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Embrace the Grace

Joseph Tkach

Embrace the Grace

The touchstone of the Protestant Reformation was salvation by grace. Yet, most Christians today still think that salvation depends on what we have done.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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A few years ago, the Princeton Religion Research Center publication Emerging Trends reported that 56 percent of Americans, “with most describing themselves as Christians, say that when they think about their death, they worry ‘a great deal’ or ‘somewhat’ that they will ‘not be forgiven by God.’”

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Steve McVey: We Will Never Overestimate God's Grace

Steve McVey

Steve McVey: We Will Never Overestimate God's Grace

Dr. Steve McVey shares the theological insights he has gained over the years.

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Steve McVey

Dr. Steve McVey is founder of GraceWalk Ministries. He is the author of Grace Walk, Grace Rules, Grace Amazing, The Godward Gaze, A Divine Invitation, Walking in the Will of God, The Grace Walk Experience, Beyond an Angry God, The Secret of Grace, Anchored and 52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday. For a PDF file of five YI interviews, click here.

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1. Steve realized that it isn’t about him—it’s about God and our participation in what he is doing. Please comment.

2. How have you personally benefitted by viewing the Bible through a fresh “new lens”?

3. Please share your thoughts on, “Love is not an attribute of God -- it is the DNA of God.”

4. How does the “Trinitarian perspective” help us appreciate God’s grace toward us in Christ?

5. What did you think of the analogy of God and Jesus as “bad cop/good cop”—a schizo-God?

6. Why is the gospel message of inclusion and acceptance viewed with skepticism by religion?

7. How did you react to the common view of repentance being equated to idolatry?

8. “Grace enables us to live a godly lifestyle—it doesn’t create a desire to sin.” Your thoughts?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

Michael Morrison: Steve, thanks for being with us.

Steve McVey: Thank you. Glad to be back with you, Mike.

MM: In an earlier interview, you talked about how you had a couple of theological transitions in your life and you gave a synopsis of the first one. Could you could give an even briefer synopsis now, and then describe the second one?

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Steve McVey: The Grace Walk

Steve McVey

Steve McVey: The Grace Walk

Steve McVey talks about the way Christians live -- trusting in the grace of Christ.

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1. What are some of the ways believers “focus on performance” in their Christian walk?

2. How can Western culture’s “wired to succeed” mentality affect our spiritual lives?

3. Why do we need to see biblical commands through the “unfiltered” lens of a renewed mind?

4. What are your thoughts on “the Christian life is not hard—it’s impossible”?

5. How can surrendering ourselves totally to Christ unburden us spiritually?

6. What do you think was meant by “the way we see God, our theology, is everything”?

7. How did “the Bible isn’t about morality and issues of right or wrong” impact you?

8. What does “the spirit of Christ ‘breathes’ for us” mean to you personally?

A few guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

Michael Morrison: Steve, thanks for being with us today.

Steve McVey: Thanks, Mike. Glad to be here.

MM: Steve, you’ve written a book called Grace Walk. It’s sold quite a few copies now, and in the book you describe the story of how you came to an understanding of grace, and I wondered if we could start today by rehearsing that story as to what motivated you to write this book.

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David Torrance: The Grace of the Finished Work of Christ

David Torrance

David Torrance: The Grace of the Finished Work of Christ

Rev. David Torrance shares his thoughts about the sheer outpouring of God's love granting us grace by the finished work of Christ, and our thankful response to that.

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David Torrance

David Torrance served for 36 years in parish ministry in the Church of Scotland; he is the brother of theologians Thomas and James Torrance. He helped edit the English edition of Calvin's New Testament commentaries, and is a co-author of A Passion for Christ: Vision That Ignites Ministry. His website is at www.livebyfaith.org.uk. For a transcript of all five YI interviews, click here.

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For an edited transcript of our interviews with David Torrance, click here.

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Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

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1. How does keeping focused on Christ make our spiritual journey a joy rather than a burden?

2. What does “I have come that they might have life” mean to you?

3. What is meant by “God does everything for us; all we can do is accept it in thanksgiving”?

4. How do we participate in proclaiming Christ to the world? 

5. Why is total surrender on our part so important? 

6. How do you understand “when Christ died and rose, we died and rose”?

7. How would you describe “conditional repentance”?

8. How have you experienced forgiveness as a gift of God? 

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

Michael Morrison: David, it’s a pleasure to have you here.

David Torrance: Thank you. It’s a privilege to be here.

MM: I’d like to begin by finding out who you are. I associate the name Torrance with Thomas and James, and you’re the third brother?

DT: The third brother. Yes. The youngest.

MM: You have all studied theology and written on theology.

DT: My brothers have. I…rather more modestly, I’ll put it that way.

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What Grace Teaches

Joseph Tkach

What Grace Teaches

Joseph Tkach tells a story from his childhood, when he deserved some punishment, but was given a memorable lesson about grace.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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We have several articles about grace on our website.

The greatest difference between the Christian faith and all the other religions of the world can be summed up in a single word: grace. Christ died for us while we were still sinners, the apostle Paul tells us in Romans 5, verse 8.  God did not wait for us to become good or righteous before he acted to save us from our sins. God loves us, and his forgiveness, his grace, comes before our ever believing the gospel.

Our faith is in something that was already true before we even knew about it – before we ever believed.
 

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Grace Rules!

Joseph Tkach

Grace Rules!

Salvation comes only by grace and not by what we do. The only thing we can do with grace is trust the Giver and accept and embrace the gift.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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By the time we finish kindergarten, we have a pretty good notion that life is not fair. Even so, we want life to be fair and we even expect it to be fair. When it isn’t some of us can get pretty upset.

Jesus gave us a parable about fairness in Matthew 20:1-16. He said:

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Grace and Discipline - a Small Group Study

Christians live in grace and by grace, not by works. We cannot boast about our own works, no matter how good they are. God gets all the glory, for he is the one who motivates us to do anything good. Even the faith we have is a gift of God.

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Grace and Truth

“The law was given through Moses,” John tells us, but “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

God has always been gracious and true. The law was an expression of his grace and truth. But in Jesus Christ, God’s graciousness and his truth are given their full and complete expression. The law, by which every human is condemned, is not the final word. But in Jesus Christ we have been given God’s final word—the greatest and most complete revelation of God’s grace and truth for humanity.

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Heart Trouble

“God doesn’t require people to keep old covenant laws,” the man said. “He looks on the heart.”

That’s true—God does not require anyone to keep old covenant laws—but when he looks on the heart, what does he see? Does he see a perfect attitude, a heart that has never sinned? No. When the Bible says that God looks on the heart, it is not giving an easier standard for salvation—it is saying that salvation is a lot harder than the law ever made it out to be.

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The Logic of Grace

Joseph Tkach

The Logic of Grace

The gospel declares that our sins have been forgiven and we have been made new in Christ without our lifting a finger to make it happen.  That isn’t logical, so we look for other explanations.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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As rational beings, we humans don’t trust things that don’t make sense. When we come across something that doesn’t seem to add up, we don’t like it. We look for alternative explanations and possibilities. If we are going to believe something, we want it to be logical and rational.

Maybe that’s why so many have a hard time with the gospel. When we take the gospel for what the Bible says it is, it doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t add up. The gospel declares that our sins have been forgiven and we have been made new in Christ without our lifting a finger to make it happen.

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