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Dr. Andrew Farley

11.15.2022 - The Grace Message with Dr. Andrew Farley

November 15, 2022

Is the New Testament message really about Abraham or is it about Jesus? Why does Paul talk about baptism for the dead? Can someone fall away from Christ and lose their salvation? Why does Paul say that women will be “saved” through childbirth?

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How should we view Proverbs 20:1 and 23:20 regarding alcohol? What is Paul’s instruction on the weaker and stronger brother? A friend of mine condones immoral sexual behavior, telling me it's okay. He also says Jesus is not the only way to have a relationship with God. How should I respond? Why does Jesus teach "Give, and it will be given to you" in Luke 6:38?
November 14, 2022
Ever been in the grocery store and one of the representatives offers you a taste-tester? You slide the toothpick in your mouth to taste the sample. Next thing you know, there’s that awkward moment – they’re looking right at you to see if you’ll smile and then open the freezer to invest in the product. You face a decision – invest in the meal or continue on to the next aisle looking for something better. This is exactly what we see in Hebrews 6. The author is warning his readers that if they’ve tasted the Gospel but then decide to look elsewhere (namely, to the dead works of the Temple!), there is no place for repentance anywhere else. Conversely, if they do decide to invest in the Gospel, they will experience a sure and everlasting benefit that can only come from “two unchangeable things.” Find out more about this dire warning and this amazing benefit in this message on one of the most controversial passages of all! Discussion Questions: 1. What are the elementary or foundational teachings the Hebrews needed to graduate from?  2. Hebrews 6:4-6 is a challenging passage. How do the words enlightened, shared, and tasted help us better understand the author’s true intent? 3. How does the “ground that drinks the rain” (versus ground that doesn’t) analogy support that better understanding? 4. In what way does verse 9 offer hope to true believers in the midst of this warning chapter? 5. What are the two unchangeable things? How is this an anchor of hope for the soul? 6. What significance does the “order of Melchizedek” hold here?
November 13, 2022
Why did Paul call himself a "chief of sinners"? How do the dead in Christ rise first (1 Thessalonians 4) if those who died are already with Jesus? Is the gift of tongues a necessary proof of salvation? Does God strike us with difficulty to get our attention? What are your thoughts on church structure, format, and leadership today?
November 12, 2022
Why does Paul say that those who practice sorcery cannot inherit the kingdom of God? Which Bible version is the most accurate? How should I interact with my Catholic friend about the Bible?
November 11, 2022
What is hypergrace? What is “cheap grace”? Can you do whatever you want after you’re saved? Should we be afraid of what we really want? Why does Paul say some people are “worse than an unbeliever”? What is a good commentary that you would recommend? What are your thoughts on the various theories of atonement?
November 10, 2022
Why does Jesus appear to forbid anger in the Sermon on the Mount yet he got angry in the Temple? Will God let me see my pets in Heaven? Should faith be considered a work?
November 9, 2022
What do you think about people who say they’ve gone to Heaven? I haven’t been able to sleep well for ten years, and I think it might be because of pornography. Can you help me? Jesus died for the world, but we aren’t supposed to be part of the world. Can you explain this better? Is the name “Jesus” pagan and should we only be calling Him “Yeshua” instead?
November 8, 2022
Do we need to prove our love and dedication to Jesus? Why does Colossians 1:23 talk about the importance of continuing? Are we servants, or sons, or both? What if a husband and a wife disagree on where to go to church? How do you know when Jesus is living through you?
November 7, 2022
Jesus is a high priest like no other. God appointed His own Son as our eternal priest. Jesus learned obedience through suffering, and He totally gets us. But the Hebrews weren’t sure what to think of Him. They hadn’t made up their minds. They’d heard so much great teaching that they ought to be teachers themselves. Instead, many of them were still spiritual infants, while others had yet to be saved at all. In Hebrews 5, the author is telling them to get with the program, to eat meat (not just milk!), and to enjoy all the benefits of the new and better covenant. I hope this message encourages you to dive deeper into God’s grace and enjoy “the word of righteousness.” Discussion Questions: 1. What are some similarities between the Old Testament high priests and Jesus? What are some differences? 2. What does it mean in verse 8 that Jesus “learned obedience”? 3. How can “those who obey Him” in verse 9 be misunderstood to support a conditional salvation? How does the better translation “attend to” or “listen to” help us understand the author's intent? 4. Why does Melchizedek appear in this chapter? 5. What is the “milk” referred to here? What is the “word of righteousness”?
November 6, 2022
Does Hebrews 3 say that we need to hang on tightly or we might lose our salvation? What does it mean to make every effort to enter God’s rest? Is there such a thing as a temporary believer? What does it mean to delight in the Lord? What does the Parable of the Ten Virgins really mean? Do you have to deny yourself to be saved or after salvation? My church teachers I will have to give an account for every sin. Is this true?
November 5, 2022
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The Grace Message with Dr. Andrew Farley consistently offers simple, straightforward, and accurate help for anyone looking to better understand the depths of God’s grace. Andrew’s teachings will challenge the way you look at God through scriptural insights, and help you live in the freedom of the finished work of Jesus Christ.

About Dr. Andrew Farley

Dr. Andrew Farley is devoted to helping people better understand the grace of God and helping them live in the freedom that comes from a true understanding of Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross. He seeks to challenge the way people look at God, and themselves, through practical, scriptural insights about God’s forgiveness, living under grace and what a new identity in Christ really means.

Andrew is the author of Zondervan’s debuted #1 bestseller on Amazon, The Naked Gospel, in addition to serving as lead pastor of Church Without Religion in Lubbock, Texas. He is also the president of The Grace Message. His mission is to help people better understand the grace of God and see them enjoy freedom. He previously served as a professor of linguistics at the University of Notre Dame and Texas Tech University

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