When we continue to uphold the gospel and what Christ has done, then they will see the purpose of discipleship.
If a pastor doesn’t feel like the sermon he delivers is that important, why on earth would his congregation feel different?
Precisely because saying "sorry" is a counter to the sin of pride, we need to be able to do it when necessary.
The power of God flows through the Christian community and it also flows through our lives as we live alongside non-believers.
How amazing it is that Jesus takes the cup of wrath once and for all!
When we go to ourselves for our confidence or encouragement we will end up finding more doubt.
The Scriptures are filled to overflowing with the mind-boggling truth that God is here with us. His hand never leaves our life.
Just like in our salvation when we know we contribute nothing and God has done it all, so I know that He chose me to fulfill his mission and He is the one doing the work.
The irony of growing on our faith is that we have to be childlike to mature.
This is joy uplifts all that I do so that I can now find joy in the most mundane task or everyday circumstance.
From one point of view, the natural result of being a new creation, regenerated by the Spirit, is that we have the fruit of that new life being produced in our lives.
The gospel is greater than our inability. Grace covers our shortcomings. Jesus achieved for the underachievers.
God is the only one that can truly give us comfort and this is a comfort that doesn’t just look to the past and the good ol’ days. It is a comfort that holds the future in its hands.
Just stop for a moment and ponder this truth: we get to wiggle our way into the eternal embrace of the Father and the Son.
When we trust that God is in control, we are freed to take responsibility for our own actions.
He is working all things for our good while we are being conformed to the image of his Son.