Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

The Incarnation

The Incarnation This is the second chapter of my book that answers two very important questions facing Christianity. The first question is, “What is the Gospel?” and the second is “What is the effect of the Gospel on the Christian and his experience with Christ?” Under the heading of Incarnation, we will explore the doctrine of the incarnation historically, the reason for the incarnation, salvation through the God-Man, the Centrality of the Cross, Look at what the Bible says about the Incarnation and then conclude this chapter. The Incarnation The doctrine of the Incarnation is important to Christianity. The incarnation explains how Jesus is both God and man. It’s impossible to talk meaningfully about who Jesus is without talking about what He did and about the importance of that for us. James Denney, a professor at the United Free Church College in ….Glasgow.., ..Scotland…., around the turn of the centu1ry discussed this matter. He says: Christ is the only person who can do this work for us. This is the deepest and most decisive thing we can know about him, and in answering the questions which it prompts we are starting from a basis in experience. There is a sense in which Christ confronts us as the reconciler. He is doing the will of God on our behalf, and we can only look on. We see him in judgment...

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The Role of Culture in Gospel Communication

Introduction One of the most controversially discussed topics in the Church today is the issue of contextualization. A brief sampling of what various Professors and Pastors teach on contextualizing the Gospel will suffice to demonstrate that this issue is controversial. Dr. David Sills Professor of Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary defines contextualization as simply the process of making the gospel understood.[1] Dr. John MacArthur, a well known Pastor of Grace Community Church in California, and President of Masters College and Seminary on this point teaches that:  The Church, if it is to be anything, it is to be absolutely distinct from culture, absolutely distinct from the world, absolutely distinct from unbelievers. Paul demands a total break. You can’t marry the church to the culture. Don’t fornicate with the world.[2] Dr. David Hesselgrave was Professor of Missions and Director of the School of World Mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, as well as a past President of the Evangelical Missiological Society, he notes that the old gospel must be communicated, but it must be communicated in new ways that engage the attention, empower the thought forms, enhance the understanding, and merit the consideration of people enculturated in systems very different from our own.[3] Dr. Ed Stetzer a noted missiologist and President of Lifeway Research on the point of contextualizing the Gospel argues that Christians...

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Spending Quality time in the Word of God Part 2

Introduction In part one of spending quality time in the Word of God we learned about hearing God’s Word, reading God’s Word and studying God’s Word. In part two we will learn about memorizing God’s Word, Biblical Meditation, and applying God’s Word. When it comes to memorizing God’s Word many Christians either think that it’s too much work or just not worth it. Today, we will explore what it means to memorize God’s Word and why it’s important for one’s spiritual growth, as well as ministry for Christ. Many people both inside and outside the Church are confused about what meditation is. Some think its emptying their minds or something else. Today, we will learn to meditate on the Word of God, and the person and work of Jesus Christ. To conclude our time today, we will explore briefly how to apply God’s Word to one’s life. Memorizing God’s Word Many Christians look on the spiritual discipline of memorizing God’s Word as something tantamount to modern day martyrdom. Memorizing Scripture is precious when viewed with the understanding of one depositing God’s Word within one’s mind. When Scripture is stored in the mind, it is available for the Holy Spirit to take and bring to one’s attention when they need it the most. Psalm 119:11, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against...

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Spending quality time in the Word of God Part 1

Spending quality time in the Word of God Part 1 Introduction Today we continue our study of spiritual growth by looking at how to spend quality time in the Word of God. In part 1, we will learn about hearing God’s Word, reading God’s Word, and studying God’s Word. In part two we will learn memorizing God’s Word, biblical meditation, and applying God’s Word. Many Christians rightly believe that they need to read the Bible. Such Christians have reading plans and study the Bible themselves. Many other Christians though, tend to focus on reading the Word of God without application. Finally, many Christians read the Bible more like it’s a book of stories than the inspired Word of God. Understanding how to hear the Word of God, read the Word of God and study the Word of God is vital. Hearing God’s Word The easiest of the spiritual discipline is the intake of God’s Word by hearing the Word of God preached. If one doesn’t discipline themselves to hear God’s Word regularly one may only hear it accidently or when one feels like it or not at all. Discipling oneself to hear God’s Word means developing the practice of steadfastly attending a New Testament Church where God’s Word is faithfully preached. Luke 11:28, “But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God andkeep it!”  Merely listening...

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