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Sunday Bible Study

Building on Christ Our Rock

A podcast of the 9:30 Sunday Bible study preceding each week's service.

Testimonies on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit | Stories from Three GCF Members

Grace Christian Fellowship | July 17, 2017

Testimonies from three members of GCF on their experiences with the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

God’s “Promise” for All Believers | Element 7, Part O

Greg Weis | July 11, 2017

Imparting or Receiving Holy Spirit Baptism - God’s “Promise” for All Followers / Believers (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part O)

Paul Brings "The Promise" to Ephesus | Element 7, Part N

Greg Weis | July 3, 2017

Example 5 of “The Promise” Fulfilled: 5 Biblical Patterns from 5 Biblical Examples (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part N)

“The Promise” Comes to Cornelius & the Gentiles | Element 7, Part N

Greg Weis | June 26, 2017

Example 4 of “The Promise” Fulfilled: 5 Biblical Patterns from 5 Biblical Examples (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part N)

“The Promise” Comes to Saul On the Road to Damascus | Element 7, Part N

Greg Weis | June 21, 2017

Example 3 of “The Promise” Fulfilled: 5 Biblical Patterns from 5 Biblical Examples (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part N)

Pentecost | Element 7, Part N

Greg Weis | June 7, 2017

Pentecost: "The Promise" Arrives in Power (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part N)

The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus | Element 7, Part M (Continued)

Greg Weis | May 30, 2017

The pattern and progression of the Holy Spirit's role in the life and ministry of Jesus (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part M continued)

The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus | Element 7, Part M (Continued)

Greg Weis | May 22, 2017

The pattern and progression of the Holy Spirit's role in the life and ministry of Jesus (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part M continued)

The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus | Element 7, Part M

Greg Weis | May 17, 2017

The pattern and progression of the Holy Spirit's role in the life and ministry of Jesus (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part M)

More on Rediscovering & Restoring Biblical Patterns | Element 7, Part L

Greg Weis | May 10, 2017

The necessity of rediscovering and restoring Biblical patterns (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part L)

Rediscovering & Restoring Biblical Patterns | Element 7, Part K

Greg Weis | May 2, 2017

The necessity of rediscovering and restoring Biblical patterns (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part K)

The Holy Spirit in the New Testament | Element 7, Part G

Greg Weis | April 25, 2017

The Activities of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part G)

The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament | Element 7, Part F

Greg Weis | April 17, 2017

The Activities of the Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Scriptures (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part F)

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit (Continued) | Element 7, Part E

Greg Weis | April 10, 2017

Ten ministries of the Holy Spirit (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part E continued)

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit | Element 7, Part E

Greg Weis | April 3, 2017

The function and ministry of the Holy Spirit. (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part E)

The Person of the Holy Spirit | Element 7, Part D

Greg Weis | March 19, 2017

The Holy Spirit and His attributes as a member of the Trinity. (Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series, Element 7, Part D)

Embracing a Generous Lifestyle | Lent & Almsgiving

Jason Hale | March 13, 2017

An introduction to the place of charity and generosity in Lent and the Christian life

A Primer on Lent | Romans 5:12-21

Jason Hale | March 6, 2017

The value of using the historical Church calendar and two specific emphases for the season of Lent.

Who is the Holy Spirit? | Element 7, Part C

Greg Weis | March 1, 2017

More on the Pattern of 5 First Steps into the Kingdom of Christ - Eight Biblical Word Pictures of the Holy Spirit.

Conditions and Rewards of Fasting | Matthew 6:16-18

Greg Weis | February 25, 2017

Jesus' teaching on fasting in the Sermon on the Mount

Element 8 Previewed (Part C) | Maturing in Christ

Greg Weis | February 14, 2017

A preview of the eighth element of the eight essential elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel - Maturing in Jesus Christ, Growing Progressively into Grace Upon Grace

Element 8 Previewed (Part B) | Maturing in Christ

Greg Weis | February 11, 2017

A preview of the eighth element of the eight essential elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel - Maturing in Jesus Christ, Growing Progressively into Grace Upon Grace

Element 8 Previewed | Maturing in Christ

Greg Weis | February 1, 2017

A preview of the eighth element of the eight essential elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel - Maturing in Jesus Christ, Growing Progressively into Grace Upon Grace

Element 7 Preview (Continued) | Five First Steps

Greg Weis | January 24, 2017

A preview of the seventh element of the eight essential elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel - the pattern of the first five steps into the Kingdom of Christ

Element 7 Previewed | Five First Steps

Greg Weis | January 16, 2017

A preview of the seventh element of the eight essential elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel - the pattern of the first five steps into the Kingdom of Christ

Element 6 Reviewed | Receiving Jesus Christ

Greg Weis | January 9, 2017

A review of the sixth element of the eight essential elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel - receiving or responding to Jesus Christ, the key components of soteriology

Element 5 Reviewed | Jesus Christ, the Only Mediator

Greg Weis | December 21, 2016

A review of the fifth element of the eight essential elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel - an Intro to Christology, Jesus Christ as the Only Mediator, Bridge, or Solution

Element 4 Reviewed | Historical Narrative of Israel

Greg Weis | December 15, 2016

A review of the fourth element of the eight essential elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel - the Historical Narrative of Israel and Warnings of Judgement

Element 3 Reviewed | The Ten Commandments

Greg Weis | December 5, 2016

A review of the third element of the eight essential elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel - the Ten Commandments.

