I said to my friend, “Look, I could put a sword to a person’s throat and make him at least a sufficiently good Muslim.” He agreed that that was true.
You can't just go pick some popular cultural form and insert the Gospel message and think you have thereby come up with relevant worship.
The cumulative effect of the gospel is affectionate worship of the one true God. The grand design of gospel proclamation, then, is gospel enthrallment, gospel enjoyment.
Without the gospel all riches is poverty.
When a pastor once remarked that it was pity that among all her gifts, sight was not included, the great hymn writer Fanny Crosby said this . . .
After 2,000 years, don't we know by now what the gospel is? Haven't we "been-there-done-that?" Why do we need one book after another on the same old topic?
"If any Christians are in earnest and full of love to God and man, they are those who know what Grace has done for them."
Now this is proof that Christ is God, the Word and Power of God . . .
What brings about such seasons? Is it even right to talk about ways and means?
"Would I know the fullness and completeness of the salvation God has provided for sinners? Where shall I see it most distinctly?"
Some helpful links defining and explaining the importance of gospel-centrality for the church.
If you are a Christian, but bored, maybe you need to lose something
Self-denying humility ought to show up in the way we worship together.
If spiritually dry Boston and New England can receive such a shaking of God . . .
From The Gospel Coalition, here are Collin Hansen, Stephen Um, and FTC's Jared Wilson discussing the differences and similarities in mission in urban and rural contexts.
The greatest strength of Jared Wilson's new book Unparalleled is how it helps Christians to not simply win arguments, but to “win the man.”
Union with Christ is an abiding reality.
When both our justification and our new life are found in Jesus Christ, then this burdensome, disingenuous Christianity is replaced by Spirit-empowered gratitude.
What is gospel-centered teaching?
These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops; but God is the ocean.
"He is, after all, the one about whom the book was written."
FTC managing editor Jared C. Wilson shares the vision behind his new book Unparalleled: How Christianity's Uniqueness Makes it Compelling
To take up the cross is to take up joy—painful joy, but real joy.
We have no defense against this brilliant triangle offense!
"If there is to be a renewal, it will be a renewal that grows out of the blazing center that is the glory of God in the face of Christ."
The Southern Baptist Convention is currently facing issues that challenge its identity, heritage, and future. In The SBC and the 21st Century, key leaders—including Jason Allen, Frank Page, Ronnie Floyd, Thom Rainer, Albert Mohler, Paige Patterson, David Platt, and Danny Akin—address these issues.
Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God . . .
In A.D. 404 John Chrysostom, the early church father, was brought in before the Roman emperor. The emperor threatened him with banishment if he remained a Christian . . .
“Holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing and realizing of the gospel in our souls.”
Yes, the world's a ship on its passage out . . .
In his new book The Prodigal Church, FTC Managing Editor Jared C. Wilson presents "a gentle manifesto against the status quo," urging the church to rethink some of its more recent traditions and re-center on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
"The brother dismissed my view as impossible on the grounds that the Holy Spirit, who does not lie, had told him the truth on this matter. Being young and bold, I pressed on with my explanation of grammar, context, and translation, but was brushed off by a reference to 1 Corinthians 2:10b-15: spiritual things must be spiritually discerned -- which left little doubt about my status."
What is the relationship between theology and the church?
Every theological idea which makes an impression upon you must be regarded as a challenge to your faith.
Calvin so believed in the importance of the everyday activities of Christian life and mission that he had a strange but telling practice in Geneva . . .
For already that which was equally incredible has come to pass, in the world's believing an incredible thing.
"It is incredible that the world should have believed so incredible a thing."
Why do you think Abel's sacrifice was accepted and Cain's was not. Did God just like Abel better? Did Abel know the right religious words or jump through the right religious hoops?
"The new life in Christ, just like all natural life, must be nourished and strengthened."
To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.
"So Christ, who 'is in heaven,' has clothed himself in our flesh, so that by stretching out his brotherly hand to us he may raise us to heaven with himself."
Was there ever such love?
The Church exists for no other purpose but to draw men into Christ . . .
"Most churches make the mistake of selecting as leaders the confident, the competent, and the successful."
He is indeed possessed of infinite majesty . . .
They love you, they love you not.
But hatred ends…
"As long as Christ hath it, believers shall not want."
Rick Holland, Pastor of Mission Road Bible Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, preaches in Midwestern Seminary's Daniel Lee Chapel on 1 Peter 1:22-2:10.