What did Jesus die for?

28 03 2021

Most of us know that Easter is a time to feel grateful and humble as we remember the great sacrifice of Jesus for our sins. We are told that unless Jesus died we would have had no means of forgiveness from God. The teaching is Jesus died to satisfy the wrath of God against us as horrible sinners. 

But the truth of the gospel is Jesus did not die to appease God for our sins. As ludicrous as it may sound, God could have forgiven us just by saying, “I forgive you” because nothing is impossible for Him. The real reason Jesus died was for us. We were the ones that needed to die, not Jesus. We were the ones that needed to be rescued from the tyranny of a false self- story, the lie of accusation, the sin of thinking we could live separate from God. God loves us so much that He determined to reconcile us, to rescue us from the “hell” of living in the lie that we could never measure up to His expectation. This is the reason the Bible says we died with Christ, we were crucified, we were put to death with Him (Rom.6:6). We died in Jesus to the entrapment of our own self-centeredness, that we can make it if we try hard enough. Those chains have been broken! In Christ, we have arisen to the freedom of His self story, His story of freedom to be who we were intended to be. 

Jesus did not just die for our sins to make us acceptable to God. He died for us, as us, so that we could be free from the condemnation of the lie. God is not our judge. He is our rescuer. “You are now free to move about (your life)” *

*thank you to SouthWest Airlines

Also refer to “Was Jesus just a ‘saver’?”

Our mission hymn

6 11 2020

This is the song that fueled our passion to know Jesus.

Knowing You, Jesus, Graham Kendrick and Marantha Singers.

First heard at a Promise Keepers rally nearly 20 years ago.

Being Truly Free

3 07 2020

Have you ever seen a day when people are so emotionally engaged and divided over the issues in our country? People are arguing over the validity of COVID-19, whether you have to wear masks or not, what we can and not do according to our government directives, and what is racism? Who do you believe and what are the facts? Never have we been so divided by our feelings and prejudices. Social and public media seem to be the driving forces in our culture and not the objective truth. 

Jesus made this remarkable statement, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free” (Jn.8:32). It seems that more than ever this statement would apply to today. Only the truth will set us free from the hate and prejudice, the lies and misunderstandings that are being thrown around. We need to find a place of solid fact, the surety of absolute truth and a knowing that will raise us above the sea of swirling emotions. Where is that place? 

It is only in a person named Jesus where surety, a solid footing for life can be found. Jesus also said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn.14:6). He is everything having to do with our existence. He is the Way in our journey through the turbulent times. He is the Truth that we can rely on when all else seems biased, and He is the Life that everyone is intended to live. But how does that work? Do we try to practice WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) to imitate Him in everything or do we follow the principles in the Bible, thinking they are His guidelines for being like Him? All these practices are still left to interpretation and bias. There must be a more intrinsic, more intimate way to find that place in Jesus. 

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Jesus Conversations

23 06 2020

S1E8 “The Lying Conscience”

In this episode Dennis is joined once again with his friend Scott through a Zoom conference. Scott’s recent posting on his blog about the issue of sin lead to a very deep discussion on what really is sin and how it effects the human conscience. Be ready for a rather different view from Romans 6 than what you may have heard before. 

Scott’s Blog is at https://myscottpage.blogspot.com/

Drop us a line at dennis.deardorff@gmail.com

Jesus Conversations

12 06 2020

S1E7 “Why do we believe?”

In this episode Dennis is joined by his long time friend David Fulton in one of their regular phone conversations. In this discussion David refers to his experience of being excused from an institutional church because he dared to asked the question “Why do you believe what you believe?”. It brought out the fact that this group of believers had no desire to explore more about their faith. Dennis and David agree that to know Jesus more intimately you need to be “thirsty”.

The book David refers to is NT Wright, Paul, A Biography, Harper One, 2018.

The reference to “Chapter 2” is an article by Dennis entitled “Paradigm Shift”.

Jesus Conversations

30 05 2020

#6 Is God Shaping Me?

In this episode Dennis and Scott discuss a statement Dennis heard on a recent television broadcast, “God is shaping us through this current crisis”. The recording starts during their earlier discussion on different theological paradigms but quickly focuses on the question of what God is really doing with our lives in these challenging days. 

Here are the links to the blog posts referred to: 
Who is a “Real” Man?
Man Down
You’ll Be A Man

Book reference: John Eldredge, Wild At Heart
Article by Dennis, same title “Is God Shaping Me?”

Jesus Conversations

12 05 2020

#5 “How do you see God in this crisis?”

Dennis and Scott begin this episode by following up on Scott’s latest blog post entitled, “Paying Our Dues “, but it quickly transitioned into the Scott’s question to Dennis, “How do you see God in this crisis?”. They discuss how we hear and see God in our current crisis depends on our world view of God, either we live separate from God or He lives in us.

We hope that again you are encouraged to see this current world crisis in a different light.

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Jesus Conversations

23 04 2020

“Dennis Interview”

In this edition of Knowing Jesus Conversations Scott Wakefield interviews Dennis Deardorff on how he has come to understand that Jesus is his life. You will hear Dennis talk about how his religious heritage kept him confused as to what is salvation, how the sin issue was resolved, and how he came to know that Jesus lives in Him. We hope that you listen to the whole conversation even if it may be contrary to what you have always been taught by your church. We hope this brief summary of Dennis’ journey will encourage your own pursuit of knowing Jesus lives as you.  

Listen HERE

Scotts blog: https://myscottpage.blogspot.com/

Contact Scott: scot-wak@hotmail.com

Contact Dennis: dennis.deardorff@gmail.com

Knowing Jesus lives as Me

27 03 2020

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, 2 Cor. 5:21

..and gave Himself up for me. Gal. 2:20

..who gave Himself for us, ….to purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:14

Our traditional perspective on salvation is Jesus was the one who stepped in to pay for my sin debt. He took my place as a nice friend who loved me so much that He laid down His life in my place. He paid the price with His life so that I could go free.

It is true I could not have done this by myself because I was neither qualified nor capable whereas Jesus was both. But the idea He took my place leaves me in an odd position. What should I do now? Do I live forever as a debtor, trying to be grateful to Jesus because I owe Him so much? Or, do I live like a slave trying to obey my new master who bought me from my old owner? Furthermore, now that I am free, am I capable of staying free? How does that leave me to live on my own? Because my debt has been paid does that make me a better person? If I was not capable of living righteously before my debt was paid, what is to say that I can after? Oh, yes, the Spirit is there to help me do what I should, but that still makes me feel like I have to perform to live up to God’s expectation. And, what happens if I start acting like I did before? Do I lose my freedom and have to start all over?

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Knowing Jesus Conversations

14 03 2020

“Living as Jesus”

Dennis and Scott Wakefield discuss Scott’s latest blog post “Fingerprints upon an Failed System” and why Christianity has not helped us understand the truth of Christ living as us. What is hindering us from actually believing and living out the truth of Gal. 2:20 and Jn. 14:20?

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