The Grateful Grace-full, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

Do you know what’s really special about us here at CSBC?   NOTHING! Absolutely nothing!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs. You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally forgiven. At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well. So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.    Welcome Home to Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

February 16, 2014 ·

Deuteronomy 26

The Gospel According to Moses  -  The Grateful Grace-full


26:1-4. The dedication of the first fruit (14:22-23) of the field and the firstborn of the flock (15:19-23) was a reminder to Israel not to take the fertility of the flocks or field for granted but to celebrate both as a blessing from the Lord. What blessings from the Lord are you most likely to take for granted?


26:5-10. The worshipper was to recite a creed, or liturgy, that remembered and celebrated what the Lord’s acts on behalf of His people. What acts of grace (unearned, undeserved kindness) were recalled in this confession? What happens in your own life when you fail to recall the Lord’s grace to you?  “Ungodliness may be defined as living one’s everyday life with little or no thought of God, or of God’s will, or of God’s glory, or of one’s dependence on

God” (Jerry Bridges). What happened when the Israelites failed to give thanks to God for His grace to them (Deut. 8:10-18)? With this in mind, how do you think that ungratefulness might lead us to ungodliness (cf. Rom. 1:21)?


2 Timothy 3:2 lists “ungratefulness” as a characteristic of the “last days.” How do your own preferences and expectations hinder you from having an attitude of gratefulness? When are you most likely to struggle to be grateful?


26:11-12. The blessing of the Lord was to be used to bring blessing to those in need: “the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow” (cf. 14:29, 15:4-5). How might our generosity to those in need be an accurate indication of our gratitude to God? For more on this, read and discuss together these passages: Matthew 6:1-4; 25:41-46; Luke 6:27-38; 12:22-34; 18:9-14; 2Corinthians 8:1-9:15; James 1:27; 1John 3:17.


26:12-15. These verses indicate that the Israelites might have been tempted to use part of their charity tithes for pagan rites to gain ongoing economic security. When and how might you be tempted to misuse your money for your own security rather than the well-being of others?



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