Are you assured of salvation? Do you know what it means to abide in Christ? Does suffering strengthen or shatter your faith? Is Bible study an exhilarating experience or a boring chore? Are you living a victorious Christian life?
In the series, That You May Know You Have Eternal Life, Chad Kreuzer examines the issues that pertain to having a successful Christian walk so that you may know you have eternal life. Learn how to apply the same techniques that made Scripture study come alive to the ancient Hebrews, understand what the sanctuary taught about salvation, gain new perspective on suffering, and marvel at the mystery of godliness.
Lecture 1: That You May Know You Have Eternal Life – 60 Minutes
Some people look at salvation with great joy; others are terrified at the mention of the words “eternal life,” because they are not sure whether they have it. Find out how to be sure.
Can a person know that they have eternal life? What does the Bible say, and how does this apply to our lives personally? We are not saved by our own works; we find victory in our Saviour Jesus. When it is in the heart to obey God, Jesus accepts this disposition and makes up for the deficiency. The reality is the righteousness you receive is not your own, because Someone else went through the torment for you. He wants you to receive His righteousness so that you may know you have eternal life.
Lecture 2: Salvation and the Sanctuary – 56 Minutes
What does the Old Testament sanctuary have to do with the plan of salvation?
In this message, we will do a simple overview of the sanctuary and its symbols of salvation. The tabernacle in the Old Testament was a symbol of salvation. In the New Testament we see the fulfillment through Jesus Christ. Sin separates us from God. Psalm 77:13 says, “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary.” In the Old Testament, on the Day of Atonement people offered sacrifices and their sins were forgiven. In the same way, when we come to Jesus Christ our sins are forgiven. After the sacrifice of the animal in the Old Testament the priest would clean all the filthiness before he entered the sanctuary. In the same way, after repentance today we are baptized and then we have a daily walk with the Saviour, Jesus Christ. Kreuzer explains how the Tabernacle in the Old Testament resembles the salvation we have in Jesus and the daily walk is a preparation for us to be with Jesus. Just as in the Old Testament they stayed in the holy place in preparation to seeing God face to face, are you continually walking by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in preparation to seeing Jesus?
Lecture 3: Born Again – 49 Minutes
What does it mean to be born again? How can I practically have this experience in my life? In this lecture, we look into the Biblical answers to these questions.
What does it mean to be born again? How can I practically have this experience in my life? In this lecture, we look into the Biblical answers to these questions. The Pharisees did everything to obey the commandments; they kept the Sabbath, and they were faithful with their tithes. Yet we see Jesus rebuke them and their ways. How hard is it to enter the kingdom of God, if the Pharisee who was so strict and perfect in their eyes did not qualify? Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3, “You must be born again. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Those who are of the Spirit mind the things of the Spirit. Being born again is this transformation. When you are born of the spirit the law of God is written in your heart. Rather than having the lust of the flesh in your heart, you begin to desire the things of God. By nature we don’t love the things of God, but through the transformation of His Spirit, we come love the Word of God like the Psalmist did. Are you born again?
Lecture 4: Bible Study – 56 Minutes
In this message, we look into simple ways to study the Word so that it becomes alive during your devotional time.
Have you ever wondered how to study the Bible in a way that draws you closer to God? In this message, we look into simple ways to study the Word so that it becomes alive during your devotional time. What is the Biblical way of meditation? Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.” Learn about the four steps the Hebrews took when reading Scripture:
- Take the time to commit Scripture to memory.
- Imagine yourself in the story.
- Study the words deeply and consider their application in your life.
- Share and discuss what you are learning.
These four things are the Hebrew form of meditation. You shouldn’t let a day go by without studying the Word of God.
Lecture 5: His Word In My Heart – 52 Minutes
In this lecture, we look at one of the most overlooked parts of a person’s spiritual growth: committing Scripture to memory and hiding it in our hearts.
If you put it into practice, this message will change your life. We see the spoken Word of God is very important. In the beginning, Creation was made through the Word of God. He spoke and there was existence. In this lecture, Kreuzer explains to us how Hebrew men would teach their children how to memorize the Scriptures. Memorization was a given in the Old Testament time; the Jews believed that the best thing we can do is to have the Word of God written in our hearts.
What is the benefit of storing the Word of God in our hearts? We learn that hiding God’s Word in our hearts will help us know God and keep us from sin.
Lecture 6: To Him that Overcomes – 52 Minutes
Can God actually help me to be an overcomer? In this message, we search to see how we can have this overcoming experience in our own lives.
