Meaningful membership attends our gospel witness. Membership communicates the people and the message of the gospel to a watching world.
It is deadly to wallow in guilt. It saps joy as it eclipses Christ.
Recognizing the influence of sin compels us to keep praying - keeping short accounts with God while fighting through seasons of guilt.
We are children of God adopted and cherished in Jesus Christ.
We were created to have our hearts drawn after beauty through our senses.
The Christian has the perfect words of God - they are scented with heaven, preserved for us, and even addressed to us. Sadly many of us have gotten over it.
Not only did Jesus endure such injustice from sinners but he did it for sinners.
We will be as prayerful as we are cognizant of our own weakness.
What is the dumbest thing you have ever said? You probably don't want to repeat it. Since, I think it is edifying, I'll reset my moment. I was a new Christian and was talking to my wife one Sunday afternoon when I dropped this gem on her: “Christianity is so easy. I don't see what the big deal is.” But, I wasn't finished “I read my Bible, pray and talk…
If you cannot explain the gospel in this period of time, then you probably don’t understand it.
“It's not that complicated.” How many times have you said this to someone? How many times has someone said it to you? If we're honesttoo many to count (on both accounts). Our ability to overthink and over-complicate our tasks is like spam for our productivity. Consider how free you feel when a task is simplified, steps are outlined, and a plan is in place.
Let's remember that our…
These are things you can do right away and they will bring immediate impact. As I look back on sermons that have seemed to have the most traction, they have most often been the ones when I have faithfully unfolded the passage, gotten out of the way, and let these 5 friends loose.
The tendency we have to rely on ourselves for our own justification is gospel-muting. It’s Jesus-eclipsing. It’s legalism.
Paul is reminding Timothy not only of the reality of the situation on the ground but also of the importance of tending to his own soul.
Join me as I try to think about heaven more often, even dwelling upon the reality of it, the ceaseless praise that is going on right now to the blessed Savior for his wrath drinking death upon the wood of Calvary.
Why do some guys walk to the pulpit and from first word to last seems to be clicking, dripping with passion, demonstrable brokenness, and a visible burden for their people to ‘get it’? While others are able to deliver a biblically faithful message but seem to lack that extra ‘something’ that makes a good sermon different?
We are to make indentions, impressions, dents, whatever, upon the mind and heart by preaching the Word of God.
Measuring the success of one’s service based primarily on what we can see is deceptive because most of the fruit in our ministry is in things that are unseen.
Throughout our days, we are to retain the flavor of who God is, what he has done, and what he has promised.
The Holy Spirit progressively conforms Christians into the image of Christ.
Often adversity is a tool of the Lord to remove the things that impede our contentment.
Most people say they'd be happy if they could just have more. But God often makes us content not by giving us more stuff or relationships, but by giving us more humility and trust.
God does not command a blind loyalty that overlooks sin among the elders, but calls for an informed loyalty with eyes wide open to the persistent attacks levied against those in leadership.
Should Christians defend themselves?
Why it is so hard for Christians to talk to God but so easy for us to discuss our complaints with others?
Here are a few ways that you can tell that you are nibbling at the hook of the prosperity gospel, without, perhaps, even knowing it . . .
Over the last several years I have watched my wife prepare for birthday parties, holiday seasons, or other special events. She, like many women, gives considerable time and attention to the details. This is what women do. Men on the other hand, we think function. We reuse our forks, wipe our chin on our sleeves, and pass on the straws. We skim past the details without noticing.
We spend hours each week reading, meditating on, and praying through our text. We have a few days to become intimately acquainted with it. We strive to learn all of its nuances, textures, hues, and beauty. And then after we preach, we usually don't hear much from anybody about any of it.
In our over exagerrated world, the good news tends to not be that amazing. We autocorrect this by letting a couple of pounds of air out of the tires of the gospel. Though we are prone to diminishing the spectacular, the fact remains, God shows grace to unworthy people.
If we are grumbling then we can be sure that we are not content. We are essentially saying that God is getting it wrong.
Serve with the knowledge not that your ministry is unseen but rather that it is closely monitored by heaven.
Pastors must believe and preach Jesus’s powerful death-defeating, wrath-guzzling triumph!
The only way God could speak a word of welcoming mercy to sinners like me and you is to speak a word of judgment to Christ in our place.
Let us learn from Moses while we cling to and follow Christ our righteousness, knowing that it is his glory, not our own that we pursue and love. It is in this pursuit that we’ll find ourselves getting more face time on the ground rather than counting our wounds in the mirror.
It is a fact of life along with taxes, mismatched socks, traffic when you are in a hurry, that in this world we are going to have trouble.
In fact Jesus, who himself encountered more trouble in this world then all of us combined, said, “…in this world you will have tribulation…” (John 16.33). Furthermore, for believers who have been saved by divine grace, given a new nature…
The type of love we have in the gospel is total acceptance in light of full disclosure.
In order to combat this we need to speak truth to our hearts. We need to remind ourselves of the truth of Scripture. This is no less important in the area of evangelism. We need to debunk the myths that are too easily believed and cling instead to what God has said and done.
How do we fight lust? We fight lust with lust.
When the duties are ordained means by God, they are blessings filled with the seeds of your delight.
No matter how well we do in the day to day tasks, if our minds are our ultimate governors then we are nothing more than fools.
Go ahead and think about the person whom you think is the most unlikely to become a Christian. Now, ask yourself why you think this. Odds are you are looking at the way they order their life and in particular their blatant distaste and disregard for God. But you need to correct this thinking. It's unbiblical to look at what you have to work with and think, “I could see…
As pastors, should care more about getting the Bible right than simply feeling like we’re right.
Like a regular relationship, we have to see the warning signs here in our spiritual relationship. If we find ourselves intentionally avoiding or carelessly neglecting communion with God then we are on a troubling trajectory.
I find it ironic and troubling that so many who wave the gospel-centered flag too often carelessly let it touch the ground in their writing, tweets, and conversations. Far from being semantics, this issue communicates a fundamental misunderstanding of the gospel and its implications for holiness.
May we have those childlike reflexes that so characterize the children of God. Let us pray, wait, and watch.
We’re in a battle after all. Haven’t you heard?
Here is the bottom-line reality: the church is the most important organization on the planet. Its importance and inherent value is not dependent upon size but substance.
How can you tell how much a pastor loves Christ and his people? It is by his preaching. Doctrinal preaching feeds and protects the sheep.
What we need is a trust in God that can endure seasons of discomfort by denying ourselves.
Jesus Christ has it all together as he goes to die for people who can’t ever seem to get it right.