Your Works Will Not Save You

Your Works Will Not Save You

June 11, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Today, we get into one of the most significant debates among Christians: the debate over faith and works. This issue has perplexed followers of Jesus for centuries, since the very first decades of the church’s existence (see Galatians and James, for example). Disagreements about faith and works contributed to the division of the church during the Protestant Reformation. And, to this day, you’ll still find lots of confusion about how faith is related to works and how both are related to salvation.

Asking Good Questions and Living a Compelling Life

Asking Good Questions and Living a Compelling Life

June 10, 2018By Tim Yee

Jesus had a way of using questions to help people see better… Leaders become good at asking questions that help others see barriers in their lives and in their world. But leaders more importantly need to live a compelling life that forces people to ask the right kinds of questions, challenging assumptions and leading people to make choices for a better life revolving around Christ.

Revolutionary Communicator: Asking Questions

Revolutionary Communicator: Asking Questions

June 9, 2018By Tim Yee

When a blind beggar cries out to Jesus for mercy, Jesus decides to ask the man what he wants. Isn’t it obvious? A blind beggar obviously needs to be healed! But Jesus respects the man by not assuming, but instead asking an empowering question that allows for the one in need to express his desire. Just this one observation of Jesus’s leadership speaks volumes to how we should engage with those we serve.

Study This If You Want Good Work

Study This If You Want Good Work

June 8, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

“GOD’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!” God’s works are indeed worth a lifetime of study. This endeavor will certainly enrich our understanding of God and add to our joy. But it will also help us know how we can work better, how we can work with more meaning. If you want good work, why not study the work of the greatest Worker of all? You don’t even have to apply for admission to God’s school. His work is before you each day.

What If You’re Struggling to Have Faith in God and His Grace?

What If You’re Struggling to Have Faith in God and His Grace?

June 7, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

When I was a pastor, I often listened to people’s struggles to have faith in God. Some had a hard time believing in the existence of God. Others couldn’t believe that God’s grace was really offered to them through Christ. Still others had put their trust in God’s grace, but struggled nevertheless to trust God on a regular basis. As I listened to people sharing how they struggled to trust God, I was reminded of the fact that even our ability to put our faith in God is, in some sense, a gift of God’s grace.

Faith is More Than Just Believing the Good News is True

Faith is More Than Just Believing the Good News is True

June 6, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

If you are going to accept God’s gift of salvation, you need to believe that there is a God who graciously saves through Jesus Christ. But biblical faith is more than intellectual affirmation. Biblical faith is acting on what you believe. It is trusting God to save you on the basis of his grace. The word translated here as “faith” (pistis in Greek) might be more accurately rendered in English as “trust.” Trust includes believing certain facts, but it conveys a personal choice to rely on those facts.

How You Can Receive God’s Gift of Salvation

How You Can Receive God’s Gift of Salvation

June 5, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Ephesians 2:8 says that we receive salvation by grace “through faith.” Through faith, we accept and unwrap the gift of salvation by grace, so to speak. Notice that we are not saved by our faith. Years ago, that’s what I believed. I know this because I once wrote a note in my Bible, right near Ephesians 2:8, which read: “Saved by faith.” I now understand that my sixteen-year-old self was not reading carefully enough. The text says we are saved “by grace… through faith.”

God Has More Than Enough Grace for You

God Has More Than Enough Grace for You

June 4, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

There is more of God’s grace than you or I could ever comprehend or imagine. So, if you ever ask, “Does God have enough grace to save even me?” the answer is clear. Yes, absolutely! But not just enough grace, more than enough. You can never use up the grace of God. No matter your failure, no matter your sin, God can and will save you by his glorious, incomparably rich, all-surpassing grace. Believe this good news! Live it!

Balance vs. Submission

Balance vs. Submission

June 3, 2018By Breon Wells

I am an extremely busy man. If you’re like me, the concept of balance proves elusive, seeming only to last a week at best. There are always demands on our time, not to mention the requirement to be emotionally present in every area of life. As I have wrestled with this concept of living a balanced life, I must say, with all transparency, that I have begun to rethink my perspective on balance.