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How to Pray for Your Enemies

aired December 11, 2018

Episode 72 Show Notes 

How to Pray for Your Enemies

From the Show

Does God require our obedience for salvation?

Sure he does. But here’s the key thing to remember. God gives what he commands…It’s pure grace. He credits us with his Son’s perfect righteousness. That’s the only way we can stand before a holy God without any blame. But God requires our obedience, just as any good father does. “If you love me,” Jesus said, “then you will keep my commandments” (Jn 14:15). Imagine someone adopting a child into a great family full of love and grace. Then, after being written into the Father’s will, the young person says, “Glad to have the goods, but I don’t even know you. I’m gone.” Now, sometimes God’s children do actually go off to a far country into the depths of sin, like the prodigal son. They’re welcomed back, but as repentant children, just like the prodigal. The Father’s arms are wide open to receive prodigals back. — Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. Does God require our obedience for salvation?

2. How are we supposed to pray for our enemies? What should we be praying for?

3. What does Paul mean when he says that we will be raised with spiritual bodies?

4. How can we live in the power of the Holy Spirit regularly?

5. I’ve been a Christian since I was a kid and I’ve grown up hearing that homosexuality is wrong. This year my best friend came out as being gay and she has not been treated well by many people at my church. How do I love my friend even though she is currently living as if the gospel isn’t true? 

6.  People have told me I should read the Psalms to learn to praise God and find joy but as I read the Psalms I keep coming across psalms that complain to God and feel dark. Is there something I’m missing?


Yes. God Requires Obedience for Salvation. 

Baptism and Fullness: The Work of the Holy Spirit Today by John Stott


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