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Application Without Moralism

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Faith is confidence that I am a new creature in Christ Jesus. My identity is that of a child of God. I have that privilege now. I am a fundamentally different creature. By faith I apprehend that knowledge that I don't have to listen to the lie of Satan that says I can't change.

The message of Scripture, by faith received, is that you can change. God has provided the means. It's teaching people that they are new creatures in Christ Jesus; by virtue of their union with him they have power to do what God requires.

This article is a transcript of the Preaching Today audio #225 workshop. To order this Preaching Today audio tape, e-mail your request to store@ChristianityToday.com.
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Bryan Chapell is president of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also serves as professor of practical theology.

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cornelius henry

August 19, 2011  4:10pm

Excellennt article but i would love to be able to print out the whole article. Please make is so that it is printable.Thanks

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Jeri

August 19, 2011  2:56pm

Excellent discussion. It is rare, in my experience, for those preaching to actually invite application. Excellent exposition, sometimes wisely chosen illustration, but to bring it into today, into current experience towards discipleship? Rare. Leaves me to wonder whether the preacher is really involved (beyond commentary study) with the Word, and/or whether he is afraid to "bring it home"?

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Zam

August 16, 2011  3:34pm

Definitively Informative! Thanks.

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Kevin

May 19, 2011  9:46am

Not bad...although the statement, "to teach that God rejects for disobedience is ungracious", is contrary to the scriptures. Paul states that Jesus will come "in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord..." 2 Thess. 1:8-9. I would call that rejection for disobedience.

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Bill

May 17, 2011  3:25pm

An excellent, well thought out article that causes me to think more about my preaching. The thought: "Even when we preach grace, people hear law. It's the human reflex" is helpful. More realistic examples would have been helpful when moving to present imperative: "Jesus wore sandals and so should you" is cute and fills ths space, but I think we are usually more subtle and complex: "The Bible commands us to come out from among them and be separate; how can we have that tv in our home allowing all that garbage into our lives?...." Many thanks.

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Dick Braun

May 16, 2011  9:43am

Please put a print option on the site that allows the whole document to be printed at one time rather than in multiple sections.

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