July 3, 2020
Jesus is Lord of all, but how does that relate to salvation? What's the difference between the objective lordship of Christ and the subjective lordship of Christ? Charlie examines some of the issues with the Lordship Salvation view and compare it to the gospel of God's free grace. You will hear about the lordship of Jesus Christ in relation to salvation in Acts 16:31. Also, you will hear what it means to confess Jesus as Lord in Romans 10:9-10. The lordship of Christ is essential to Christ's saving work, but that does not mean that someone must make Him master of all of his life in order to be saved. Salvation is through faith in Jesus who is Lord, but sanctification is by submission to Jesus as Lord and Master of one's life.
We must distinguish between justification truth and sanctification truth and between the condition for salvation and the conditions of discipleship. The Bible has examples of those who believed for salvation, but did not fully confess Jesus as Lord or submit entirely to Him.
June 25, 2020
What is the content of gospel? What is the condition for salvation? A look at the issues in Galatians 1 and First Corinthians 15 make clear the content and the condition of the gospel. There are distortions of the gospel, so beware. Make sure your gospel is clear!
The apostle Paul explained in Galatians 1 how he received the gospel directly from God and warned about false gospels. Then in 1 Corinthians 15 he declares the two great propositions of the gospel--the death of Christ for our sins and His resurrection. He reminds the Corinthian church that this is what he preached and what they believed unto salvation. You will hear about four different gospel presentations. One is based on works, another on faith plus works, another on faith that works, and finally faith alone.
June 18, 2020
About 2000 years ago, the apostle Paul (with his co-laborer Silas) answered a frightened prison guard’s question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” He answered simply, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household.” Since then, that simple answer has generated debate about its meaning.
Charlie discusses his latest GraceNotes regarding some common misunderstandings of Acts 16:31 which can be found here.
June 9, 2020
What is your motivation for serving God? What is your story? Why do you serve God?
Many come from an illegitimate perspective where they are motivated by status, power, popularity, or money. These stem from pride. On the other end of the spectrum, Lordship theology looks at things you should be doing to prove you're saved or to prove you're one of the elect. But can you really serve out of a pure selfless heart when this is your motivation? Is this really motivation out of love for God?
But why study motivation in the first place? Charlie found that there wasn't much written on this, especially from a free grace perspective. Grace is tied to the answer, we don't serve God in order to be saved, we serve God because we have been saved. Charlie focuses on legitimate motivations for serving God which includes things like love, gratitude, duty, and rewards.
For further reading checkout Charlie's Gracenote on this topic and be sure to share it with your friends!
June 4, 2020
Have you ever known a Christian who didn't act like it? How do we deal with these folks? How do we know if they're saved?
People are always asking..."what about my friend, he says he's a Christian, but he doesn't go to church, doesn't read the Bible, so is he saved?" The quick response is to assume they were never saved to begin with because they aren't showing "fruit". Some suggest that their salvation didn't stick or wasn't genuine. Still others suggest that they might have been saved, but have lost it.
These responses are typically man's way of looking at it, both compromise the gospel to some extent by either front-loading the gospel or back-loading it. Front-loading adds works to do in order to be saved where-as back-loading adds works to prove to yourself and others that you are saved. In either case, it's works which are highly subjective.
So how can we know if someone is a believer or not? Charlie dives into this providing several practical answers that don't involve compromise but stand on the authority of God's word.
June 1, 2020
Have you ever wondered how GraceLife Ministries got its start and what its purpose is? In this brief episode, Charlie explains how GraceLife Ministries started in response to the need for more teaching on grace and the clear gospel. GraceLife makes disciples how grace around the world who are making disciples of others. Hear how this is done in multiple ways.
For more information on GraceLife and resources available visit https://www.gracelife.org
May 29, 2020
How does grace relate to salvation? Is it free or costly? What is grace?
In this podcast Dr. Bing discusses the relationship between grace and eternal salvation. He compares and contrasts grace as unmerited favor or unconditional favor given to sinners as opposed to the idea of "costly" grace. As Dr. Bing notes, Grace is not expensive, it's not cheap, it's free.
Additionally Dr. Bing provides a primer on how grace relates to Faith, Repentance, Lordship, Assurance & Security, and our Motivation for Serving.
For more reading be sure to checkout GraceNotes.
May 23, 2020
Who is Dr. Bing? When was he saved? When did he become Free grace? When did he start GraceLife? What is his life verse? ...these questions and more are answered by Charlie in this special podcast episode where Charlie talks about his story and his prayer for you. So check it out and be sure to follow Simply By Grace!
You can also read more about Charlie, GraceLife, and his vision here at GraceLife.org.
May 21, 2020
Are you growing and if so in what direction? Are you like a well cared for rose bush or more like a wild vine, growing unchecked?
This message recorded from Charlie's studio focuses on Philippians 1:9-11; specifically how to pray for growing Christians.
The prayer Paul uses is a model for praying for believers and helping with each other's spiritual needs. It starts with love, centers on authentic character, and ends with being fruitful.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
May 15, 2020
Assurance of salvation, it is the bedrock of growth in a Christian's life. You can't be all that you should be when you doubt your salvation. Some of the NT's most vehement passages of warning and rebuke refutes the legalism and works theology that threatens to subvert a Christian's assurance of salvation. Dr. Bing takes us through the importance of assurance and how it impacts a believers growth and spirituality.
Read more about security of salvation with Charlie's GraceNotes.