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About Chas

About Chas

Chas serves as the pastor at Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Marietta, Texas.  He and his wife, Amy, have four children: Emma, Charlie, Caleb, and Levi.  Chas earned a bachelor’s degree in music from East Texas Baptist University in 2004.  He then went on to study at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and then finished a M.Div. at Liberty Baptist Seminary in 2011.  In 2017, he completed a D.Min. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Grace in Truth is founded on the realization that when we encounter the truth in Jesus Christ and in God’s Word, there is an offer of grace extended to us by accepting that truth. Honestly, we can never understand the grace of God unless we come to grips with the truth.  This is true when we look at the first time we received the gospel.  Paul wrote that this was the very moment the people of Colossae “understood the grace of God in truth.” (Colossians 1:6) The Colossians heard the truth and upon accepting the truth of the gospel, they found grace.

It is our desire to extend that grace through the explanation of the truth found in Christ and in Scripture.  Jesus told his disciples “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  In this, we find that our first experience of grace comes from understanding who Christ did and what he accomplished for use through his death, burial, and resurrection.  However, this does not stop at salvation.  It is through encounters with truth in Scripture we are offered grace as we are transformed from one degree of grace to another into the image Jesus Christ.  Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”  Where do we learn the truths that the Holy Spirit uses for this process?  The Bible.

 

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