Element 2 Reviewed | The Attributes of Man

Greg Weis | December 3, 2016

The attributes of man expressed in terms of key questions answered by world views.

Element 1 Reviewed | The Attributes of God

Greg Weis | November 23, 2016

An introduction to World Views and a review of Element 1 of the 8 Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel - the Attributes of God

Elements 0 and 1 Reviewed | Intro & The Beginning of the Bad News

Greg Weis | November 16, 2016

A review of the introduction and first element in the Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series: Evangelism & Discipleship, Gospel Essential Attributes of God

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part W | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | November 9, 2016

Elected, Chosen, Foreknown and Predestined

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part V | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | November 1, 2016

Toward a Biblical Understanding of Sin - Total Depravity and Sin Nature.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part U | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | October 26, 2016

Original sin, total depravity, and our sin nature.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part T | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | October 18, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Adoption Into God's Family: Succession, Inheritance, Dominion, and Blessing

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part S | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | October 11, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Entering into eight exchanges in Christ.

Love God with All Your Work | Colossians 3:23-24

Jason Hale | October 5, 2016

Stewardship and responsibility in the Kingdom of God

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part R | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | September 28, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Justification by Grace through Faith.

Cultivating a Kingdom Culture of Continual Catechism | Catechism Mini-Series Chapter 3

Greg Weis | September 21, 2016

GCF Foundational & Equipping Biblical Studies & Theology Classes - "Cultivating as a Community a Kingdom Culture of Continual Catechism"

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part Q | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | September 14, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel. Antidotes to Performance-Based Mindsets aka Keys to Grace Based Living.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part P | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | September 5, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel. Grace-Based Vs. Performance-Based (Our Life Journey).

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part O | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | August 31, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Detecting Performance-Based Approaches to the Gospel.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part N | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | August 27, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. More Biblical Vocabulary of Salvation: Grace Upon Grace Reviewed.

Rediscovering & Restoring His Pattern | Introduction

Greg Weis | August 16, 2016

An introduction to restoring a Biblical perspective.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part M | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | August 10, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Biblical vocabulary of salvation - belief, believe, and faith.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part L | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | August 2, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Biblical Vocabulary of Salvation - Reconcile (Reconciliation) & Redefined Relationships.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part K | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | July 28, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel. More Biblical vocabulary of salvation - renunciation and restitution.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part J | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | July 21, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Biblical vocabulary of salvation continued - repentance versus remorse.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part I | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | July 11, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. More Biblical Vocabulary of Salvation - a survey of repentance in the New Testament.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part H | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | July 7, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Biblical Vocabulary of Salvation - Repentance Reprioritized.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part G | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | June 28, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. More Biblical Vocabulary of Salvation - Repentance Defined, Prioritized, and Introduced.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part F | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | June 22, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. More introduction to the Biblical vocabulary of salvation - contrite and contrition.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part E | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | June 16, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. More introduction to the Biblical vocabulary of salvation - confession and contrition.

The Prayer Life of Jesus | Mark 6:7-56

John Weis | June 2, 2016

Christ's teaching and practice of prayer and practical steps for us to cultivate a lifestyle of prayer.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part C | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | May 25, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Further introduction to the Biblical vocabulary of salvation.

Diagnosing and Overcoming Hindrances to Being Baptized in The Holy Spirit | Holy Spirit Mini-Series, Part 1

Greg Weis | May 21, 2016

Diagnosing, testing and overcoming hindrances to being baptized in the Holy Spirit, including five common hindrances to being baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part B | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | May 10, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. A continued introduction to the Biblical vocabulary of salvation.

Receiving Jesus Christ - Part A | Element 6 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | May 4, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Introduction to Biblical Vocabulary of Salvation.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part Zd | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | April 26, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Judgment in God's creative covenantal processes.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part Zc | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | April 21, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel. The promise of Christ's Second Coming (Advent).

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part Zb | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | April 11, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Jesus Christ's present reign.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part Z | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | April 4, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Present Reign of Christ and the Purpose(s) of Pentecost.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part Y | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | March 30, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The ministry of Jesus and the promise(s) of Pentecost.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part X | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | March 17, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The historical importance of the Ascension.

