Grace Alone. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

Ephesian 2: 1-10 (NIV)

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when   we were dead in transgression—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the in-comparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to  do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved

 

I.Introduction

II .All Humans Benefit From God’s Grace

III. We Are Saved By God’s Grace Through Faith

IV. We Grow In The Christian Life By God’s Grace

V. Closing

What do we really need to have to be saved? By Richard Graham

28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Romans 3:28 (NIV)
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” James 2:18 (NIV)
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1.Paul stresses salvation through faith. Without faith we are lost.

2.James stresses faith thru actions. One goes with the other and you must have both.

3.Who is right? They can’t both be right? Or can they?

4.Paul & James’ views reconciled.

5.Examples from our own church.

Christ Alone. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

John 14: 1-7 NIV

                1”Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”

                5Thomas said to him. “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

                6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7“If you really knew me you would know my Father as well. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

New International Version (NIV)

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Philippians 2:10I.Introduction

II.Jesus is the way

III.Jesus is the truth

IV.Jesus is the life

V.Conclusion

Scripture Alone (sola scriptura) By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

John 5:30-47

I. Introduction
II. The Church is Facing a Crisis of Authority Again
III. Jesus Lived and Died Under Authority
IV. The Authority of the Bible
V. How to Read the Inspired and Infallible Bible
VI. Conclusion

 

Perseverance. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

1 John 5:3Psalm 129, (NIV)

1They have greatly oppressed me from my youth—let Israel say—2they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me. 3Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long. 4But the Lord is righteous he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.

5May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. 6May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow; 7with it the reaper cannot fill his hands, nor the one who gathers fill his arms. 8May those who pass by not say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord.

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I. Introduction

II. Perseverance Isn’t Fearing Failure

III. Perseverance Is Finding Your Purpose

IV. Perseverance Is Trusting God’s Faithfulness

V. Conclusion