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 an M.Div. at Liberty Baptist Theological 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. Paul wrote to the church at Colossae that truth was the means in which God’s grace was learned; they “understood the grace of God in truth.” (Colossians 1:6) The Colossians heard the truth and grace was given.
We desire to extend that knowledge of 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 is and what he accomplished for us 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.