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An EXCELLENT sermon by Dominic Smart, demonstrating how the Gospel alone is the directive for Christian living (continuing in grace):
Check out the two sermons I posted here on Romans 7…go to the top of right column.
A hearty thanks to Pastor Owen for both the helpful sermons and permitting me to post them here at Gospel Muse.
Lee Irons said: “I regard the distinctives of Reformed theology as supporting pillars that help us to understand the gospel more clearly and in a way that provides greater assurance to God’s people, but I do not view the supporting pillars as an end in themselves.”
Lee Irons said: “To exalt the Reformed confessions is to downplay the primary New Testament confession that “Jesus is Lord.” I’m not a Reformed person who happens to be a Christian. I’m a blood-bought Christian who happens to believe in the Reformed understanding of the gospel. And I do not view myself as a superior Christian for having this belief. It is only by the grace of God that I understand what I do of the grace of God, and even then I betray it all too often in my practice.”
Bill Mounce wrote: “In the New Covenant our old heart is removed and a new softer, pliable heart of flesh is put in its place. But if our heart is changed, is it possible for our lives also not to change? Of course not. Changed people live in a changed way. This is why judgment (outside of John) is always done on the basis of our lives (i.e., works). Our changed lives of obedience show the reality of the heart changed through faith. …This is the obedience of faith. It is an obedience that first shows itself in a response of faith, and an obedience that necessarily moves into a life of ever-increasing faithful obedience.”
Shane Becker wrote: “The centrality of the Christ and His Gospel is the great truth and wellspring from which all other realities in the Christian life are derived including our obedience.”