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Select the topic or date of your choice to view a detailed outline of the teachings. Each time you study the Word, you position yourself to receive divine direction from God. When you spend time researching the Scriptures, you acquire wisdom for every situation in life. As you study, expect to find answers to your questions and solutions to your problems!

No More Self-Righteousness

By Creflo Dollar

SUMMARY

Religion makes us think that what we can do is better than what Jesus has already done. If we are not careful, we will keep vacillating between faith in what He did and faith in what we can do for Him through our own performance. When our self-efforts are aimed at trying to get Christ to do something for us that He already did, we contradict the words He spoke on the cross just before He died when He said, “It is finished.” Religion has been telling us for many years that we must work to qualify to receive what Jesus has made available to us, so the concept of receiving by faith may seem foreign to us at first. Religion and self-righteousness are the same things, and we must move away from both. There is a difference between self-righteousness and righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ. As believers, we must be able to distinguish between the two.

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Eternal Holiness

By Creflo Dollar

SUMMARY

Holiness means to be uncommon, to stand out from the rest of the world. When we are in Christ, He makes us holy and sanctified because of who He is. We receive our identity from Him by faith. Under the old covenant, the priests had to atone for sin by animal sacrifices done every year, but because the old order could never permanently get rid of sin, God abolished the old and established the new. Under the new order, we are made holy through the body of Jesus Christ, who sacrificed Himself for sin once, for all eternity. The world may think holiness is a particular type of conduct, but it is actually a person, and His name is Jesus.

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Grace-Based Holiness

By Creflo Dollar

SUMMARY

We hear much said about holiness, yet many of us may not understand what it really means to be holy. Holiness does not come from our own actions, but it is a result of getting born again and being in Christ. Because He is everything good and pleasing to God in human form, when we are in Jesus and He is in us, we become what He is. On our own we will not be able to see the fruit of wisdom, righteousness, and sanctification; we only see it when we are grafted into the root. Jesus is that root. Religion tells us sanctification is a process but it actually happens immediately when we get born again, even if we do not see the evidence right away. When our spiritual eyes are opened in this area, we see that true holiness is based in grace.

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Life Before and After the Fall

By Taffi Dollar

SUMMARY

From the very beginning, it was God’s intent for the relationship between Himself and mankind to be good. When He created the earth and everything in it, God declared it good; and when He created man and woman in His image, He declared it very good. Life before the fall was full of peace, joy, and happiness, according to God’s plan. After Adam and Eve sinned, Jesus came to restore the Father’s plan so that mankind could once again experience the good life. Fast forwarding to present times, God’s intent has not changed at all; it is still His plan that all is well with us. Everything He does is for our benefit. Unlike before, God is no longer angry with us, and His grace reconciles us back to Himself.

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I Have a Past, but I Don’t Live There

By Creflo Dollar

SUMMARY

We all have a past but, as believers, we do not have to live there. It may influence us, but it does not have to define us. Everyone has done things they regret, but our past does not have to poison our future. The apostle Paul, who had an infamous past, is a good example of this way of thinking. If the enemy is going to attack us in any area, it will always be in an attempt to tie us to what happened before. It is not good for us to get stuck in our past; if we realize that we have camped there too long, we must let go of it and move on. When we encounter people who try to get us to live in the past, we must deliberately reach out to what lies in the future.

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Obedience to the Law vs Obedience to the Faith (Part 2)

By Creflo Dollar

SUMMARY

As Christians we want to obey God, but there is a difference between obedience under the law and obedience to the faith. Because both the dispensation of Adam and the dispensation of Mosaic law failed, God established a third agreement between Himself and Jesus, the current dispensation of grace. If we obey any other dispensation than this one, we will see no results in our lives. The law was based on mankind’s ability to obey, first, to influence what God could do for the people, but grace is based on what Jesus has already done for all of us. Under the law, the people could never keep all of God’s commandments because their self-efforts made them the root; under grace, Jesus has become the root and we bear the fruit. God shows us mercy by not giving us the bad that we deserve, and He shows us grace by giving us the good that we do not deserve. We are now the beneficiaries of this grace covenant which empowers us to be obedient to Jesus’ faith.

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