Just because you know and have experienced grace does not mean you fully understand it. This book will help you experience the freedom found in knowing just how fully God is committed to loving YOU.FOREWORD BY LOUIE GIGLIO Rediscover the missing piece in what today’s Christians believe about the Christian life. As lead Pastor of one of America’s biggest churches, John Lindell went on a personal quest for answers and discovered the true meaning behind God’s grace, and when he came to see the full revelation of God’s commitment to us, it changed his life forever. In Soul Set Free, Lindell invites you on a life-changing journey through the Book of Romans. Learn to no longer view the gospel as anything less than a truth that sets your soul free. The good news of the gospel can be summed up in three parts: Christ died for our sins, we are forgiven through faith in Christ, and heaven is our reward upon death. However, none of these parts cover what transpired when we were saved. The gospel is even better than what we believe. It brings joy but it’s even better. It’s forgiveness of sins but it’s even better. It’s God sending His only Son but it’s even better.
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Pastor John Lindell is devoted to seeing the local church thrive and standing boldly for the cause of Christ. His heart for God and people is evident and exampled in his leadership at James River Church in Springfield, Missouri. From week to week, he speaks life-giving messages that are changing the landscape of ministry and church by challenging generations to rise up and live life fully in Christ.
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Peace With GodTherefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. —ROMANS 5:1 Too many Christians live in fear. They live an unsettled spiritual existence plagued with the nagging sense that they might not actually be saved. Every time an altar call is given or a gospel appeal is made, deep down they feel they might need to pray “the prayer” all over again. After all, since the last time they “received Jesus,” things haven’t gone that well. They entertained lust in their hearts or struggled with outbursts of anger. Surely their sinful missteps mean they have fallen from grace and their relationship with God has been compromised. So again and again they find themselves believing they need to be re-saved. Maybe this time it will take. Maybe this time they can really be sure. Maybe this will be the time when their salvation really begins to stick. Isn’t there something in the Bible somewhere about how if you get it wrong, it negates every bit of growth or goodness you’ve experienced up until that point, and now the divine umpire makes you begin at the starting line all over again? Isn’t that how the spiritual life works? Shockingly and mercifully, nothing remotely like that actually appears in the pages of Scripture. God does not make you start over every time you make a mistake. You do not have to ask God to save you over and over again just to make sure it “took.” There is something about the radical simplicity of salvation and our own innate sense of unworthiness that nudges us to disbelieve that God’s grace has staying power even when we fail. Some people struggle with the assurance of their salvation their entire lives to the point of real psychological damage. When you’ve come up under preaching, however well-intentioned, that leads you to believe salvation is based on your consistent good behavior, you begin to view salvation as a tenuous, fragile thing. You could be as quickly and easily lost as you could be saved, and live every waking moment looking for the reset button. Feeling that kind of uncertainty about your soul can infect every area of your life, making you constantly second-guess yourself. It can sabotage your joy and sap your confidence, infusing anxiety into almost everything you do. At this point in my life I’m convinced we experience this kind of constant anxiety about the state of our souls because we simply fail to grasp what a profound work God has already accomplished for us in justification. Our own humanity may always be feeble and fragile, but what God has accomplished in our salvation is anything but! Romans 5:1 is a significant hinge point for the entire book: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (emphasis added). Thus far Paul has established the universality of the sin problem and the lengths to which God has gone to address sin through the gift of justification. Now Paul will unpack the riches of a life lived on the other side of justification, the treasures to be excavated now that our salvation is firmly established. But we won’t be able to mine and explore all these riches if we are still looking back over our shoulder, still always going back to square one. When you are in Christ, peace with God is not a flickering, glimmering moment—it is an established fact that changes the trajectory of your journey forever.