Live the Shoot Out Lifestyle | One of the Most Important of All True Life Lessons

Greg Weis | March 9, 2016

Avoiding the "shoot out" process of talking issues through and being quick to forgive will stunt spiritual growth.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part W | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | March 2, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Resurrection - the lynchpin of our lives.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part V | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | February 23, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The necessity and beauty of the atonement.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part U | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | February 17, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel. The Atonement in Practical Perspective - Eight Exchanges Procured by Christ.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part S | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | February 1, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Parables of Prophetic Prosecution in YHWH's Covenant Lawsuit.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part R | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | January 27, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Introduction to "Prophetic Prosecutor of YHWH's Covenant Lawsuit."

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part Q | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | January 20, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel. Basic Christology continued: types of Christ found throughout the Old Testament.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part P | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | January 13, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Jesus' fulfillment of prophecies and types throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part O | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | January 6, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Ministry of Jesus: Continuation to Completion of the Conquest - Building the Kingdom City.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part N | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | January 2, 2016

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Ministry of Jesus: Continuation to Completion of the Conquest By the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part M | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | December 26, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. An introduction to cessationism vs. New Testament apostolic continuationism.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part L | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | December 16, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Jesus Christ's ministry of salvation included more than the forgiveness of sins and salvation from eternal punishment.

Rediscovery & Restoration of Biblical Christianity | Overview and Q&A

Greg Weis | December 10, 2015

An introduction to the rediscovery and restoration of Biblical Christianity. Answer to a question on confession of sins in worship.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part K | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | December 1, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel. Christ and the disciples' trip to Caesarea Philippi and its importance in Christ's plans for building His church.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part J | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | November 23, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Continued focus on Jesus' disciple-making model.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part I | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | November 17, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Jesus' declarations at the beginning of His ministry and His pattern of discipleship.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part H | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | November 11, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel. Christology and Jesus' temptations in the wilderness.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part G | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | November 5, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Jesus' life pattern, growth in grace and baptisms.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part F | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | October 30, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The importance of the doctrines of the virgin birth and Jesus' sinless nature and life.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part E | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | October 21, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. New Testament teachings on the Deity of Christ - Christ as the Tabernacle, Christ versus Anti-Christ, and Christ a Very-Present Help.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part D | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | October 14, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Didactic (straight-forward teaching) perspective on the Deity of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part C | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | October 7, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. An overview of eight critical characteristics of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part B | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | September 29, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Further study of some of Jesus' "I am" statements in the Gospels.

Jesus Christ the Solution - Part A | Element 5 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | September 26, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Introductory Christology and Jesus' "I am" statements.

Using Elements 1 to 4 | Opening Blind Eyes to the Gap

Greg Weis | September 15, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. A recap of the good and bad news found in the first four elements of the Gospel.

Historical Narrative of Israel - Part E | Element 4 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | September 8, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Types and images of Christ in the historical narrative of Israel.

Historical Narrative of Israel - Part D | Element 4 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | September 3, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Why recounting the history of Israel in presenting the Gospel is important.

Historical Narrative of Israel - Part C | Element 4 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | August 27, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Apostles' use of the historical narrative of Israel in presenting the Gospel in Acts.

Historical Narrative of Israel - Part B | Element 4 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | August 19, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Apostles use the Hebrew Scriptures to preach the Gospel and begin forming the Christian Scriptures.

Historical Narrative of Israel - Part A | Element 4 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | August 19, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Gospel has bad news and good news - there is judgement, but mercy triumphs over judgment.

The Ten Commandments - Part F | Element 3 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | August 12, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The implications of antinomianism, including lawless, relativistic society.

The Ten Commandments - Part E | Element 3 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | August 5, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The implications of antinomianism and the difference between externalism and true regeneration.

The Ten Commandments - Part D | Element 3 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | July 29, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Ten Commandments and their case laws in the New Testament.

The Ten Commandments - Part C | Element 3 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | July 21, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The three ongoing purposes of God's law.

The Ten Commandments - Part B | Element 3 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | July 13, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Jesus came not to abolish God's law, but to fulfill it. Paul teaches that faith does not nullify, but upholds the law.

The Ten Commandments - Part A | Element 3 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | July 7, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. The Ten Commandments and case laws in the Old and New Testaments.

The Attributes of Mankind - Part D | Element 2 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | June 30, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Seven characteristics of mankind's fallen nature.

The Attributes of Mankind - Part C | Element 2 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | June 23, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Mankind is created in God's image and created for eternal purpose.

