Jon Jorgenson | – What is Grace?

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JonJorgenson Jon Jorgenson is an author, speaker, and spoken word poet whose YouTube videos have been viewed by more than 15 million people. Jon partners with numerous organizations including Awana International, Moody Bible Institute, the Willow Creek Association, and hundreds of other churches, colleges, and conferences all over the globe. His spoken word poetry provides a dynamic and creative experience that captures the imagination of audiences everywhere. As a former Broadway actor, Chicago native, and very lucky husband, Jon hopes to provide a fresh, unique voice to some of life’s most difficult and challenging questions. JonJorgenson

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  1. It always made me angry and frustrated that I could never understand what it meant because often times it's really hard to get a definition of a word from the bible in it's entire context sometimes. And it makes me even more upset when I can't figure out what something means in the bible or when someone doesn't give me a direct answer to my question in relation to it. (sigh) And personally over the years I've gotten more and more ticked off at other Christians because of their own personal wacky viewpoints in something, especially the United Pentecostal Church who don't believe in watching tv, swimming with people of the opposite sex, or say that a woman can't wear jewelry, pants, shorts, or perfume. It is absolutely INFURIATING. …. I'm a Christian by the way, a frustrated one at that.

  2. Saved by GRACE through FAITH. What is definition of Grace? What is the definition of Faith? This really is saying, Saved by the power to live right [Tit. 2:11-12/Heb. 13:9 GRACE], by entrusting one's self to a cause [Acts 14:22 FAITH]? And the only way to this power to live right, is entrusting one's self to The Word of God [Jn 6:63] & Prayer [Lk. 18:1]= Communion/Communicate with God; consistently [Ps. 1:1-6/Josh. 1:8]. Do this in remembrance of Me. When Jesus died on The Cross, the curtain in The Temple tore down the center, in two, so now you can have your own fellowship with Jesus [relational no longer religion]. Living by The Law is depending on a pastor to have your relationship with God for you. Going to church is very necessary [Heb. 10:24-25] because the pastor knows how to break down The Word of God.  Blessed are the poor in spirit. The poor in spirit realize that they are nothing without God each & everyday, so they seek Him as their life depends on it each & everyday [because it does], and Jesus [God] gives them grace [power Tit. 2:11-12] to overcome sins that they would have done had they not seeked Him. Seeking God for inner strength is NOT "works salvation;" doing "good deeds" without spending time with God is works salvation. Salvation By Grace: Having the correct definition of grace changes the dynamics, and one's outlook on being a Christian back to Biblical. The definition of "grace" that’s been circulating is "God's unmerited favor." The only place you will find this definition is an attempt to define "grace," in brackets, is in the Amplified Classic Bible. All other Bible versions define GRACE as God's power to live right [Titus 2:11-12/John 6:63/Hebrews 13:9]. You are not going to separate Grace from The Holy Spirit. How to get grace [power to live right] is by a consistent relationship with God through His Word & prayer; fasting too. That other definition of grace sounds “lovey dovey,” but it deflates a Christian, leaving him/her a tare [empty> no longer caring about the poor & evangelism] if they stop seeking God as a result of hungering and thirsting after righteousness. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness devour God's Holy Word & pray consistently; fasting becomes their good friend as well. The Amplified definition of "grace" has one gut out many of Christ’s own Words: KEEP YOUR LAMPS TRIMMED & BURNING; WATCH!!! Please see Jude 1:4, and you will see that the incorrect definition of "grace" leaves a person to live a sinful lifestyle, still, thinking everything is alright , "because I'm saved by grace." If one is poor in spirit, hungering & thirsting after righteousness, (s)he will go to God for themselves in the wee hours of the morning, burning that midnight oil. This becomes MANDATORY in this Christian's life. "Saved by grace," the incorrect definition: "I'll just go to church and that will count as me spending time with God. I don't need to take notes, to study later, because I'll remember what was preached, (though I normally don't remember what the sermon was about by tomorrow while undergoing trials & tribulations); But 'I'm saved by grace,' so I expect to sin. I really don't expect that God's power can keep me from sinning [2 Timothy 3:5/Psalm 1:1–6]. Diligently seeking God is just 'a suggestion.' It isn't necessary to apply myself to diligently seek after God; I don't want to be guilty of 'works salvation' after all. I'm saved by grace, so I'm going to kick back and not press myself to seek after God during those times when I don't feel like it; I have my golden statue of Ptah [Oscar] to ensure glory is fanned to by way of T.V./movies [2 Kings 17:33, 40-41]. Yes sir re Bob 'I'm going to Heaven because, 'I'm saved by grace.'" Can you see the problem with being "saved by grace [the incorrect definition]?" I ruined my life off of this doctrine that I believed. This is where you are going to get the lukewarm Christians from. They are going to get spewed out of Christ's Mouth. That doctrine needs to quit being taught. Teach & practice the right definition of grace, we'll become sharp Christian wheat, and the world will see revival. The world groans for the sons of righteousness to be revealed. Let’s cast our nets on the other side of the boat; shift to the correct definition of grace. Change the dynamics of Christianity.  Blessed are the poor in spirit. The poor in spirit realize that they are nothing without God each & everyday, so they seek Him as their life depends on it each & everyday [because it does], and Jesus [God] gives them grace [power Tit. 2:11-12] to overcome sins that they would have done had they not seeked Him.  Grace: God's presence in our lives. By this we have: Strength Courage Faith Hope Love The mind of Christ Readiness Knowledge of God's goodness. Help towards others Fruit of the Spirit Proper world view Church family Needs/wants On and on..…  All literate Christians should take notes from church and study them to show God that retaining the knowledge of God's life changing sermons/Word are paramount in their lives. When you get home, you can study the notes you've taken from church [that you wrote in your notebook] as additional devotionals. The Holy Spirit will give you more revelation knowledge as you study. Taking notes in church is paramount, because you have the devil who will try to rob you of your memory of ever hearing the positive life changing sermon through adverse circumstances; don’t you want to keep your map to anointed Christian living? If you study those notes, you embolden yourself to stand in adversity> now that is faith. The only only way to have Grace in you [God's presence in our lives (which is power)], is to spend real quality time with Him consistently [Mt. 26:40-41/Jn. 6:63/Josh. 1:8/Deut. 6:4-9/Ps. 1:1-6/2 Tim. 3:5]. If one doesn't spend time with God, they will wither [Jn. 15:1-13]. Spending time with God is NOT "works salvation;" it just means that you realize that you are a hopeless nothing, and a junkie without Him. Doing everything else without first getting into God's presence so that He shines through you;  that's works salvation. Pray, do something to seek Jesus everyday for inner strength. For Christians who do have a Bible: to much who is given, much is required. Its our responsibility to buy Bibles, and give them to people who are without. Acts 14:22 They strengthened the believers and encouraged them to remain true to the faith. “We must pass through many troubles to enter the Kingdom of God,” they taught. GNT   John 6:63 What gives life is God's Spirit; human power is of no use at all. The words I have spoken to you bring God's life-giving Spirit. GNT

