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The gospel in a sentence

What’s the gospel? I’ll put it in a sentence.

The Gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy.

That’s the gospel.

— John Piper

The Gospel in 6 Minutes

(Minneapolis, Minn.: Desiring God Ministries, September 12, 2007)

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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

“Fast Food” Christianity

It is hardly a matter of wonder that the country that gave the world instant tea and instant coffee should be the one to give it instant Christianity. If these two beverages were not actually invented in the United States it was certainly here that they received the advertising impetus that has made them known to most of the civilized world. And it cannot be denied that it was American Fundamentalism that brought instant Christianity to the gospel churches. Ignoring for the moment Romanism, and Liberalism in its various disguises, and focusing our attention upon the great body of evangelical believers, we see at once how deeply the religion of Christ has suffered in the house of its friends. The American genius for getting things done quickly and easily with little concern for quality or permanence has bred a virus that has infected the whole evangelical church in the United States and, through our literature, our evangelists and our missionaries, has spread all over the world. Instant Christianity came in with the machine age. Men invented machines for two purposes. They wanted to get important work done more quickly and easily than they could do it by hand, and they wanted to get the work over with so they could give their time to pursuits more to their liking, such as loafing or enjoying the pleasures of the world. Instant Christianity now serves the same purposes in religion. It disposes of the past, guarantees the future and sets the Christian free to follow the more refined lusts of the flesh in all good conscience and with a minimum of restraint.

Verse

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28

Thought

Keep the services short and the sermons ‘sound-byte size.’ People are busy these days. They don’t have time for long services and biblical studies.” But what about that unsatisfied hunger of heart? That worship with reverence and awe? That encounter with

Prayer

Lord, teach me to wait, to quietly wait on You. I want to worship You. To listen to You. You are God.”

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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Two Different Ways of Trying to “Save” Ourselves? – Repentance, Faith, and Salvation

Two Different Ways of Trying to “Save” Ourselves?

Tullian Tchividjian

This seems to be a common misunderstanding in the church today. I hear people say that there are two equal dangers Christians must avoid: legalism and lawlessness. Legalism, they say, happens when you focus too much on law, or rules. Lawlessness, they say, happens when you focus too much on grace. Therefore, in order to maintain spiritual equilibrium, you have to balance law and grace. Legalism and lawlessness are typically presented as two ditches on either side of the Gospel that we must avoid. If you start getting too much law, you need to balance it with grace. Too much grace, you need to balance it with law. But I’ve come to believe that this “balanced” way of framing the issue can unwittingly keep us from really understanding the gospel of grace in all of its depth and beauty.

Some people avoid the gospel and try to “save” themselves by keeping the rules, doing what they’re told, maintaining the standards, and so on (you could call this “front door legalism”).

Other people avoid the gospel and try to “save” themselves by breaking the rules, doing whatever they want, developing their own autonomous standards, and so on (you could call this “back door legalism”).

… Both are legalistic in this sense: one “life rule” has as its goal the keeping of rules; the other “life rule” has as its goal the breaking of rules. But both are a rule of life you’re submitting to—a rule of life that is governing you—which is defined by you and your ability to perform. Success is determined by your capacity to break the rules or keep the rules. Either way you’re still trying to “save” yourself—which means both are legalistic because both are self-salvation projects.

Taken from “The Gospel And The Law” (used by permission).

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Be a Real Husband and Dad – Desiring God

Great article for us men.

 

Be a Real Husband and Dad – Desiring God.

 

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Todd

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Of First Importance | Living each day in the good of the gospel

The gospel in three words: God saves sinners

God – the Triune Jehovah, Father, Son and Spirit; three Persons working together in sovereign wisdom, power and love to achieve the salvation of a chosen people, the Father electing, the Son fulfilling the Father’s will by redeeming, the Spirit executing the purpose of the Father and Son by renewing. Saves – does everything, first to last, that is involved in bringing man from death in sin to life in glory: plans, achieves and communicates redemption, calls and keeps, justifies, sanctifies, glorifies. Sinners — men as God finds them, guilty, vile, helpless, powerless, unable to life a finger to do God’s will or better their spiritual lot.

— J. I. Packer

Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful

(Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2009), 103

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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Eight Reasons Why I Believe That Jesus Rose from the Dead

I respect and really learn from John Piper. Please read this article by clicking on the link.

Eight Reasons Why I Believe That Jesus Rose from the Dead.

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Todd

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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