The Attributes of Mankind - Part B | Element 2 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | June 16, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. Worldviews answer three questions about the intrinsic nature of human beings: Does mankind have a moral predisposition? Do humans have innate value? Is character and behavior formed primarily by nature or environment?

The Attributes of Mankind - Part A | Element 2 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | June 13, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. An introduction to a Biblical anatomy of psychology. Are man's body, soul and spirit inseparable or distinct?

The Attributes of God | Element 1 of the Biblical Christian Gospel

Greg Weis | June 3, 2015

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel Series. What is God like? What is His nature? Which attributes are unique to Him and which do we share to some extent?

Introduction to Proclaiming the Gospel | Eight Essential Elements Part B

Greg Weis | May 27, 2015

An overview of elements of Biblical Christianity and the motivation for proclaiming the Biblical Gospel to the lost.

Eight Essential Elements of the Biblical Christian Gospel | Introduction

Greg Weis | May 19, 2015

An overview of evangelism, touching on lifestyle evangelism vs. proclamation evangelism, pre-evangelism and eight essential elements of the Biblical Gospel.

More Mountains in Matthew | More Repeating Word Pictures from Genesis 1-3

Greg Weis | May 12, 2015

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 4E. The use of the Biblical word picture of mountains in Matthew's Gospel.

Mountains in Matthew | More Repeating Word Pictures from Genesis 1-3

Greg Weis | May 5, 2015

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 4D. The word picture theme of mountains that begins in Genesis continues throughout the book of Matthew.

Old Testament Mountains | More Repeating Word Pictures in Genesis 1-3

Greg Weis | April 28, 2015

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 4C. In Scripture, mountains are where the heavenly sanctuary and earth meet, a place where God makes covenant with His people.

Grace Upon Grace | A Review

Greg Weis | April 21, 2015

A review of Chapters 1 & 2 in the Grace Upon Grace series. A full definition of grace and four incorrect approaches to grace.

Repeating Word Picture Themes in Genesis 1-3 | How To Read the Bible for All It's Worth, Part B

Greg Weis | April 13, 2015

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 4B. Major word picture themes that are introduced in Genesis 1-3 and repeated throughout Scripture.

Eight Exchanges Made at Easter | Restoration Through the Cross

Greg Weis | April 6, 2015

An overview of eight things that are exchanged through Christ's death and resurrection, including sin, alienation and death.

Introduction to Repeating Word Picture Themes | How To Read the Bible for All It's Worth, Part A

Greg Weis | April 4, 2015

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 4A. An introduction to some foundational hermeneutical principles and the difference between reading the Bible literally and literarily, especially in regards to Biblical word pictures.

Beyond Redemption to Restoration | Major Biblical Themes Part L

Greg Weis | March 28, 2015

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3L. The Biblical theme of Redemption is only part of the greater, central theme of Restoration.

Plumbing the Depths of Man's Fall | Major Biblical Themes Part K

Greg Weis | March 17, 2015

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3K. An introduction to Biblical Psychology. Man is a tri-partite being and all three parts have been corrupted by the fall.

World Views | Major Biblical Themes Part J

Greg Weis | March 10, 2015

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3J. An introduction to world views, paradigms and presuppositional apologetics.

Introduction to Creationism vs. Scientism | Major Biblical Themes Part I

Greg Weis | March 3, 2015

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3I. An introduction to some of the Scriptures foundational to an understanding of creationism vs. scientism.

Creation's Foundational Significance | Major Biblical Themes Part H

Greg Weis | February 23, 2015

God is both the source of nature and existence, as well as its telos (end, goal, purpose). God's creation of the universe is foundational for all other Biblical themes

Creation Scriptures Survey | Major Biblical Themes Part G

Greg Weis | February 17, 2015

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3G. An introduction to the topic of creation and its relation to covenant and eternal decree.

The Boomerang Effect | 1 Corinthians 15:46

Greg Weis | February 10, 2015

The "boomerang effect," that is, that our actions bear fruit according to its kind, is a Kingdom principle. This principle encourages us to work on our own spiritual growth rather than condemning others.

Vision Casting | GCF Summer of 2015

Greg Weis | February 2, 2015

Vision casting for training a second tier of "fishers of men" during the summer of 2015.

The Church | The Community of Christ

Ray Nethery | January 27, 2015

Guest message from Ray Nethery, President Emeritus of the Alliance for Renewal Churches. The body of Christ is one holy, universal and apostolic church.

Introduction to the Continuity of Biblical Imagery | Old Testament to New Testament

Greg Weis | January 27, 2015

Old Testament Optimization Series, Chapter 3. Old Testament word pictures and symbolism are directly and intentionally continued into the New Testament.

The Biblical Duty of Tithing | 1 Corinthians 9:1-14

John Weis | January 20, 2015

Paying the tithe is paying tribute to King Jesus. But this is not forced tribute, demanded by a tyrant conquerer. This is tribute given to the King whom you love.

