Happy New Year!
For many, this is the year things are going to change.
At least they hope so.
They hope to see those pounds disappear on the scale. Or their savings accounts grow. Or they hope to start a new business, or learn a new hobby.
For many Christians, the new year means a new slate — a chance to live out their faith like they’ve always dreamed about doing.
In other words, the new year welcomes a chance to live differently.
In 2017, we are going to talk about living differently in our marriages, our families, our churches, and in this world.
And as believers we know that our lives should look different. Something like Paul described for the Colossians...
so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God... (Colossians 1:10)
According to this, to live differently means a life that is
- Worthy of the Lord,
- Pleasing to Him in every way,
- Bearing fruit, and
- Growing in the knowledge of God.
This is a tall order. Think about it. How can ordinary people like you and me live lives worthy of the Lord? The answer is simple — we have an extraordinary Savior.
His life is different from anything in the world. And it is his life in you that sets you apart. But there is still this nagging, lingering question — do I have what it takes?
I’m not talking about trying harder or doing more. I am talking about the courage to live by grace through faith here in this crazy, sin-filled world. To trust Jesus even when your own fears and insecurities muddy the waters.
For many years, these two obstacles seemed too big to overcome. I accepted as normal a life of struggle and frustration, of fear and doubt. Sadly, this is where so many Christians find themselves today.
But that’s not different. It fits the mold of the world quite well.
I wrote Simple Gospel, Simply Grace to help believers break free from that mold — to truly live a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing in every way.
I want to send you a copy as my way of saying thanks for renewing your partnership with Basic Gospel in 2017.
One reader had this to say about the book.
I thought maybe we didn't need another "grace" book but this book is much more than just another book. It's necessary. It's poignant and compelling and >everything we need to know about the grace of God and how marvelously perfect is God's plan for our life in Christ. Thank you Bob for paying great attention to all that needed to be addressed, this book is complete and it should be a vital part of any thinking Christian's library.
Please request your copy when you send your first 2017 gift.
You can live differently, because Jesus lives in you.
And this is your calling. As Paul put it, you’ve been raised to walk in the newness of life. Together, let’s live differently in 2017 by grace through faith in Jesus.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Alive in Him,
The offer, Simple Gospel, Simply Grace, associated with this letter has expired, however you may purchase it online here or request it by phone at 844.412.2742.