Grace Life Topics

The Nature of the Flesh

Life seems so complicated to most people. When the Apostle Paul narrows down a host of symptoms in Galatians 5:19-21 to one root cause, the flesh, some people, with all their psychological insights, are prone to believe Paul was naive. In this lecture we help people understand the life of their "first birth"; its defence mechanisms; how, "according to the flesh," they attempt to meet legitimate needs, and why the ways of the flesh fail. In the process, people develop deep seated and often hidden symptoms due to stress, rejections, and failures. Feelings and attitudes of inferiority, insecurity, inadequacy, false guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness, depression, and anxiety are just a few responses considered.

The "Exchanged Life" (or Grace Life)

A presentation based on Romans 6, Galatians 2:20 and Colossians 3:3-4. Here we are showing the differences between trying to live the Christian life for God by "doing the best I can with God's help," versus letting Christ live His life through me after "understanding and appropriating my death, burial and resurrection in Him." Illustrated diagrams enable the listener to visualise what is happening within, corresponding to the finished work of Christ at the cross and resurrection. We illustrate how the life of the "second birth replaces the life of the first birth."

Journey to the Cross

God's processing includes bringing people to the end of their own resources. Many times this journey parallels the experience of Christ when He approached the cross. The cost of discipleship is plainly expounded as God calls believers to be willing to suffer the loss of all things so they may "know Him."

The Believer's Identity

An explanation of a believer's righteousness in Christ based on Romans 5:17, 10:1-4; Philippians 3:4-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; and 1 Corinthians 1:30, 31. The lecture shows that our righteousness is a gift from God received by faith as a result of our new birth in Christ, not by our performance or adhering to various standards of being "good." It also relates our righteousness in Christ to building our true self-esteem (self-image) from God's perspective. This topic will give a detailed look at achieving an identity under the law versus receiving an identity in Christ.

The Believer's Victory

A presentation on how to appropriate our victory in Christ based on Romans 6-8 and Ephesians 1, 2 and 6. The talk covers the concept of indwelling sin (body or power of sin), flesh, old man, new man, and what it means to be identified in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. The lecture shows the difference between struggling for victory over enslaving habits versus trusting in and walking in the victory that is ours in Christ.

Living the Exchanged Life

The importance of thinking correctly and replacing false beliefs and thoughts with the truth of who I am, where I am, and what I have in Christ. A practical discussion of how to view trials and suffering from God's perspective.