Category: Gospel

Rep.Gifford, National Tradegy and the Gospel

On Saturday, January 8th, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona an event called “Congress on your corner” occurred at a local Safeway. The goal of the event was to give the people a place to voice their opinions and also meet the Rep. Gifford. This event turned tragic as a Jared Lee Loughne shot Rep. Gifford in the head at a range of ten feet. Over the past few days, I’ve had some time to watch the news, read some blogs, and reflect on the events that occurred on Saturday. The most obvious thing that sticks out about this event is the sheer horror of it. The man from his own statements defines himself as a “terrorist” and wants to inflict pain and suffering on people. This man did this act of severely injuring a Representative of the people of Arizona and of the United States House of Representatives with premeditation and precision. Not only did he severely injure Rep. Gifford but he also killed a nine year old girl, a federal judge, four others, and injured more. To say that this event is a national tragedy would be the understatement of the year. In an effort to process this tragedy, I would like to highlight some but not all of the lessons that this event has to teach us.  The first is the frailty of human life, and the second...

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The State of Discipleship in the Evangelical world

Discipleship is under attack by those who dismiss doctrine as unimportant, and by those who believe that it ends with a certain level of progress in the Christian life. Is discipleship unimportant today? Does one ever outgrow the need for discipleship? These questions are relevant because people believe that discipleship seemingly ends when one reaches a certain level of maturity in Christ. If discipleship ends when one progresses to a certain level of maturity then there is no more need to learn because one has become God. It is precisely this attitude that saps the Church of Jesus Christ from any form of credibility outside the Church today. The other concern related to discipleship is the expressed desire of some to have a conversation about how to redesign the Church at the expense of doctrine. How one defines knowledge demonstrates their view of what discipleship is. The popular approach to knowledge among evangelicals suggests that one never has anything to learn “after” believers “arrive” at a certain place in he/she walk with Christ. Proverbs 1:7 says, “The beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord and fools despise wisdom and correction.” No one ever achieves perfect knowledge as every believer even the most “mature” believer only knows in part not in whole. Ultimately only God knows everything, because He knows every hair on every head of every person...

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Growth in the Gospel

Why is it important for the Christian to grow in understanding of the Gospel? The Gospel is not an object; it is foundational to our growth in Christ. The Gospel is not a message of self-esteem, improvement, or prosperity. Scripture teaches us: The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it (Jer 17:9)? And you were dead in your trespasses and sins … and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest (Eph 2:1, 3). There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one (Rom3:10-12). What Scripturally is essential in our sharing the Gospel? 1) You are a slave to sin. And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest (Eph 2:1-3; cf. Col 2:13). He who believes in the Son has eternal...

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