The Grace Message

Dr. Andrew Farley

The Power of Oneness – Part 3

August 20, 2023

Here’s my third and final message in our series titled “The Power of Oneness.” In this message, we explore the incredible truth that God has made us alive together with Christ. We delve into the significance of being crucified, buried, raised, and seated with Him and what it means that our lives are hidden in Christ. Christ is not just a part of our lives, but He is our life!

So, join me as we dive into the power of oneness with Jesus and discover the incredible implications it has for our lives. Don’t miss out on this life-changing message that’ll inspire and encourage you.

Discussion Questions – Part 3 of “The Power of Oneness”

1. How does the truth that we’ve been made alive together with Christ impact your understanding of your identity as a believer? How does it change the way you view yourself and your relationship with God?

2. Reflecting on the concept of being crucified, buried, raised, and seated with Christ, what does this mean for your old self and the power of sin in your life? How does it affect your daily walk with Christ?

3. Discuss the significance of circumcision in the spiritual sense. How does this truth free us from relying on external laws on rule-keeping?

4. How can we practically seek things above and set our minds on heavenly things in the midst of our daily lives? Share any thoughts that have helped you in this area.

5. Reflect on the truth that your life is hidden with Christ in God. How does this truth impact your perspective on trials, challenges, and the eternal security of your salvation?

6. Discuss the implications of Christ being your life. How does this truth shape your priorities, decisions, and the way you navigate relationships and circumstances?

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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.

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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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