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||Everyday Grace||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington August 23, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians Everyday Grace Romans 12:9-21 Blessed People Bless People GRACIOUS GRACE The New Testament word for “grace” is derived from a root word that means to give joy, pleasure or delight. It is a root word that refers to general well-being. God’s grace is on display through His saving, atoning work in Christ. God’s grace is at work in us as believers to transform us into Christ-likeness. Text: Romans 12:9-21 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. God’s grace is to flow through us in our everyday lives! Sincere love is on display through our everyday actions in our relationships with fellow believers. God’s grace flowing through us is a very practical reality. God’s grace enables us to be reconciled to our circumstances. God’s grace enables us to be at peace even when we are mistreated. Get mad. Don’t stay mad. And – don’t get even! Show grace!||8/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Transforming Power of Grace||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington August 9, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians The Transforming Power of Grace Romans 6:1-23 Blessed People Bless People GRACIOUS Text: Romans 6:11-14 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. JUSTIFICATION – The grace of God at work in our lives to remove the penalty of sin. CHALLENGE – In our earthly life, we will always have to deal with the presence of sin. SANCTIFICATION – The grace of God at work in our lives to overcome the power of sin. God has made His grace available to the believer to live obedient, vital and purposeful lives. We must appropriate God’s grace in our battles with sin and the enemy. What is at stake? God has designed us to be useful instruments for His glory. He wants to use us in His work. God’s grace is at work in us in every aspect of salvation.||8/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Keep Up the Pace!||Keep Up the Pace! Hebrews 12-13 STRONG FINISH! THEREFORE! (continued) KEEP UP THE PACE! -Inspired by truth and examples -Remove all hindrances -Perseverance -Acceptance -Fixed on Jesus -Don’t lose heart God is a loving Father. Don’t miss the grace of God! God of Grace and God of Glory Calling to live in community with God’s people INFORMED AND INSPIRED!||8/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Let’s Hold On to What Matters!||Let’s Hold On to What Matters! Hebrews 10-11 THEREFORE! We have access to the Holy of Holies! The sacrifice of Jesus has paved the way for us. LET US DRAW NEAR TO GOD! -With a sincere heart -With full assurance -Cleansed from a guilty conscience -Our bodies cleansed LET US HOLD ON TO OUR HOPE! -God can be trusted! LET US ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER! -We have to consider each other -We admit our need for each other LET US PERSEVERE IN OUR FAITH! Faith is absolutely essential for God’s people. The great family photo album of faith Commended for faith The Sacramental Journey -Orientation -Invitation -Identification -Destinyation -Navigation||8/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||We Need a Great High Priest!||We Need a Great High Priest! Hebrews 3-10 BACKGROUND -Heritage of the High Priest in the religious life of Israel THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST Faithfulness of Jesus, Son of God (3:1-6) -As the Son of God, Jesus is greater than the servant Moses! Jesus was appointed as High Priest -He is the Great High Priest -He is greater than Melchizedek The Need for a New High Priest (7:11-19) The Priestly Ministry of Jesus is superior (8:1-13) The New Covenant is superior to the Old Covenant (8-9) The High Priest Himself made the perfect and eternal sacrifice! Exhortation: -Don’t turn away from God’s invitation! (3:7-19) -Don’t miss out on the Sabbath-rest from God (4:1-13) -Don’t fall away (5:11-6:20) We have a Great High Priest! He escorts us into the very presence of God, seated on the Throne of Grace!||8/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||God Truly Did Become Human!||God Truly Did Become Human! Hebrews 1-2 INTRODUCTORY ISSUES Historical Setting of Hebrews -Jewish and Greek Influences -Suggested Date of Hebrews – mid-60’s AD Authorship -Immersed in Old Testament -Education -Pastoral Key to Interpretation -Sermonic Form of Hebrews: This book is essentially a sermon. It moves from exposition of truth to exhortation in application. It Informs and Inspires! MAJESTY OF THE INCARNATION God is a Communicator! At the heart of His self-revelation is His Word. Dynamic Connection between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant The Son is the radiance/reflection of God’s Glory! The Son bears the Image (Greek – charakter) of God! Superiority of the Son -Psalm 2:7; 2 Samuel 7:14; Psalm 97:7; 104:4; 45:6-7; 102:25-27; 110:1 -Theme of Hebrews is the Superiority of the Son. He is “greater than” the prophets (1:1-4), angels (1:4-14), Moses (3:1-6), the High Priests of Israel (5:1-10), etc. Eternal Reign of the Son Submission of all things to the Son Majesty of the Incarnation -Suffering of the Messiah -Identity with Humanity -Need for the Incarnation Exhortation: -Don’t Miss God’s Message of Salvation! (2:1-4) Jesus is the most complete Word of God!||8/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Grace Personified||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington August 9, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians Grace Personified Hebrews 1:1-4 Blessed People Bless People SUMMER RENEWAL Informed . . . Inspired! August 9-12, 2015 A Study of Hebrews God Truly Did Become Human! We Need a Great High Priest! Let’s Hold On to What Matters! Keep Up the Pace! GRACIOUS “Perhaps I keep circling back to ‘grace’ because it is one grand theological word that has not spoiled. I call it ‘the last best word’ because every English usage I can find retains some of the glory of the original. Like a vast aquifer, the word underlies our proud civilization, reminding us that good things come not from our own efforts, rather by the grace of God. Even now, despite our secular drift, taproots still stretch toward grace.” -Philip Yancey Text: Hebrews 1:1-4 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. The Old Testament documents the ways God revealed Himself to His people in the ancient past. Moses was privileged to catch a glimpse of the glory and grace of God. The Old Testament reveals God is a gracious God! The New Testament is the story of God’s greatest and fullest revelation of Himself. Hebrews 1:1-4 documents the beauty and majesty of the Incarnation. The Incomparable Son of God: -Heir of all things -Through Whom He created the universe -Radiance of God’s glory -Exact Representation of God’s Image -Sustains the universe -Made purification for sins -Sat down at the right hand of the Father A companion text for Hebrews 1:1-4 is John 1:14-18 God has spoken! His Word is . . . grace! Jesus Christ, the Son of God is Grace Personified!