Three Mindsets to See Jesus in the Old Testament | Part B

Greg Weis | January 5, 2015

Old Testament Optimization Series, Chapter 1. All of the Old Testament points forward to Christ. Christ is not only revealed in the prophecies of the Old Testament, but also in the story of Israel, the Law of God, and the Wisdom Literature.

Three Mindsets to See Jesus in the Old Testament | Part A

Greg Weis | December 29, 2014

Old Testament Optimization Series, Chapter 1. All of the Old Testament points forward to Christ. The first two ways to see Christ in the Old Testament are through the four Old Testament offices and through the prophecies that Christ fulfilled.

John Mark | Introduction to the Second New Testament Author

Greg Weis | December 28, 2014

Search the Scriptures Series. The second author of the new testament, John Mark, shows how the gifts and call of God are irrevocable - God can restore the weak and fallen.

Matthew | Introduction to the First New Testament Author

Greg Weis | December 17, 2014

Search the Scriptures Series. The first author of the new testament, Matthew, teaches us two lessons - God's glorious intentions in calling and redemption and the ministry of Christ is on the other side of the cross.

The Dominion Mandate | Major Biblical Themes Part F

Greg Weis | December 11, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3F. The dominion mandate has been and always will be God's purpose for His redeemed covenant people.

Two People Groups (Reviewed) | Major Biblical Themes Part E

Greg Weis | December 2, 2014

Another major theme of the whole Bible is the people of light vs. the people of darkness. The one is marked by their trust in God and His ways and the other is marked by their pride.

Tools for Disciplined Living | Schedules & Lists

Jason Hale | November 24, 2014

Four practical tools to use in establishing habits of discipline living.

Discipline | Purpose & Practice

Jason Hale | November 18, 2014

The purpose behind goal-setting and self-discipline ultimately should be the glorification of Christ. Recommended reading: The Disciplined Life by Richard Taylor.

Tools for Goal Setting | Tracking Your Progress

Jason Hale | November 11, 2014

A review of the principles of goal setting and a survey of three tracking tools to use in progressing towards your goals.

Covenant Theology (Reviewed) | Major Biblical Themes Part D

Greg Weis | October 28, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3D. Covenant theology is an interpretative paradigm by which one views all of Scripture in light of God's covenants within the Trinity and with mankind.

Eternal Decree | Major Biblical Themes Part B

Greg Weis | October 28, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3B. God's Kingdom plan in Creation is and must be His ongoing, current and eternal plan. His attributes, purpose, law and ways never change. He, His plans and His administration are progressively revealed.

Covenant (Reviewed) | Major Biblical Themes Part C

Greg Weis | October 20, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3C. Common characteristics and eight ingredients of all Biblical Covenants.

The Plenary Inspiration of Scripture | Introduction to Major Biblical Themes

Greg Weis | October 6, 2014

The Kingdom of God, Chapter 3A. In preparation for reviewing the major themes contained in Scripture, a study of why major Biblical themes are important, that is, that all Scripture is written by one Author for one unfolding eternal decree.

The Kingdom of God Defined | What in God's Earth is the Kingdom of Heaven? - Part C

Greg Weis | September 29, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 2C. The remaining of twelve defining statements about the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God Defined | What in God's Earth is the Kingdom of Heaven? - Part B

Greg Weis | September 22, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 2B Revised. Five more defining statements about the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God Defined | What in God's Earth is the Kingdom of Heaven? - Part A

Greg Weis | September 15, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 2A Revised. The first six of twelve defining statements about the Kingdom of God.

Spiritual Warfare | The Nature of the Enemy

Greg Weis | September 8, 2014

Effective Corporate Kingdom Prayer Series, Chapter 3G - Satan, the adversary, is opposite God in character and intention but not equal in divinity or power. We are encouraged by Scripture to be innocent in regards to the "deep things of Satan" (Rev. 2:24) but "not ignorant of his schemes" (2 Cor. 2:11).

Spiritual Warfare | Reality, Geography & Legalities

Greg Weis | September 1, 2014

Effective Corporate Kingdom Prayer Series, Chapter 3F - To engage in spiritual warfare, it is important to first understand what the Bible reveals about the source, geography and legalities of spiritual warfare.

Five Types of Prayer | Principles of Effective Intercession

Greg Weis | August 25, 2014

Effective Corporate Kingdom Prayer Series, Chapter 3D - Effective intercession begins with a burden from the heart of God given by the Holy Spirit.

Seven Keys to Effective Kingdom Prayer | Keys 2-4

Greg Weis | August 11, 2014

Effective Corporate Kingdom Prayer Series, Chapter 2B. Relational faith, humility and harmonious relationships are three more keys to effective prayer.