  3. To me, this means that connecting with God within yourself, e.g praying just to connect to the divine or meditating, gives you the reassurance or personal experience that goes for proof within individual experiences to allow you the confidence to act with kindness and generosity without expecting anything in return. Which I've understood to me what grace is when it's coming from us humans 🙂 Fantastic video, really helped me focus my own perspective.

  4. Very clever Jon! Stumbling onto your videos has lifted me up and renewed my faith in people of your generation, who mostly it seems, have turned their backs on our Almighty Father! Thank you for spreading the Word with such charisma and enthusiasm! It’s really really nice to see a young person nowadays be so passionate about our Lord! God bless you and thank you!

  5. (sigh) I still don't understand what grace is. I've read it in the bible through different passages and it seems to carry different meanings. Even after studying it out through a study bible and commentary I still don't understand it. For that matter, none of the questions I have regarding the bible don't seem to be answered by anything I find online. This is truly depressing and frustrating.

  6. A beautiful speech it's amazing how everything in this world and everything in this universe that's all up towards God to our Savior Jesus Christ. When I click the like button I saw the unlike button for those people that click the thumbs down only thing I can say is God and Jesus loves you because we're supposed to love our enemies. Matthew 5:44 but I say to you love your enemies and pray for those who prosecute you.

  7. I love what you're saying about Grace, but…I am not fond of the 'word tricks.'

    I think that you could have just said what Grace means to you…and I feel that…and left the tricks out of it.

    But thank you. We ALL need to hear about Grace.