||8/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Grace: God’s Amazing Answer!||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington August 2, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians Grace: God’s Amazing Answer! Hebrews 4:14-16 Blessed People Bless People GRACIOUS www.thesacramentaljourney.org SUMMER RENEWAL Informed . . . Inspired! August 9-12, 2015 A Study of Hebrews God Truly Did Become Human! We Need a Great High Priest! Let’s Hold On to What Matters! Keep Up the Pace! Old Testament Chen – favor Hesed – lovingkindness New Testament Charis – grace, favor Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart—poisoned as it is with pride an pain—and replacing it with his own. Rather than to tell you to change, he creates the change. Do you clean up so he can accept you? No, he accepts you and begins cleaning you up. His dream isn’t just to get you into heaven but to get heaven into you. -Mac Lucado Text: Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. What does God owe us? What has God done for us? God has reached down to us! God has provided access to His presence through the great High Priest, His Son. That is grace!||8/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Humility: A Divine Life Requirement!||Micah 6:6-8||7/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blessed People Bless People||--||7/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Let's Humble Ourselves||Philippians 1:27-2:4||7/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||He Humbled Himself||July 5, 2015 He Humbled Himself Philippians 2:5-11 Every human has been humbled by life at some point. Life has a way of humbling us! The Bible does not proclaim that life humbled Jesus. He humbled Himself! He intentionally set aside what was rightfully His as the Son of God to take on human flesh and redeem humanity. He is our greatest example of humility!||7/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Grounded and Growing||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington June 28, 2015 BLESSED PEOPLE BLESS PEOPLE Redeeming Qualities/Actions of Restorative Christians Grounded and Growing 1 John 1:5-10 Blessed People Bless People GROUNDED Text: 1 John 1:5-10 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. God is Light! We are to be grounded in truth and growing in righteousness. The Jesus Way is meant to be followed in real life! We live in the Light of the Gospel together! The Light exposes the darkness in our own lives. Forgiveness and cleansing are available for all of us on The Jesus Way!||6/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Train Up a Child!||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington, TX June 2015 FAiTH AT HOME SUNDAY: Why Can Family Life Be So Difficult? MONDAY: Submission Ain’t All Bad! TUESDAY: I’m Talking to You! WEDNESDAY: Train Up a Child! WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED? -God designed the family. It is His idea! -Families struggle because of sin and The Curse. -Spirit-filled believers can transform family life! -We can address The Curse and work to reverse its effects. -Healthy communication is essential to healthy marriages! Proverbs 22:6 Parents are to be child experts! Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Children are our responsibility! What do our children need? LOVE – Children need the security of love and acceptance that parents provide. LEARN – Children need to learn the things of God and the ways of this world. LEADERSHIP – Children need to be led. They will be more connected to your leadership than your lectures. LIVE – Children need to be released to live! Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. The righteous will LIVE by faith!||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||I’m Talking to You!||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington, TX June 2015 FAiTH AT HOME SUNDAY: Why Can Family Life Be So Difficult? MONDAY: Submission Ain’t All Bad! TUESDAY: I’m Talking to You! WEDNESDAY: Train Up a Child! WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED? -God designed the family. It is His idea! -Families struggle because of sin and The Curse. -Spirit-filled believers can transform family life! -We can address The Curse and work to reverse its effects. REVERSE THE CURSE! COMMUNICATE! HUMILITY -1 Peter 2:13-17 -1 Peter 3:8-9 -1 Peter 5:6-7 COMMUNICATION -1 Peter 3:1-7 Historical Context Peter writes this letter to churches in the First-Century world. Roles within households and in society were well-defined. Men and Women are different but complementary! Communication is the art of initiating and responding (John Gottman and his teaching about “bids” – Masters and Disasters). Communication is both verbal and non-verbal. Love and respect must be actively communicated between spouses in marriage. Healthy communication is characterized by: -Kindness -Listening -Sharing -Knowing -Valuing||6/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Submission Ain’t All Bad!||Dennis R. Wiles FBC Arlington, TX July 2014 FAiTH AT HOME SUNDAY: Why Can Family Life Be So Difficult? MONDAY: Submission Ain’t All Bad! TUESDAY: I’m Talking to You! WEDNESDAY: Train Up a Child! Satan is opposed to everything favored and blessed by God. God is not standing idly by and observing the corruption of His creation. He is at work in us and through us to establish His Kingdom on earth. Glorifying God by Following The Jesus Way! Theological Context The Curse of Genesis 3 is in effect. Sin, guilt, shame, fear, pain, desire, domination and death – all are realities due to the Curse. What is the answer? How do we as followers of The Jesus Way answer the Curse of Genesis 3? REVERSE THE CURSE! Ephesians 5:15-21 Watch your step! Be filled with the Spirit! Submit to each other! Ephesians 5:22-6:9 A complete overhaul of the household is described in this passage! God wants to use our families as beacons of light and testimonies of His grace as an answer to the curse! Family members serving each other, blessing each other, setting each other free to live --- these families can be present in our world and can confront the curse with God’s grace. Submission ain’t all bad!||6/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
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