Seven Keys to Effective Kingdom Prayer | Key 1

Greg Weis | August 4, 2014

Effective Corporate Kingdom Prayer Series, Chapter 2A. One of the first keys to effective prayer is to pray according to God's will. What is the will of God?

Seven Inevitable Institutions of Government | The Church

Greg Weis | July 28, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 7A. All societies are structured with seven governmental institutions. The church is the third part of the "three-legged stool" upon which all institutions rest.

Seven Inevitable Institutions of Government | The Family

Greg Weis | July 28, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 7A. All societies are structured with seven governmental institutions. The family is the second part of the "three-legged stool" upon which all institutions rest.

Seven Inevitable Institutions of Government | The Individual

Greg Weis | July 15, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 7A. All societies are structured with seven governmental institutions. The individual (self-government) is one part of the "three-legged stool" upon which all institutions rest.

Seven Inevitable Institutions of Government | Introduction

Greg Weis | July 7, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 7. All societies are structured with seven governmental institutions: individuals, families, religious institutions, educational systems, economic organizations and systems, media and social mores, and civil government.

Major Biblical Themes | Part D: Two People Groups (Continued)

Greg Weis | June 30, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3D. Since Cain killed Abel, there have been two people groups on the earth: People of Light (who trust in God) vs. People of Darkness (who are slaves to their pride).

Major Biblical Themes | Part D: Two People Groups

Greg Weis | June 23, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3D. Since Cain killed Abel, there have been two people groups on the earth: People of Light (who trust in God) vs. People of Darkness (who are slaves to their pride).

Major Biblical Themes | Part C: Covenant Theology (Continued)

Greg Weis | June 16, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3C. A continuation of the introduction to Covenant Theology with emphasis on the continuity between Biblical covenants, Jesus and the Eternal Covenant, and benefits of an Eternal Grace/One Covenant Theology.

Major Biblical Themes | Part C: Covenant Theology

Greg Weis | June 9, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3C. An introduction to Covenant Theology - Covenant Theology as an interpretative paradigm, the two types of Scriptural covenants and Covenant Theology contrasted with Dispensationalism.

Major Biblical Themes | Part B: Covenant

Greg Weis | June 2, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3B. An introduction to the Biblical view of history and the eight components of all Biblical covenants.

Major Biblical Themes | Part A: Eternal Decree

Greg Weis | May 27, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3A. God's Kingdom plan in Creation is and must be His ongoing, current and eternal plan. His attributes, purpose, law and ways never change. He, His plans and His administration are progressively revealed.

The Kingdom of God Defined | Part B

Greg Weis | May 19, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 2B. Twelve defining statements about the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God Defined | Part A

Greg Weis | May 19, 2014

The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 2A. Twelve defining statements about the Kingdom of God.

Seven Principles of All GCF Outreaches | Part F

Greg Weis | May 6, 2014

Seven principles of GCF outreach originally presented at the 2014 ARC conference. The last two concepts, Pole Fishing vs. Net Fishing and Biblically Measuring Conversion, Growth, Health and Discipleship, are covered in this message.

Seven Principles of All GCF Outreaches | Part E

Greg Weis | April 28, 2014

Seven principles of GCF outreach originally presented at the 2014 ARC conference. The fifth concept, Paul's Modus Operandi, is covered in this message including the model of the Antioch church and the importance of the next generation.

Seven Principles of All GCF Outreaches | Part D

Greg Weis | April 22, 2014

Seven principles of GCF outreach originally presented at the 2014 ARC conference. The fourth concept, Belonging Before Converting, is covered in this message, with particular emphasis on the "prenatal" development of future disciples.

Seven Principles of All GCF Outreaches | Part C

Greg Weis | April 15, 2014

Seven principles of GCF outreach originally presented at the 2014 ARC conference. The third and fourth concepts, Decision Making vs. Disciple Making and Belonging Before Converting, are considered in this message. (See our Sermon of the Week podcast for Part B.)

Seven Principles of All GCF Outreaches | Part A

Greg Weis | April 7, 2014

Seven principles of GCF outreach originally presented at the 2014 ARC conference. The first two concepts (Fishing is Following and Going Before We Are Ready) are covered in this message.

Rediscovering & Restoring His Pattern | Part C

Greg Weis | March 31, 2014

Jesus' statement in Matthew 16:18 that He will build His Church and the gates of Hades will not overpower it means that the Church is meant to be on the offensive, not in retreat.

Rediscovering & Restoring His Pattern | Part B

Greg Weis | March 24, 2014

Two key areas of Biblical Emphasis that the Church needs to rediscover are a comprehensive understanding of the Word of God and a complete Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Rediscovering & Restoring His Pattern | Part A

Greg Weis | March 17, 2014

A study on becoming salt & light in the world (Matthew 5:13-15) and building the church according to the Biblical pattern.

