A Prayer to Avoid Bad Teaching Prompted by Matthew 16:6-12

Heavenly Father,

Our Savior told his disciples to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees,” by which he meant their bad teaching.  As Christ’s disciples in this present day, we are no less prone to error than those early disciples were.  Help us to avoid it.

Help us to rightly divide the Word of Truth.  Help all the teaching we give and that which we willingly receive to be free from legalism, loose practice, error in doctrine and wrong motivation.  Let us speak and believe what is true, rather than that which is convenient.  And let us simultaneously avoid excessive harshness by adding to your commands.

Let our beliefs be correct and our lives be honorable, full of grace and true to your word.

And we ask this in the name of Jesus,

Amen.

 

Saved by Grace – Ephesians 2:1-10

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Saved by Grace – Ephesians 2:1-10

After praying that our hearts would be opened, Paul now describes in greater detail what it means to be saved.

 

Ephesians 2.01-10.pdf        Ephesians 2.01-10.mp3

Every Spiritual Blessing: Ephesians 1:1-14

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Every Spiritual Blessing
Ephesians 1:1-14

Paul begins this letter praising God for all he has done for us.  It turns out God has done an awful lot.

Ephesians 1.01-14.pdf

Ephesians 1.01-14.mp3

 

Central Streaming: Complete Transformation

Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Douglas Moo

 

Theology, in other words, includes in its nature an implicit call to transform one’s life, to adjust our thinking and our acting in accordance with the truth of God in Christ. 

– Douglas Moo,
Wheaton Graduate School

Romans 12.1-2.pdf 

Romans 12.1-2.mp3

Central Streaming: God’s Gracious Plan

Paul’s Letter to the Romansapostle-paul

Unity in diversity is not only possible among God’s people, it is part of God’s gracious plan.

Rom 9.1-11.36.pdf

Rom 9.1-11.36.mp3

Central Streaming: God’s Gift of Grace

Paul’s Letter to the Romansapostle-paul

Since we possess no righteousness of our own, faith is our only option.  This is grace.  This is God’s gift, offered to unrighteous sinners.

Rom 3.21-8.39.pdf

Rom 3.21-8.39.mp3

Central Streaming: Our Need for Grace

Paul’s Letter to the RomansMartin Luther King 1929-1968

[S]o many … dedicated people, having no one but themselves to save themselves, end up disillusioned … They are disillusioned because they started out with a great illusion. For them there is no sinner or no sin …      

– Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968)

Rom 1.18-3.20.pdf

Rom 1.18-3.20.mp3