GRC ONLINE DIGITAL CARE GROUP #3
Reign in Life
In this care group session, our GRCO Pastors, Pastor Josh Holohan and Pastor Darren Sim, talk more about the theme: Reign in Life.
Take part in this digital care group session on your own or together with your friends and family. Feel free to use this guide to follow the conversation with our pastors, use it for your own personal time of study, or to facilitate more conversations with your community.
This session is based on the book:
- Destined to Reign by Pastor Joseph Prince
“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” — Romans 5:17
1. God wants you to reign in life!
The Lord’s desire is for you to reign in life. He doesn’t want you to just survive this life, He wants you to thrive.
- The key to reigning in life is receiving the abundance of God’s grace and His gift of righteousness.
- When you reign in life, you reign over sin. When you reign in life, your addictions don’t. When you reign in life, your bad habits cannot dominate you.
The gift of righteousness and no condemnation gives us the freedom to fully enjoy everything that God has given to us through Christ.
2. The more you believe and receive God’s grace, the more you will reign
When we receive grace into our hearts and our lives, inside-out transformation takes place, causing us to live a life of victory and success over every manner of defeat and lack. Under the law, our best efforts to change or stop a bad habit will still fall short.
- But under grace, our part is to rest and receive all that Jesus’ finished work has done for us.
- It is grace, not the law, that empowers us to overcome every sin and causes us to experience true transformation that happens from the inside out.
- When you know how much you have been forgiven and are loved by God, you will live a life of true holiness.
Say this out loud, “Lord, whatever You have accomplished on the cross, I receive that as my righteousness today. Not because I am good or perfect, but because of Your precious blood that was shed for me.”
3. Own the Word
God’s way is not about achieving, but about receiving. Today, you can reign in life through Jesus Christ by receiving two things from Him: the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.
Oftentimes, it seems like the only way to break out of a bad habit, addiction or defeat, is to work harder, faster. The world tells you that the more you do, the harder you work, the more success you will achieve. Yet, God’s way is not for us to be blessed by our own efforts. God’s blessings are based entirely on His grace.
OWN THE WORD
Righteous in Christ
Is there a bad habit, an addiction, or an impossible situation at work or at home that you are struggling with? The solution out of it is not found in you trying harder to break free.
The answer is in the finished work of Jesus that has made you irrevocably righteous and in receiving a fresh revelation of the abundance of God’s grace and His gift of righteousness for you.
In the midst of your struggle, stand tall in what Jesus has accomplished for you at the cross by declaring, “Lord, thank you for making me righteous in You. I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Not because of what I do, but because of what You have done.”
When you find that you have no faith to believe, we want to encourage you to keep hearing the preached word of grace. It is the unveiling of Christ in the Scriptures that will impart faith to your heart. The more you hear Jesus unveiled, expounded upon, and pointed to in the Scriptures, the more faith is imparted to your heart that you might believe.
Check out these additional resources:
- Destined to Reign [Book]
Haven’t read Destined to Reign? If you’ve been attending GRCO regularly or consider GRCO to be your home church, we want you to have this book for free. Find out more here.
- The war against guilt [Video]
- Find Freedom From Every Bondage And Addiction (Sep 3, 2017) [Sermon Notes]
- Build your faith and be encouraged by the many testimonies of lives transformed by grace
Questions about Reign in Life
How does grace bring true transformation and holiness in my life?
God’s amazing grace transforms a person’s heart and produces true holiness, which isn’t just outward, but also deep, intimate, and beginning at the very core of a person’s heart. Holiness is a fruit of God’s grace.
The word “holiness” in the New Testament is the Greek word “hagiasmos,” which is sometimes translated also as “sanctification.” The moment you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you were justified by faith and made perfectly righteous. You were also made holy or sanctified, which is to be set apart unto the Lord. And as you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, you are progressively transformed into His image from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18). Now, you cannot become more righteous because you are already 100 percent righteous by Jesus’ blood. But under grace, you can grow in holiness in the way you live your life.
How then, can we stop the power of sin and grow in greater holiness? The answer is found in preaching Jesus and the gospel of grace. Under grace, when you experience the love of our Lord Jesus, you will end up fulfilling the law (Rom. 13:10) and being holy! Grace produces true holiness.
When the love of Jesus is in you, you can’t help but fulfill the law. When your heart is overflowing with God’s grace and loving-kindness, you will have no desire to commit adultery, lie, or covet. You will have the power to love your neighbor as yourself. Where does this power come from? From your being firmly rooted and established in the grace of God. You have the power to love, because He first loved you (1 John 4:19 NASB)!
Ultimately, this journey with God is all about His love for you. It is His love for and in you that results in inward heart transformation. First experience and taste the grace of God and His love will surely cause you to live a holy life!
But isn’t overcoming sin all about having the willpower to do the right thing and atoning for my wrongs?
Many believers, in their zeal for God or their pride, are trying to please God and become righteous through trying to keep the law. They don’t understand that God makes a person righteous solely by grace through faith. They reject God’s way and cling to what they think makes them righteous—their obedience to God’s laws. Yet the irony of it all is that in trying to keep God’s laws to be righteous, people might end up producing works of the flesh such as adultery, fornication, hatred, heresies, and drunkenness (Gal. 5:18–21). Why? Because “the strength of sin is the law” (1 Cor. 15:56). The law stirs up the sinful passions within our flesh.
In truth, your willpower is no match for sin. The more you try to say no by your own efforts, the worse it becomes. The apostle Paul describes this struggle, which he himself experienced: “I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.” (Rom. 7:19 NLT). So the answer is not to depend on your willpower to say no to temptation, but to depend on God’s grace and say yes to Jesus!
The more you grow in grace—the more you are washed, again and again, by the water of the Word of God’s grace—the more you grow effortlessly in sanctification and holiness, and the more you allow the Holy Spirit to correct habits and thinking that keep you in bondage. When you experience the grace of our Lord Jesus, the allure and passing pleasures of sin fade in the light of His glory and grace.
Does grace give us the license to sin?