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The Just Shall Live by Faith

Many Christians silently struggle, wondering, “Why isn’t my Christian life working? Why am I struggling? Why do I feel so defeated? Is the victorious life just a mirage?”

The missing key to the victorious Christian life is one of the most important truths in all The Bible: THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. In this ground-breaking series, we “connect the dots” between the love of God, the grace of God, the perfection of Jesus and His finished work and how we receive the incredibly rich blessings of God by living by faith. This series is sure to encourage you and revolutionize your life!

Note: this series is currently under development and is a sub-series in the “Hebrews: The Glory of the New Covenant” series:

 

  • The Just Shall Live by Faith – Part 1. In four key places in the scripture we read, “the just shall live by faith”. The language of faith appears 677 in the New Testament. From God’s perspective, living by faith is essential to pleasing Him (Heb 11:6) and successfully living the Christian life. Why? In this groundbreaking episode, we’ll learn how living by faith is intimately tied to the grace of God and the finished work of our Lord Jesus. You’ll learn essential keys to living victoriously by faith!

 

  • The Just Shall Live By Faith – Part 2[Hebrews 11 intro, Heb 10:38-39]

    What IS faith? That’s a very important question to answer, since the Bible is clear that “the just shall live by faith” (Hab 2:4Rom 1:17Gal 3:11Heb 10:38). In this episode we dig into this question and discover that there are two aspects of faith:

    • First, faith looks to the PERSON of the living Lord Jesus Christ: Christ IN US the hope of glory and we IN CHRIST, giving us completeness NOW.
    • Second, faith acknowledges and enjoys the perfect, finished work of The Lord Jesus Christ.

    We also learn that we are “believers”, not because we believe, but because GOD has MADE us that way! This is all because of the perfection of JESUS and HIS FINISHED WORK.


 

  • The Just Shall Live By Faith – Part 3. [Hebrews 11:1-2] In this episode, we learn:
    • God in His grace, through Jesus, has supplied ALL. Therefore, we have all NOW. Faith takes and personally appropriates what God has already richly supplied.
    • What faith is NOT.
    • Faith is the substance — ground of confidence, guarantee — of things hoped for.
    • Faith is the EVIDENCE of things not seen.
    • Hebrews 11 is not about faith “heroes”, but rather ordinary people who lived by faith in the goodness of God.

  • The Just Shall Live by Faith – Part 4. [Hebrews 11:3-6] The Bible declares it: THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. In this panoramic episode, we see what living BY FAITH can accomplish:
    • We take a sweeping view of all of Hebrews 11, extracting out of every “by faith” or “through faith” verse what living by faith accomplishes.
    • In Hebrews 11:3 we dig into the great significance of understanding BY FAITH that God is the creator of all.
    • In Hebrews 11:4 we find out the reason why Abel’s offering was righteous, while Cain’s offering was evil.
    • In Hebrews 11:5-6 we explore the very important reasons why “without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God”

  • The Just Shall Live by Faith – Part 5. [Hebrews 11:7-10] The ancients — people like Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham — didn’t have Bibles, churches, Christian books, CD’s or podcasts. But they had the living God. Their faith looked to Him and His righteousness. In this episode:
    • We examine the faith of godly Noah who, even though in a wicked generation, built the ark because of godly reverence.
    • We begin to look at Abraham who learned to walk by faith, even though he had failed many times. His faith looked to the God who blessed him and called him to a land of promise, which he did not know.
    • We’ll learn a powerful truth for our own lives: it’s not how great these people of faith were, but how great is GOD and HIS righteousness and grace.

The Necessity of The Just Shall Live By Faith

By Mark VanOuse
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

[6] But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

How many would like to please God? If you are truly born again, a child of God, deep down you desire to please God, right?
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him”
Now, Hebrews 11:6 stands in the context of the greatest chapter in all the Bible about faith, in the greatest book in all the Bible about the New Covenant. You would agree, then, that this verse is extremely important on the subject of living the Christian life in a manner that truly pleases God, right?