A Tool for Fasting | Using Fasting Folders

Greg Weis | March 10, 2014

A review of the past few messages on fasting and Lent, as well as an explanation of how to use GCF Fasting Folders during this season.

Fasting 102 | Types of Fasts & More Fast Goals

Greg Weis | March 2, 2014

Practical things, including types of fasts, to consider before entering this season of GCF corporate fasting.

What Was God's Original Plan? - Part B | A Covenantal History of the Kingdom in the Hebrew Scriptures

Greg Weis | February 23, 2014

What On Earth is the Kingdom of Heaven Series, Section 1, Chapter 3B - A survey of the covenantal history in the Scriptures, beginning with the Adamic covenant in Genesis 1-2.

What Was God's Original Plan? - Part A | A Covenantal History of the Kingdom in the Hebrew Scriptures

Greg Weis | February 18, 2014

What On Earth is the Kingdom of Heaven Series, Section 1, Chapter 3A - God's original Kingdom plan is His ongoing, current and eternal plan.

What In God's Earth is the Kingdom of Heaven? - Part B | The Kingdom Defined

Greg Weis | February 13, 2014

What On Earth is the Kingdom of Heaven Series, Section 1, Chapter 2B - A collage of twelve defining statements about the Kingdom of God.

What In God's Earth is the Kingdom of Heaven? - Part A | The Kingdom Defined

Greg Weis | February 5, 2014

What On Earth is the Kingdom of Heaven Series, Section 1, Chapter 2A - A collage of twelve defining statements about the Kingdom of God.

What Is the Bible All About? | The Primacy of the Kingdom

Greg Weis | February 5, 2014

What On Earth is the Kingdom of Heaven Series, Section 1, Chapter 1 - The Kingdom of God is the central, comprehensive, and dominant theme of the Scriptures.

Cultivating Three Types of Biblical Fruit | Character, Good Deeds & Reproduction

Greg Weis | February 5, 2014

Employing God's Gifts, Chapter 12 - At the beginning of Genesis, God commands creation to be fruitful and multiply. An introduction to biblical fruit and how to cultivate it.

Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Continued) | Defined & Examined

Greg Weis | February 1, 2014

Employing God's Gifts Series, Chapter 9C - A brief review of the Employing God's Gifts series, with emphasis on the three power gifts of the Holy Spirit - faith, healing, and the effecting of miracles.

Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit | Defined & Examined

Greg Weis | February 1, 2014

Employing God's Gifts Series, Chapter 9A - An introduction to the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit: tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, discernment of spirits, healing, faith, and the effecting of miracles. (see 1 Corinthians 12:4-11)

Seven Gifts | Of Service (Continued)

Greg Weis | February 1, 2014

Employing God's Gift Series, Chapter 8 - There are seven gifts God gives for ministry as detailed in 1 Corinthians and Ephesians. This week the last three are covered: the gifts of evangelists, apostles and prophets.

Seven Gifts | Of Service

Greg Weis | February 1, 2014

Employing God's Gifts, Chapter 7 - There are seven gifts God gives for ministry as detailed in 1 Corinthians and Ephesians. This week the first four are covered: the gifts of helps, administrations, teaching and shepherding.

Three New Testament Offices (Continued) | Terms and Functions

Greg Weis | February 1, 2014

Employing God's Gifts Series, Chapter 6B - Completion of the study of the three new testament offices: priests (the priesthood of all believers), elders and deacons.

Three New Testament Offices | Terms and Functions

Greg Weis | February 1, 2014

Employing God's Gifts Series, Chapter 6A - A study of the three new testament offices: priests (the priesthood of all believers), elders and deacons.

Seven Gifts | Of Motivation or Temperament (Continued)

Greg Weis | February 1, 2014

Employing God's Gifts Series, Chapter 5 - Romans 12 lists seven motivational gifts: prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership and mercy.

Biblical Gift Words - Continued | Classifications & Categories of Church Gifts

Greg Weis | February 1, 2014

Employing God's Gifts Series, Chapter 4 - A word study of 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 helps to clarify the various categories of God's gifts.

Biblical Gift Words | Classifications & Categories of Church Gifts

Greg Weis | February 1, 2014

Employing God's Gifts Series, Chapter 2 - God has given the church many gifts for its edification. These gifts include motivational, service and charismatic gifts.

Getting Properly Oriented | Understanding & Employing Gifts & Fruits to Serve

Greg Weis | February 1, 2014

Employing God's Gifts Series, Chapter 1 - 1 Peter 4:10 "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." An introduction to God's gifts to the church. There are three general classifications of God's gifts that are helpful to begin with: general gifts, fruit, and specific gifts for the edification of the church.

