Essentials of a Free Grace Perspective
This is a good introduction to what it means to believe in grace that is absolutely free. It will help people understand and appreciate the grace that saves them and gives them a life of freedom and purpose.
- - The grace that saves us is absolutely free so that all that we must do is believe
- - We live under grace with assurance, a new motivation, and the challenge of becoming a disciple.
The Grace Difference
Grace makes all the difference in our salvation, assurance, and Christian growth. This is a good basic overview to ground and motivate people in grace principles.
- - The clear gospel of grace cuts through confusing ideas about salvation (Eph. 2:8-10).
- - Grace grounds us in a firm assurance of God's eternal acceptance (Romans 8:28-39).
- - If grace saved us, we should also live according to grace (Rom. 6:1-14).
- - Grace frees us to devote ourselves to serving God out of gratitude (Rom. 6:15-23).
- - When we understand what God's grace has done for us, we should want to follow Him in a life of committed discipleship (Luke 9:23-26).
These two messages also fit well for a longer series:
The Discipleship Challenge
This series will show how the blessings of grace should motivate us to commit our lives to Jesus Christ as disciples.
- - A general good introduction to the distinction between unsaved, saved, and disciples (John 6).
- - Defining and distinguishing discipleship as a Christian's commitment to Jesus Christ as Master (Matt. 10:25; 11:28-30).
- A focus on 7 characteristics of a disciple (Each of the following can also be a separate message)
- The Devoted Disciple
- The Obedient Disciple
- The Selfless Disciple
- The Suffering Disciple
- The Submissive Disciple
- The Generous Disciple
- The Serving Disciple
- - at this exciting lifetime journey from the life of Peter
What About Lordship Salvation?
This controversial topic is discussed in a non-confrontational and informative manner.
- - Defines what it is and isn't and how it relates to our eternal salvation.
- - Defines this controversial term and how it relates to our eternal salvation
- - How Jesus' Lordship relates to our eternal salvation
- - The difference between eternal salvation and a life of discipleship
The Making of a Disciple: Lessons from the Life of Simon Peter
God has given us a model for discipleship in the life of Peter as we trace his journey from initial salvation to the confirmation of his life ministry and calling. Listeners will identify with this ordinary man and be challenged to become more of a disciple. These messages can be combined or revised to meet any schedule.
- - Becoming the person God will use (John 1 & 6)
- - Accepting God's call to fish for men (Matt. 4:18-22)
- - Learning to obey God's will (Luke 5:1-11)
- - Losing your life to gain it (Luke 9:23-26)
- - Recovering from your failures (John 13 & 18)
- - Cultivating a love for Christ and His people (John 21:15-19)
- - Learning to accept your calling (John 21:20-22)
The GraceLife: Becoming a People of Grace
Grace is the chief principle of salvation and the Christian life. When we grasp the wonders of God's grace we will be secure in our salvation and liberated in our Christian life to serve God and live for Him. Christians are challenged to live a life that reflects the glorious grace of God. Any combination of messages can be given according to the needs of the people.
- - The definition, source, revelation, and response to God's grace (topical)
- - Why we are naturally suspicious of grace and prone to reject it (topical)
- - The big picture of God's purpose for us, past, present, and future (Eph. 1)
- - Understanding the freeness of God's gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-10)
- - Grace gives us assurance and keeps us saved eternally (Rom. 8:28-39)
- - Living by grace is not an excuse to sin, but breaks the power of sin (Rom. 6:1-14)
- - Living by grace is a reason to serve God, not self (Rom. 6:15-23)
- - Learning to accept and become the person God made me to be (1 Cor. 15:6-10)
- - Giving Christians room to grow and be different (Rom. 14)
- - How to make wise choices in questionable matters (1 Cor. 10:23-33)
- - Those who have been forgiven should by grace forgive (Matt. 18:21-35).
- - God is always ready to forgive our waywardness (Luke: 15:11-24).
- - It is easy to be ungracious towards others (Luke 15:25-32).
- - Grace should motivate growth and godliness (Titus 2:11-15; 2 Pet. 3:18)
- - Applying God's grace in family relationships (topical)
- - God's powerful grace helps us in our weaknesses (2 Cor. 12:7-10).
- - How legalism is opposed to a life of grace after salvation (topical)
- - Grace frees us to give generously of ourselves and our resources (topical).
- - How those who minister can do so consistent with God's grace (topical)
The Salvation Question: Clearing Confusion about Getting into God's Family
Since getting into God's family (becoming a Christian) begins with and depends on the gospel of Jesus Christ, it must be our priority to understand it and share it clearly. Contemporary controversies about faith, works, repentance, lordship, easy-believism, and carnal Christians can be addressed. Any combination of these messages can be used according to people's needs.
- - The problem of an unclear gospel in the church today (Gal. 1:6-10)
- - The content of the gospel is simple (1 Cor. 15:1-8).
- - The condition of the gospel is faith (Acts 16:16-31).
- - Why Christians doubt their salvation and how to be sure (Rom. 8:28-39)
- - John shows that the clear condition of salvation is faith alone.
- - The role of grace in salvation (Eph. 2:8-10)
- - The meaning of repentance in relation to salvation (topical)
- - The meaning and role of Christ's lordship in salvation (topical)
- - Salvation is simple for sinners, but not easy for sinners or God (topical).
- - The biblical options for how to view and minister to professing Christians who don't live like it (topical)
- - Biblically based practical suggestions to clarify our witness to others (topical)
Galatians: The Gospel of Christian Freedom
This important book is the Christian's charter of liberty from legalism in and after salvation. Messages emphasize both doctrine and duty so that listeners grow to rejoice in and appreciate their freedom in Christ. This is good as a complete book study, or could be revised to a shorter or longer series..
- - Understanding the gospel (Gal. 1)
- - Compromising the gospel (Gal. 2)
- - Departing from the gospel (Gal. 3)
- - Realizing our sonship in the gospel (Gal. 4)
- - Living out our freedom in the gospel (Gal. 5)
- - Serving others for the gospel (Gal. 6)
Jonah: When God Says "Go!"
These messages challenge listeners to appreciate God's grace in our own salvation and His great love and compassion for the unreached of the world. We can be used to reach others with the gospel if we are obedient to God's command to go. Great to motivate Christians to evangelism and missions.
- - Jonah 1
- - Jonah 2
- - Jonah 3
- - Jonah 4