Archives For Justification

I recently had the privilege of blogging at the Catalyst 2014 Conference as a part of the Blogger Team!

Thursday nights session started with a worship time led by Matt Redman (his album Your Grace Finds Me is amazing.)

Matt Chandler, the lead pastor at The Village Church and the President of the Acts 29 Network spoke Thursday night. Here are some of his thoughts.


When it comes to the idea of change, I like to camp out in the Scripture of Revelation 7:9-10

This text is showing us what will happen. This infuses us with a confidence that knows no hurdles. Change will occur. We will succeed. Some of us have seen little fruit, but don’t lose heart.

There are the miracles, but most often changes occurs over time with scraped knees and busted lips.

A Cautious Grace

February 14, 2014

Whenever you tell someone you speak and write about grace, they are quick to offer cautions.

Grace must be kept in balance. “You don’t want sloppy agape or cheap grace now do you?”
Oh yes, well watch out for so and so, he is dangerous…

Grace is treated as though it is radioactive material moments away from a chain reaction causing irreparable damage.

Attempts to balance out its scandalous nature are made.

We stand off from grace poking and prodding it like an alien life form. We push away the very thing we so desperately need.

Holiness and godly lifestyle are zeroed in on as the antidote to help us keep this nuclear substance in check. The Biblical word for this is Law.

In his book, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World, Tullian Tchividjian offers these thoughts on grace and Law, citing J. Gresham Machen

Is God Angry?

August 15, 2013

One of the biggest fears in the hearts of believers is having a God who is angry with them.

We lie awake at night feeling guilty for our latest mess-up, resolving to try harder the next day. We wake up and engage in good, spiritual activities attempting to “earn back” the favor of God we feel we lost in our failure. We attempt to try to climb back up the ladder we believe we descended by our sin.

Romans 3:25 speaks of Jesus being our “sacrifice of atonement.” It is this which helps us determine if God is angry with us when we fail.

The sacrifice of atonement has two parts, the first being propitiation. This unfamiliar word literally means “wrath taker.” We could say Jesus is the one who takes away the wrath of God.

Angry

By: Jelle

I Need Your Help…

August 15, 2012

From American youth groups to Madagascar to underground gatherings in China; the message of grace has carried a powerful impact in the lives of people I have been privileged to share it with.

For those who know me, you know this message is my One Big Thing.

I love to see many expressions of this teaching in the body of Christ. The more the better!

And I would like to see my part in this contribution reach a far greater audience.

I need your help to accomplish this.

As you know, my book Death of the Modern SuperHero : How Grace Breaks our Rules has been out for over one year. The early results have been wonderful.

(If you have not read the book find out how you can get a FREE copy at the end of this post!)

Grace is

May 10, 2012

I have spent the last week teaching on grace at Youth With A Mission’s campus in Muizenberg, South Africa . I speak about grace often on this blog, but I realized I have never done a post on the essentials of grace.

So here it is. A Collections of the haves and have-nots when it comes to grace.

Grace, when used in the New Testament, comes from the Greek word “Charis”. This means undeserved kindness and unmerited favor.

Grace is at the initiative of the Giver. We cannot ask for this gift, we can only cry for mercy.

Grace is given at salvation to all who believe, with no levels or degrees to it.

Grace is...

Grace is the forgiveness of all sin.

Grace is the declaration that believers are righteous.
Grace is the power to break the chains of slavery and set believers free.
Grace is the active force by which Christians live and grow.