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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!

Looking through the Lens of Grace (Part 2) NY

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

We will never have a firm grasp of the gospel of Jesus Christ if we do not recognize the contrast between the old and the new covenants. As Christians, we cannot simply read straight through the Bible and ignore the differences. The Old-Testament Law of Moses was true, in its time. However, when Jesus brought grace, the truth under the law gave way to the truth under grace; failure to realize this makes the Bible seem like it contradicts itself. One of the major differences between the old and the new is that although faith is not needed to live under the law, it is needed to live under grace. Before the cross, perfect performance was required in order to be blessed; after the cross, faith in what Jesus did is now the only requirement to receive blessings. The knowledge that we no longer have to work hard to be blessed, forgiven, and saved frees us from bondage to self-effort.

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Knowing God to Find His Will For Your Life - Pt 2

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

If we struggle with issues and problems, it may be because we are going through life without knowing God. A personal relationship with Him completely transforms our lives, and empowers us to do great things that we could never do on our own. Knowing God personally, instead of simply knowing about Him, multiplies His grace and peace in our lives. It strengthens our faith, brings forth the fruits of the spirit, and increases our love. In an age when most people are unsure of how they are supposed to live, a relationship with God reveals His specific will for our lives. This type of knowledge is an outflow of knowing Him. When others are wondering why they were born, spending time with God brings us clarity and purpose in this area.

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Looking through the Lens of Grace (Part 2)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Most churches still preach the covenant of the Law of Moses, which tells us we must perform in order to get God to bless us. This is correct, if we are still living by the law. However, the law spelled out hundreds of requirements in meticulous detail, and death was the punishment for breaking any part of it. It was given to curse the people, and it actually increased sin. No one could keep it until Jesus came; He successfully kept all the commandments, and shed His blood to forgive our sins and establish the covenant of grace. We are now free from the demands of the law, and blessed by our faith in what Jesus did for us. We can be thankful and grateful that grace has the power to do what the law never could.

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Before and After the Cross

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

The message of grace is vital to Christians, yet this message will mean nothing to us if we do not understand God’s nature under the covenant of grace. Our impression of God shapes how we experience Him; if we think He is a God who judges us, makes us sick, and kills us, we will not experience His forgiveness, healing, or deliverance. God deals with man through covenants, and there is a sharp contrast between the old and new covenants. We get the wrong impression of God if we look at Him in context of the things that happened before the cross, and fail to see Him in light of the things that happened after the cross. It boils down to an issue of not rightly dividing the Word. A true understanding of how grace impacts every area of our lives opens our spiritual eyes. Once we are solidly grounded in the differences between the old and new covenants, we will see God as He really is.

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Has The Holy Spirit Become Taboo?

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

As believers, we need the Holy Spirit operating in our lives. However, most churches reject Him because they do not understand Him. In light of this, we must ask ourselves if somehow we, too, have banned or excluded Him. The Holy Spirit is not simply a feeling; He is a real person and part of the Holy Trinity. We all were born with a God-given plan for our lives; the Spirit was sent to help us succeed in that mission. The reason Jesus was so successful in His ministry was because He completely depended on the Holy Spirit’s help. We have access to this same Spirit if we simply give Him permission to get involved with everything that concerns us.

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Do We Really Need God, or Can We Live Without Him?(Part 6)

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Many of us may have been taught that we must work hard to please God, so that He will do something good for us. This reflects the old-covenant mindset of the Law of Moses, which is a performance-based agreement. However, we are no longer under the law, but under grace. Under the new covenant of grace, the focus is not on what we do, but on faith in what Jesus Christ already did. We will never understand God’s true nature if we look at Him through the lens of the law. We can only see Him as He is when we look at Him through the lens of Jesus, who perfectly reflects God’s nature. God loves us and wants the type of personal relationship with us that was unavailable in the Old Testament; knowing Him intimately transforms our lives.

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