Through God’s Word, we discover that God not only gives the victory, but He actually commands it. If someone was to be saved by their own goodness, they would have to die; face the penalty of death, then rise and live a perfect life. This is impossible; therefore we know that we are only saved by the grace of God. Scripture tells us that those who overcome inherit eternal life. They overcome because they have salvation; they have received Jesus as a result of their faith, and they overcome. God can give the ultimate victory to every human being through faith in Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “Thanks be unto God, which always makes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the saviour of his knowledge by us in every place.” It doesn’t matter what sin you have struggled with. He wants to make you victorious. Our job is to trust in God’s strength and not our own.
Lecture 7: Victory In The Brain – 41 Minutes
God wants to change your brain through His Word, the Bible.
Is the brain a locked case of grey mass or can it be transformed? In this lecture, we talk about how the Word of God actually has power to transform the mind and give us true victory. Your thoughts have to be transformed for any change to occur. How many times have you tried to change your habits or character but fall back because your mind has not been transformed? Chad Kreuzer explains that we are not saved because we do the right things; we are changed by thinking about what Jesus has done for us. Our thoughts change our actions, forming new habits and eventually a new character. God can give you victory over smoking, anger, or any sin that has you in its grip. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Lecture 8: Suffering to Victory – 41 Minutes
How does suffering fit into our spiritual lives?
When we have faith, will things always be easy? Should we wait until God makes things reasonably overcomeable, or are we at times to suffer until we obtain the victory? 1 Peter 4 tells us, “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin.” We learn from our Lord Jesus that He suffered in the flesh, yet He did not sin. Should we not have the same mindset? Because Jesus went through temptation on earth He is able to help us overcome sin.
Scientists have discovered that it is much easier to succumb to temptation when the blood sugar is low. But when Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, His blood sugar was at an all-time low. Still, He esteemed the Word of God first. We must have a willingness to suffer for our faith in the Lord. Learn to keep your eyes open and cling to the Saviour by faith, especially through suffering.
Lecture 9: Abiding – 58 Minutes
Paul uses the word “faith” 160 times in his writing, while John uses the word “abide” 36 times and “faith” only once.
The apostle Peter talks much about faith in the Bible, while James speaks much on works. In this message, we explore one of John’s favorite subjects–abiding. John 15 says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Faith and abiding are not contradicting–they actually fit together. If we do not abide we shall be separated from Jesus, but if we abide we shall bear fruit. Pray without ceasing; abide moment-by-moment by the grace of God and not by your own strength.
Lecture 10: History of Memorization – 49 Minutes
Throughout history, God’s faithful have memorized His Word. How can we have the same experience that the faithful have had throughout the generations?
It is important for us to memorize the Word of God. It will be a shelter in hard times and always a guide in our lives. Martin Luther knew so much of the Bible, that at one point a memory verse came to him from Romans: “The just shall live by faith.” He began running through the Scripture in his memory and this brought about the Reformation. It is repetition that truly deepens the impression. You don’t have to be very good at memorizing, as long as you spend time in the Word of God you will get to know the Word of God just as a mechanic knows the parts of a car or doctors know the organs in the body. Chad Kreuzer shares how it’s all about being motivated and knowing the spiritual benefit of the Word. Learn various memorization techniques to help you impress the Scriptures on your mind and heart. If Jesus quoted the Bible to help Him go through temptation, ought we to do the same?
Lecture 11: The Mystery of Godliness – 54 Minutes
God has a prophecy about His people fulfilling the “mystery of godliness.” What does this prophecy mean and how does His last-day Church fit into the equation?
Paul says to the church in Corinth, “For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.” God takes a sinner by nature and makes him into something different, and by doing so He is revealing something to the universe. We see this in the life of Paul–how someone who persecuted the believers could become one of them and not only love Jesus but even sacrifice his life for Him. This reveals the mystery of God to the people around him.
Colossians 1:26 says, “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints.” This is the character of Jesus being formed in us. Do you want to be a mystery and reveal God’s character to the universe?
Lecture 12: Grace – 43 Minutes
Grace is much more than “unmerited favor.” It is the power of God to both forgive us and propel us toward victory.
Study the Scriptures with Chad Kreuzer to discover what grace really means for us. We find that grace is an Old Testament principle. The Bible says in Genesis 6:8 that Noah found grace in the eyes of God. We also see grace in the life of Moses, when God says to Moses “For you have found grace in my eyes.” Grace is unmerited favor, but it is also the power of the Holy Spirit to help you have victory over temptation. Jesus, our great example, said, “I can do nothing on my own,” because He had become human being. But when He suffered through temptation, the grace of God was upon Him. Right from the beginning of our sin, God has manifested His grace. God has given His own Son for us, calling us to be victorious through His grace. His grace is sufficient for us.