Meeting Notes from Large Group Gatherings

(Note this is a new feature as of December 2016)

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12/11/2016 (Sun) Ransoms by Bishop Alan Bassette
12/18/2016 (Sun) Maturing Disciples by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/21/2016 (Wed) Knowing Who We Are and Who Christ Is by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/25/2016 (Sun) Having a Plan by Wayne Engram and follow up by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) Study the Word Daily by Brother Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) How Do I Go About a 21 Day Fast? A conversation between pastor and brother
01/01/2017 (Sun) Three Things We Need to Do in 2017 by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/08/2017 (Sun) Who Is Christ? By Pastor Andrew Traub
01/15/2017 (Sun) Things About Grace by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/15/2017 (Sun) Be Knowledgeable in the Word of God and Avoid False Doctrine by Martin Parker with follow up by Benjamin Arazu
01/18/2017 (Wed) Importance of Understanding by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Holy Communion by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Learning by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/25/2017 (Wed) The Identity of Believers by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/29/2017 (Sun) How to Avoid Panicking by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/01/2017 (Wed) The Danger of Religion by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/08/2017 (Wed) The Love of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/12/2017 (Sun) Keep the Fire Burning by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/15/2017 (Wed) Faithlessness and Discouragement by Bishop Alan Bassette
02/19/2017 (Sun) Bless the Lord by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) The Great Commission by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) Children's Time: The Blood of Christ by Martin Parker
03/05/2017 (Sun) How to Follow the spirit of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/12/2017 (Sun) Knowing the Love of Christ by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/19/2017 (Sun) Walking in God's Love by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/26/2017 (Sun) It is Finished! by Brother Wayne Engram
04/02/2017 (Sun) When did the old covenant end and the new covenant begin? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/05/2017 (Wed) The Law Written on Our Hearts is not the Ten Commandments by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/09/2017 (Sun) What is the Law Written on Our Hearts? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/16/2017 (Sun) The Resurrection is a Person, Not a One Day Event by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) Audio Recording on YouTube entitled 'Activating Prophecy' by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is Fully Forgiven by Brother Wayne Engram
04/30/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is a New Man by Martin Parker based on inspiration from Benjamin Arazu
05/07/2017 (Sun) What is Life? By Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Biblical Definition of Life (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Who is a mother? By Vivian Mommy" Arazu"
05/24/2017 (Wed) "Spirit of Faith" Notes and YouTube Video by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/28/2017 (Sun) Revival is Coming by 3 Guest Presenters
06/04/2017 (Sun) The Spirit of Faith (continued) - The Law of Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/07/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/11/2017 (Sun) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith Part 2 (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/14/2017 (Wed) Supernatural Manifestations by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/18/2017 (Sun) (Blessings of) Seeking the Face of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/21/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Releasing Faith Through Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/25/2017 (Sun) Culture of a Strong Church, a Culture of Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/28/2017 (Wed) How to Ask Things in Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/02/2017 (Sun) Worship is an Important Part of Prayer; Pray in Two Dimensions. by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/12/2017 (Wed) Two Dimensions to Prayer (cont) by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/16/2017 (Sun) Two Dimensions of Prayer Review and Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/23/2017 (Sun) Believers are taught to know and not to become by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/26/2017 (Wed) Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/30/2017 (Sun) Essence of Godly Knowledge (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/11/2018 (Sun) Know Your Nature by Benjamin Arazu
03/18/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Growth by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/01/2018 (Sun) Benefits of Resurrection by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/03/2018 (Sun) Righteousness - an ingredient to Spiritual Growth by Vivienna Arazu
07/01/2018 (Sun) Leading of the Spirit by Benjamin D. Arazu
09/16/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Warfare: Importance of Meditation by Benjamin D. Arazu

Date: 01/15/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: Things About Grace

Notes:

There are three things we need to know about grace. Things every one of us should understand. Understanding grace will help you in your faith and in your dealings with people in the church, and people in general.

First what is grace? (Titus 2:11-12) For the grace of God... in this context the grace of God is the heart of God. God is a merciful God. A God that forgives and heals. No matter what you've done in life He will pour out his love on you. Grace of God comes not because of what you've done or how hard you've prayed. God helps us and loves us because of his heart. It is this that leads us to salvation. Salvation means to be secured, to be rescued. It means, in this instance, that God has come to deliver us.

The word salvation (Titus 2:11) is referring to being delivered and that our deliverer is God. In Titus 3:4-5 we learn more about salvation. The word savior in Titus 3:4 means the one that delivers us. Nobody has the righteousness that requires God to come. Thankfully righteousness is not the requirement.

Salvation is like a person drowning in the water and somebody from nowhere dives into the water and pulls them out. It's not by their words or their righteousness that they were saved.

I am saved by grace. Come on you know you want to say it.

It's by grace (Ephesians 2:8) that you are saved. Not by yourself. It is a gift from God. Salvation comes by grace. Your dependency should be on God, not on anything else. I am so loved by God that He decided to die for me. (Say it, you'll feel better.)

It is by the blood of Christ that we are saved. Thank God for the blood of the Lamb. Rebuke demons in the name of the blood of Christ

We were dead because of sin.

Mercy (Ephesians 2:4) is giving you what you don't deserve. And God is rich with it. The first thing is to understand that you are loved by God. You are loved by the King of Kings. We were dead in sin (Ephesians 2:5) and we are loved by Him. We are alive in Christ. He loved us and then gave us a principle how we can live.

Don't pray to impress God. Pray because God loves you. God made us alive and being a child of God we have a conscience to feel bad when we hurt others so we strive to do that which is good.

He quickened us (Colossians 2:12-13) even when we were dead in sin. In baptism we are being forgiven in Him. All of our sins (not just some of them, but all of them) are forgiven. You must know that your salvation is secure as a child of God. By walking in the Word of God your sins are forgiven.

The next thing that you must discover is that this salvation is accessible by all people.

See Psalms 67:2 which is a prophecy that God was going to save the world and that that saving was by their own choice. Salvation is the only hope for people. No matter how rich or powerful you are, if you don't have Christ you are dead.

The hope (2 Thessalonians 2:16) of all people must be through this grace. Jesus was sent to save all people (Hebrews 2:9) regardless of where they were born or who they are.

The third thing to know is that grace teaches us how to live our life so that we can be effective.

Live a clean life, live soberly, and discipline yourself (Titus 2:12).

In Matthew 5:21 Jesus was quoting the law. The root of killing is anger. Kill the anger first. If you are not angry, you will not want to kill anyone. Grace teaches us so that we have a means to overcome.

Jesus came to fulfill the law. The Old Testament is Christ concealed and the New Testament is Christ revealed. In Matthew 5:27 the problem is your heart. It's our heart that causes us problems. Matthew 5:28 what Jesus was talking about was that adultery doesn't start in the bed. It starts in your heart.

So, don't be angry and check you heart. Be always faithful and obedient. Know that God loves you no matter who you are. Be a child of God and live according to the Word.