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Basic Gospel: Just a Minute! with Bob Christopher

 

New Identity

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Bob ChristopherThe second promise of the New Covenant is this:"I will be their God, and they will be my people."This is a declaration. With no strings attached.It’s not like the Old that said, if you obey my statutes and commandments, then I will be your God. No in this New Covenant, when God marks you as his own, then you are his forever.Listen to Paul’s words to the Ephesians…"When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit."He is the deposit guaranteeing your eternal inheritance.So today, give thanks. You belong to the King of Kings. And you have been marked out as one of his very own.And that’s good news!

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New Law - Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The first promise of the New Covenant is this:"I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts."In the Old Covenant, the law was written on tablets of stone. And the people relied on human will-power and effort to live up to them.We all know that doesn’t end well.But in the New, the Holy Spirit writes God’s laws on the tablet of your heart.And these laws aren’t the ten commandments. No he has written on your heart the laws of faith, hope, and love.The Holy Spirit is the one who works faith, hope, and love out in your life. Now, instead of trying to live for God through human effort, you can actually live for God through the power of God’s Spirit.For he is at work in you to will and to do of God’s good pleasure.
New Covenant - Monday, March 18, 2019
God found fault with his people.They did not fulfill their obligations in the Old Covenant.This is why a New Covenant was necessary.As Paul wrote no one would be declared righteous through obedience to the law. It can't be done.So God sent Jesus.And He fulfilled the righteous requirements of the law.But even better, He ushered in the New Covenant.And this new one is not like the old. It's better in every way. Because it's based on God's promises and faithfulness.Which means he will deliver on all his promises to you.As the writers of Hebrews wrote, Jesus is the guarantor of this better covenant. And you can count on Him.And that's good news!
Why Did Jesus Come? - Friday, March 15, 2019
Why did Jesus come?Let me ask, how would you answer?Well you don’t have to figure that out on your own.Jesus listed out the reasons.In John 10:10 He said that he came that you might have life.Hebrews 10:7 says that He came to do the will of his father.In John 1:18, he said that he came to make the Father known.And when he stood before Pilate, he said that he had come to testify to the truth.He added, everyone on the side of truth listens to me.Are you on the side of truth?If so you will know why Jesus came…Because you will know that you are alive in Him.And that Jesus carried out the will of God and made you holy and righteous in His sightAnd that the truth about His Father is this – that God is love.
Walk in New Life - Thursday, March 14, 2019
In college, most of my science professors denied the existence of God.Or at least, they didn’t think he was relevant to the human story.No, they were a part of a growing group of intellectuals that believed science could explain everything in our world.Stephen Hawking summed up this mindset when he said, “One can’t prove that God doesn’t exist, but science makes God unnecessary. The laws of physics can explain the universe without the need for a creator.”Here is the problem; they haven’t found the law of physics that can explain the resurrection of Jesus. To them it’s merely religious foolishness.One day I hope they will see otherwise and will discover what you and I have discovered; that just as Christ was raised from the dead, you have been raised to walk in new life.
Jesus is the Truth - Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Have you seen the latest New York Times ad campaign?It’s a series of 19 statements about truth.Things they believe that characterizes their journalism in a world cluttered with fake news.The final four statements of the ad caught my attention.The truth is under attackThe truth is worth defendingThe truth requires taking a standThe truth is more important than ever.These statements beg the question, what is the truth?Well, if you are believer, you know the answer.Jesus is the truth.That is a hard reality for the world to accept. One they are pushing back against.But let’s not waver. Let’s take our stand on Christ and give a solid defense for the GospelBecause Jesus is more important than ever.
Rock Solid Faith - Tuesday, March 12, 2019
My friend Rich passed away recently.A rare lung disease along with an aggressive cancer took his life.Before he died, I asked him if he was afraid.In Rich like fashion, he said, “What do I have to be afraid of?”He was ready to see Jesus.And when he took his last breath, he did so with peace in his heart.My friend is absent from the body now, and present with the Lord.I will miss him. But I will always remember his final week. He faced his impending death with rock solid faith in Jesus and a hope that could not be shaken.That’s the power of the Gospel.I pray that it is bringing to you a rock solid faith and an unshakeable hope to you as you face the circumstances of your daily life.
Because He Was Raised - Monday, March 11, 2019
All of Christianity rests on this one single truth – Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. But what if it didn’t happen, as the skeptics have suggested? What would this mean to you?If Jesus was not raised, then faith is merely a word, of no value to you or anyone else. Your faith would be futile, useless, and empty.If the story never happened, you’ve believed a lie. If it is a lie, you are still dead in your sins, lost. And without hope in this world.But Jesus was raised. And because he was raised, you have been born again into a living hope and raised to walk in the newness of life.And you can say along with Paul, “But thanks be to God! He gives me the victory through my Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
The Name Above All Names - Friday, March 8, 2019
Jesus.It is the name that is exalted above every other name.It’s the name that will cause every knee to bow and every tongue to confess that He is Lord.And this to the glory of God the Father.This will happen.But right now, the world is still in rebellion.It has placed other people and things in that exalted spot.And this has been the case throughout human history.The Roman empire declared Caesar as Lord.Today, people bow to money, sex and power.But this will change.One day, every knee and tongue will declare the truth that Jesus is Lord.Aren’t you glad you already know the truth?
For What We Preach - Thursday, March 7, 2019
"For what we preach…"These words flowed from the pen of Paul and were directed to the Corinthian church.All kinds of spiritual gurus, philosophers and super apostles were bringing all sorts of messages to this city.These guys were polished and persuasive with their presentations and they had many in Corinth questioning Paul and his apostleship.Paul certainly didn’t compare as a speaker to these super apostles.As he said, he came to the Corinthians in weakness and humility.But as Paul pointed out, it is the message itself that matters.What is preached.When Paul opened his mouth, he preached Jesus as Lord.He should be the message of every preacher.Because in Him and Him alone is life, forgiveness and freedom.
Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
the Second Week of Lent
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