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God’s Drastic, Offensive, Liberating, Shocking and Counterintuitive Grace

At a Key Life pastor’s conference, Dan Allender, said, “The Christian faith and the grace at its heart is so radical that most congregations can’t deal with it.” I will raise my hand to confess that I am one of those who wants to believe the gospel at a radical depth, but who struggles. Fear […]

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Audio Sermon: “Context” • Romans 8:29-30

This is today’s message from Creekstone. The main point for us from this passage is to grasp that the macro-promises of God’s plan give context to the micro-problems of my life — they enable me to see every circumstance with hope. I trust that this will be encouraging and helpful. You also may listen here.

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Some Brief Explanatory Notes on Romans 8:29-30

Today we are studying Romans 8:29-30 in the morning service at Creekstone. Since we will be considering doctrines that require more explanation that I am able to provide in the time we have available, I have included below some exlanatory notes for you with regard to the five key doctrines Paul mentions in these verses: […]

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The Difference Between By and Through

I have been reading through the historic Belgic Confession (16th c.) recently (as suggested by my wife, Kristy), and wow, it is gold! For example, Article XXII, makes a helpful distinction between being saved by faith as a meritorious work versus being saved through faith as an instrument. Here is how it reads: “Therefore we justly […]

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Book Recommendation: The Transforming Power of the Gospel, by Jerry Bridges

This very well may be essential reading for every disciple of Jesus. I am reading it with great profit and blessing. It is easy to read, yet profound in its substance. Get it here, or by clicking on the image above.

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Sermon Audio and Notes • “The Inevitable Question” (Romans 5:20-6:4)

In case you missed it, here is the sermon audio (including notes) from the message this past Sunday on Romans 5:20-6:4. Here we begin making a transition from understanding the grace-foundations of our justification to experiencing the grace-dynamics of our sanctification. So we are at a hinge in the letter of Romans—a hinge that will […]

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Facing Charges

In my study today for Sunday’s message, I came across a statement in The Reformation Study Bible that I found helpful for those of us entrusted with preaching and teaching. Concerning Romans 6:1-14, the study note says, “So great was [Paul’s] emphasis on the freeness of God’s grace in the face of sin that his […]

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It is Hard Getting Used to Grace

Today I had lunch with a friend who made a comment that rocked me. He said something to the effect, “The key to sanctification is learning to get used to my justification.” That idea really struck me: I am called to get used to being the recipient of extravagant grace. I am called to get […]

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My Heart as a Continent in Need of Perpetual Gospel Advance

On Monday, Kristy and I had our monthly “marriage maintenance” phone appointment with our World Harvest mentor/gospel discipler, Stu Batstone. As I was expressing my frustration with how often I seemed to run into a wall in sanctification (2 steps forward and 3, 4, 5 or more steps back… and feeling totally unsaved), he shared an […]

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Out of the Pit: God’s Rescue Through Substitution

Last night’s Creekstone message on Psalm 40:1-3 described David being rescued from a miry pit of despair. The gospel tells us that we are delivered from the stench and curse of the bog because the Lord took us out and put us on “a rock.” A stable, firm, safe place. But there is more. I […]

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This Week at Fight Club- Sola Fide

This morning at our weekly men’s Fight Club, we honed in on Romans 2:16, where Paul says, “We know that a person is not justified by works of the law, but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Jesus Christ, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not […]

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