He Loved Me Then, He Definitely Loves Me Now!

Most Christians struggle with whether God really loves them, especially after they have sinned and failed. It’s important to understand that the Bible clearly teaches that God’s love is beyond ourselves, our performance, our righteousness — even our existence.

Have you noticed that some of the Bible’s greatest passages on the love of God express it in the past tense?

John 3:16 (NKJV)

[16] “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. …

God Can Do Far Beyond What We Can Imagine

Ephesians 3:20 (Amplified Version)
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]
One of the most powerful reminders to me of the reality and greatness of God is the starry night sky. Far from city lights we can make out our view of the Milky Way galaxy, home to our solar system and billions of stars. Scientists tell us that our galaxy is 100,000 light years across. One light year is 5.76 trillion miles. There are billions of galaxies in the known universe. Some astrophysicists theorize there may even be universes beyond our own. …

Revolutionary, Life-Changing Hebrews Series Underway!

Jesus shed His blood for it.

He gave His life for it.

Yet very few Christians know anything about it: It’s the New Covenant.

Our series, “Hebrews: The Glory of the New Covenant” is well underway. Join us as we dig into the amazing truths found in Hebrews. There are several ways you can get the series:

  • Here at our website, click on the “Podcasts menu item above or click on the “Series” menu item above, then “Hebrews: the Glory of the New Covenant”
  • You can subscribe to the “Daily in Christ” podcast via the iTunes Store.
Take time with us to dig into these great lessons on the Book of Hebrews and invite others to listen, as well!

Hebrews Pt 07: It’s Entering GOD’S Rest! (Chapter 4, Part 1)

This is a very powerful, life-changing lesson. Many Christians are somewhat familiar with the fact that Hebrews talks about “rest” a lot. But few understand the revolutionary truth that the “rest” spoken of is God’s rest. And He is resting because He has completely finished His work. Topics covered:

  • It’s about God’s rest, not yours.
  • Why God would rest
  • What God’s rest meant at the creation (Genesis 2)
  • What God’s rest meant to Israel under Joshua’s leadership

Hebrews Pt 04: The Offering of The Son so that We Can Be Sons – Chapter 2 (part 2):

Our podcast study, “Hebrews: the Glory of the New Covenant” continues with chapter 2. In this podcast, we cover the second part of the chapter, exploring:

  • 6 reasons why Jesus, by the grace of God, had to taste death for everyone.
  • Of the many things that Jesus accomplished by His perfect person, life, work, sacrifice and death is making us son (heirs) of God. Sons that He is not ashamed of!

The Love of God DOES

By Mark VanOuse

The love of God does.

This is the fullest expression of the Love of God!

Love is the most powerful antidote to all that is wrong with us! Nothing has such power to take our minds and hearts and seize them from the stranglehold of temptation, sin and bondage and bring us to the place of a heartfelt JOYFUL and LOVING obedience to the Lord. Nothing! …

Grace to Get Away FROM Sin

By Mark VanOuse

Grace does not enable us to “get away with sin”, but enables us to get away from sin.

It’s odd how some think that when we tell Christians that they are under grace that somehow we are enabling people to get away with sin, when in fact the Bible teaches us just the opposite: the grace of God enables us to to get away from sin. …

Hebrews Pt 02: God Expressing All Through His Son – Chapter 1

In this podcast, we study Hebrews chapter 1. We discover:

  • God Himself is the start of Hebrews, just like Genesis 1:1
  • God is a speaking God and now speaks through His Son, Jesus.
  • Jesus is the full and perfect expression of the Father
  • The “so much” better of the New Covenant described in Hebrews begins.
  • The greatness and excellence of the Son. Here in Hebrews 1 is some of the clearest teaching in all the Bible about divinity of Jesus Christ.
  • The point of all this is that Christ is all. Christianity is not about “how to be a Christian” it is about Christ and faith in Christ alone.