Things We Must Practice - Part C | Regarding Spiritual Warfare

Greg Weis | January 26, 2014

Seasons of Spiritual Warfare, Part 2C - The phalanx principle of spiritual warfare and the importance of church reconciliation in overcoming the enemy's attacks.

Things We Must Practice - Part B | Regarding Spiritual Warfare

Greg Weis | January 26, 2014

Seasons of Spiritual Warfare Series, Part 2B - How to battle against spiritual attack and resist temptation through prayer, fasting, accountability and walking with the Holy Spirit.

Things We Must Practice - Part A | Regarding Spiritual Warfare

Greg Weis | January 26, 2014

Seasons of Spiritual Warfare Series, Part 2A - Schemes and strategies of the enemy that we need to recognize and battle.

Things We Must Know | Regarding Spiritual Warfare

Greg Weis | January 26, 2014

Seasons of Spiritual Warfare Series, Part 1 - In order for us to be equipped for spiritual warfare, we need to be aware of our enemy, spiritual battlegrounds and the enemy's strategies. (2 Cor. 2:11)

The Church of His Grace - Part D | Grace Delivered

Greg Weis | January 26, 2014

Grace Upon Grace Series, Chapter 6D - The conclusion of the Grace Upon Grace series. A review of twenty-one areas of restoration for the Church to pursue.

The Church of His Grace - Part C | Grace Delivered

Greg Weis | January 26, 2014

Grace Upon Grace Series, Chapter 6C - In 1 Corinthians, Paul exhorts the Church to be united and of "the same mind." There are many areas of the Church that need to be restored in order for it to be healthy and united.

The Church of His Grace - Part B | Grace Delivered

Greg Weis | January 26, 2014

Grace Upon Grace Series, Chapter 6B - Since the Church is one way that God delivers grace to us, we must begin to understand its value and role in our discipleship and sanctification.

The Church of His Grace - Part A | Grace Delivered

Greg Weis | January 26, 2014

Grace Upon Grace Series, Chapter 6A - An introduction to the third delivery system of God's grace, His Church.

The Spirit of His Grace - Part A | Grace Delivered

Greg Weis | August 25, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Chapter 5A - God grants grace through the presence and ministry of His Spirit. The Church needs a restoration of the understanding and experience of the Spirit.

The Word of His Grace - Part D | Grace Delivered

Greg Weis | August 25, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Chapter 4D - A completion of our review of the modern evangelical paradigms that have informed Scripture interpretation in the present day.

The Word of His Grace - Part C | Grace Delivered

Greg Weis | August 25, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Chapter 4C - Continued review of historical paradigms that inform modern evangelical interpretations of Scripture.

The Word of His Grace - Part B | Grace Delivered

Greg Weis | August 25, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Chapter 4B - Historical perspective on modern evangelical interpretation of Scripture.

The Word of His Grace - Part A | Grace Delivered

Greg Weis | August 25, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Chapter 4A - God delivers His grace to us in three primary ways, one of which is His Word. In order to understand how our view of Scripture has been formed, we need some historical perspective.

Three GCF Grace Resources | Practical Aids for Growing in Grace

Greg Weis | July 22, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Appendix II - A review of three resources available to encourage growth in grace, with emphasis on the value and importance of Bible study.

Growing In Grace | Attitudes and Actions for Appropriating Greater Grace

Greg Weis | July 22, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Chapter 3 - Growth in greater grace is a free gift, but it does not happen automatically without effort. What is the cost of growing in grace?

Our Journey to Grace Plus Grace | Personal Testimonies

Edwin Kariuki, Jason Hale, John Gray, Leah Gray | July 22, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Appendix I - Four members of Grace Christian Fellowship give their testimonies of grace upon grace.

Grace Plus Theologies - Part B | Sola Gracia

Greg Weis | July 22, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Chapter 2B - "Grace plus works" theology was the error that Paul addressed in his letter to the Galatians. What is the Gospel's account of grace?

Grace Plus Theologies - Part A | Sola Gracia

Greg Weis | February 21, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Chapter 2A - It is helpful to confront some misunderstandings about grace in order to better understand the Gospel. How are grace and works related? What is the importance of "sola gracia"?

Grace in Perspective - Part B | The Importance and Meaning of Grace

Greg Weis | February 21, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Chapter 1B - In continuing to build a working definition of grace, it is also helpful to reflect on the effects of grace. What are the results of grace in a Christian's life?

Grace in Perspective - Part A | The Importance and Meaning of Grace

Greg Weis | February 21, 2013

Grace Upon Grace, Chapter 1A - Grace is an often misunderstood concept that is central to the Gospel. What is grace? Is it favor alone, or is there more to it?