Podcast: Free Grace International

In this introduction, I am going to make a handful of claims. I am not going to use the intro to defend those claims. Instead, the rest of this book will be employed for that purpose. The basic idea that I’ve devoted nearly 50,000 words to explain in the following chapters can be summed up […]

Introduction

I was extremely frustrated with the churches where I had worked. I had begun to see the Bible as ambiguous on some essential issues. I had spent nearly a decade in church ministry and had a degree from Bible College. I had started my seminary work but burned out because of the inconsistencies I saw […]

Origin Story

Imagine that you walk into a local store. As you look through the items, you find something that you're interested in buying. You pick it up and see no price tag attached. You hold it above your head and ask the clerk about the price. “How much is this,” you say. It’s a simple question, […]

FREE ≠ COSTLY

In the famous encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar, we see a very clear division between Salvation and Discipleship. In chapter 4 of John, where this story occurs, there are two metaphors used to illustrate these two concepts. Salvation is illustrated by water in John 4:7-14. The narrative then […]

WATER ≠ FOOD

I have often heard people use the phrase, "Jesus is my Lord and Savior." This is a legitimate way to express one's relationship to Jesus. However, the phrase can be misleading if it's not understood in context. I have heard more than one overzealous pastor try to usher new converts into the kingdom by claiming […]

BELIEVING IN THE SAVIOR ≠ OBEYING THE LORD

A few years ago I joined a ministry called 289 DESIGN. As you might guess, the name comes from Ephesians 2:8-9. Our mission to produce materials that share the clear message of God's grace with the world. If you've read it before, there is hardly any verse in the Bible that is as transparent about […]

FAITH ≠ WORKS

As a kid, one of the biggest choices was between orange juice and milk. Out of boyish curiosity, I once mixed milk and orange juice together. I stirred it with excitement thinking I had come up with the ultimate breakfast drink. As I timidly tried the new flavor I found that the mixture was no […]

GRACE ≠ WORKS

In this episode of More To The Story, Lucas Kitchen interviews the creator of The Art Of Grace Podcast, Shawn Lazar. They discuss the rapture, and the founder of the Jehovah's witness. To see the full hour-long interview go here.

The Rapture And The Founder Of The Jehovah's Witnesses

In my youth, I attended countless evangelistic events. Often it was explained that I should strive to have a relationship with God. When the evangelist tried to explain how to have a relationship with God, the message would usually get muddled. He would start by saying that salvation is a free gift. He would then […]

RELATIONSHIP ≠ FELLOWSHIP

I don’t remember the day I was born, but my mother tells me it was an event to remember. Once I was born, I could never go back. It was a done deal, a one-time event, an irreversible transaction. It is likely for that reason that Jesus used birth to illustrate what happens the moment […]

BORN AGAIN ≠ GROW

I used to travel and play music with a worship band while I was in college. We were doing an event in the Dallas area one summer. Usually, we would play for a half hour, and then the speaker would deliver his message. We had a set of songs that we often played, including one […]

CHILD ≠ FRIEND

Anyone who believes in Jesus has everlasting life. That life is not given at some point in the distant future, but at the moment at which the person believes. Believing in Jesus is a one-time event that gives the born-again believer a gift which cannot be earned, returned, or lost. Those who claim that salvation […]

ETERNAL LIFE ≠ ABIDING LIFE

Image that you’ve just completed a month of work and are waiting on your pay check. The boss hands you an envelope with your wages and says, “here’s your free gift.” Why would that be the wrong thing for the boss to say? Obviously, your wages are not a gift. If they were a gift […]

ETERNAL LIFE ≠ ETERNAL REWARDS

In this chapter we are going to compare the concept of gaining eternal life as a gift and getting eternal life as a reward. Don’t be alarmed. Although these seem as if they are contradictory ideas, the distinction will become plain as we go along. The first verse that we will consider is this one […]

ETERNAL LIFE AS A GIFT ≠ ETERNAL LIFE AS A REWARD

Let’s imagine that certain wealthy father had twins. The brothers grew up together at their family’s palatial estate. Once they were old enough to take their own path in life their father called them together and said, “You will both always be my children, but I would like you each to stay here in my […]

ENTER THE KINGDOM ≠ INHERIT THE KINGDOM

As we discovered in the previous chapter there is a difference between entering the Kingdom and inheriting the Kingdom. In this chapter we will discover that there are various types of inheritance. The line of distinction will be drawn between being heirs of God, and being co-heirs with Christ. What’s the difference between being an […]

HEIRS OF GOD ≠ FELLOW HEIRS WITH CHRIST

The most afraid I’ve ever been was the time I got lost in the woods after dark. My brother and I were out with some youth group friends playing a game of paintball in the pine forest of East Texas. As a moonless night fell, my heart rate rose. Being surrounded by the blinding dark […]

THE BLACK DARKNESS ≠ THE DARKNESS OUTSIDE

United States Supreme Court justices have what we call life tenure. That means that once they are appointed they will continue to hold their position for life. This is important because justices need to be able to make decisions without the fear of being removed from office. They have positional security, meaning their position won’t […]

POSITIONAL FORGIVENESS ≠ DAILY FORGIVENESS

For the first dozen summers that I can remember, I rarely wore shoes. Playing all day in the yard would cover the bottoms of my bare feet with a thick layer of dark grime. Even when I had started the day with a shower, there hardly a summertime call for dinner that I didn’t have […]

TAKE A BATH ≠ WASH YOUR FEET

The word sanctification is uncommon. I’ve rarely heard it used in casual conversation except when the words, what is precede it. In this chapter we are going to look at the difference between positional sanctification and practical sanctification. Before we understand the difference, we need to get a grip on this heavy and rare noun. […]

POSITIONAL SANCTIFICATION ≠ PRACTICAL SANCTIFICATION

In college one justifies his status as a current student in different ways to different individuals. The professor needs to see an official role sheet with the students name on it to consider them a current student. However, fellow classmates will believe one is a legitimate student of the university if they simply attend class. […]

JUSTIFIED BY FAITH ≠ JUSTIFIED BY WORKS

We give gifts to people we like. I generally withhold gift-giving from those with whom I have no fellowship or closeness. However, God decided to offer us a gift when we did not deserve it. In fact, there are those who will accept the gift and totally take advantage of His grace by not living […]

POSITIONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS ≠ PRACTICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS

A number of years ago I was invited to preach a series of evangelistic events in Latvia. It’s a beautiful little country that found its freedom after the fall of the Soviet Union. By the time I went, it had warmed to the gospel message, and many young people were ready to believe. The trip […]

SPIRIT BAPTISM ≠ WATER BAPTISM

In our modern church-lingo saturated culture, we've taken certain words and conscripted them for specific uses, when in Scripture those same words have fluidity. It's important that we don't try to wrestle Biblical words into a straight jacket in an attempt to make them mean only one thing. The words "saved" and "salvation" are no […]

SAVED FROM CONDEMNATION ≠ SAVED FROM WRATH