How do we reproduce the life of Jesus? Hint: It’s not by trying harder!
This teaching by Pastor Greg Riether, the pastor of Healing Grace Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is powerful and this isn’t the only one that is. I’ve been devouring Pastor Greg’s messages on YouTube this past month or so and they are pure grace; therefore, I’m seeing positive changes in my heart and as a result, positive changes in my life.
I can’t even begin to express how important it is that the teaching you are hearing be Jesus-centered, grace-based teaching.
If you’ve ever been in a church service or listened to an audio teaching that is being taught from an old covenant perspective you’ve probably noticed that you feel pushed down and oppressed, as if you’ll never be able to do enough to measure up to God’s standard. It’s terrible. You can literally feel the heaviness in the room.
To be clear, I’m not saying the whole Bible, both old and new testament shouldn’t be preached because it should, but when Jesus died on the cross and rose again, it changed everything and I mean everything. Jesus ushered in the new covenant of God’s grace; therefore, all scripture should be taught through a new covenant perspective.
When you are in church or when you’re listening to a teaching you should be being reminded of what Jesus has done for you through His finished work on the cross. This should always be the central focus and when it is, you’ll find you feel lifted up and filled with hope.
Thankfully, there are more and more Jesus-centered, grace-based churches being started around the world; but regretfully there are many others who put a heavy load on people every week simply because they don’t teach the gospel – they don’t teach the good news. I believe this is why there are so many people who either don’t go to church or they don’t enjoy going to church. They are getting a steady diet of a mixed gospel which is not the true gospel.
On one hand, they are being told that God loves them unconditionally, but in the same sermon they are being told what they better do to earn God’s love.
Truth be told, if a person gets a revelation of God’s love for them, believe me, they are going to live a life full of good works and a life that blesses the Father’s heart. It’s the natural outgrowth of hearing the good news!
This is one reason why I share different teachings on my website with you, because my husband Steve and I know the value of continuing to hear the good news – the gospel of grace – day in and day out.
Steve and I are so hungry to know Jesus more and I know you are too! This is why we often have Jesus-centered, grace-filled teachings playing in our car, while we’re cooking a meal, cleaning up the kitchen or getting ready for the day.
I believe Pastor Greg Riether is one of those people you will want to add to your list of grace-based ministers whose messages you listen to on a regular basis because, as I said before, he is preaching messages that will point you to Jesus and leave you filled with hope!
I pray you enjoy this teaching as much as I did. You are going to hear a lot of amazing stories in conjunction with this message. Near the end, when Pastor Greg says they are going to receive communion, don’t turn the teaching off because he tells the best story.
Enjoy. You will be encouraged!
Greg Riether has been a pastor and teacher for 30 years. He is the author of The Real Grace Series (The Parables of Jesus, The Teachings of Jesus, The Miracles of Jesus), The Grace Minute Devotional (being released in December 2017) and The Aleph-Tav Old Testament. He is the Lead Pastor at Healing Grace Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visit him on the web at: www.healinggracetulsa.com.
If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!