No Condemnation

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Finally, in Christ, mankind can finally be freed from the shackles of sin and death and find life. Those who are in Christ walk according to the Spirit, and in the Spirit have life. Those who live according to the flesh will not find life.

No Condemnation

There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace: because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be: and they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you (Romans 8:1-11).

No Condemnation
Romans 8:1-39: A Most Encouraging C...

 
 
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Down in Christ

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Life has its ups and downs; so does life in faith. Experiencing discouragement does not make a person a bad Christian. It’s all about how we handle discouragement: whether we give up or we persevere in faith in God in Christ.

Down in Christ

Down in Christ
Life in Faith

 
 
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Abuse of Authority

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God has given authority to people as a stewardship; they are to serve those under their charge as those who will have to give an account. Yet people are sinners, and authority gets abused. Why do people abuse authority? What does abuse of authority look like? What should Christians do about the abuse of authority?

Abuse of Authority

Abuse of Authority
Authority

 
 
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The Necessity of Lament

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Life is full of challenges, difficulties, trials, and moments of distress and pain. We can go on and pretend these types of things do not affect us. Or we can lament our failures, trials, and distress, and live in healthy faith.

The Necessity of Lament

The Necessity of Lament
Lament

 
 
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Abuse, Assault, and Harassment

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We are hearing all sorts of news about abuse, assault, and harassment allegations now brought to light. #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements have exposed the prevalence of such behaviors, even unfortunately among those who would profess the Lord Jesus. What do the Scriptures teach about abuse, assault, and harassment, and how should Christians respond to such claims and behaviors?

Abuse, Assault, and Harassment

Abuse, Assault, and Harassment

 
 
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The Higher Way

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Paul has encouraged the Colossian Christians to root themselves in Jesus, the image of the invisible God, the treasury of all wisdom and knowledge. If they want to be alive in Christ, they must follow His higher way, taking off the worldly lusts and sins which lead to death, and to put on righteousness and its fruit.

The Higher Way

If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory.

Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; for which things’ sake cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience: wherein ye also once walked, when ye lived in these things; but now do ye also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, railing, shameful speaking out of your mouth: lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings, and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him: where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all.

Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God. And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:1-17).

The Higher Way
Paul's Letter to the Colossians

 
 
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One Who Stands in the Breach

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The Psalmist spoke of Moses as one who “stood in the breach” before YHWH on behalf of Israel (Psalm 106:23); YHWH sought a man who would stand in the breach before Him in the days of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 22:30). Why is it so important to have one stand in the breach?

One Who Stands in the Breach

One Who Stands in the Breach
God's Faithful People

 
 
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What Is Sin?

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Everyone has heard of sin. Most people recognize they’re guilty of sin. But is it a big deal? Is it just a way of making people feel bad about themselves? Or is sin really a major problem?

What Is Sin?

What Is Sin?
The Fundamentals

 
 
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What Is Righteousness?

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Everything seemed “righteous” in the 1980s; “righteousness” is often associated with a certain type of very strict people. What is righteousness really all about? What is righteousness? Who can be righteous, and how?

What Is Righteousness?

What Is Righteousness?
The Fundamentals

 
 
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What Is Salvation?

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Jesus saves!

We’ve all seen and heard that Jesus saves. But what does that mean? Why is it necessary for us to be saved? How did Jesus accomplish salvation for us?

What Is Salvation?

What Is Salvation?
The Fundamentals

 
 
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