jesus chose to descend, fully knowing who He was.
    The Christian tree is firmly embedded in the humblest nature. When we wander from the roots of Christ’s humility, we will waver like a tree severed from its roots. We may seem to tower but soon the winds of the world will blow and we shall surely come crashing down.