Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Question and Answer: Difficult People, Humility and the Gospel

A question from a blog reader came in yesterday, “How do I effectively witness to someone that wants to prove the bible wrong- with a know it all attitude in play?” The Christian life is about humility Proverbs 3:34, “  34Toward the(A) scorners he(B) is scornful, (C) but to the humble he gives favor.” James 4:6, “    6But(A) he gives more grace. Therefore it says,(B) “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  1st Peter 5:6  6(M) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,” The opposite of humility is pride. People take pride in their work. People take pride in knowledge. People take pride in possessions. When people come to the Bible an attitude of humility is necessary. Secularists come to the Bible to “find” something that fits their system. Liberals come to the Bible to find “proof” for their beliefs. Born again believers submit to the authority, inspiration, inerrancy, and sufficiency of Scripture. 2nd Timothy 3:16, “16(A) All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” People who come to the Bible to prove their positions have a savior mentality. How do you deal with people who come to the Bible with an attitude of pride? First make sure your heart is right before...

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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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The Difference Grace Makes

Paul in chapter 1 of Ephesians opens with an introduction and blessing (vv.1-14) where he expresses the main themes of the letter: Christ has reconciled all of creation and has united the Church to Himself. In Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul gives his prayer of thanksgiving. Paul prays here that the church will gain deep insight into the Lord’s powerful working and rich gifts in Christ. The overarching theme in Ephesians 2:1-10 is that God lavishes his grace on Christians through his saving initiative. Ephesians two opens with a brief sub-section of three verses which describe man’s hopelessness and helplessness without Christ. The world often thinks that God helps those who help themselves; however Paul in this section makes the opposite point- God helps those who are helpless. Paul describes the human condition in verse one of Ephesians 2. He teaches that “you were dead” which reflects the fact that human beings as sons and daughters of Adam enter the world spiritually dead. Men and women have no inclination or responsiveness towards God and no ability to please Him. Paul furthers this argument when he mentions trespasses and sins. Transgressions are violations of divine commandments while sins are offenses against God in thought, word and deed. The words prince and spirit in Ephesians 2:2 refer to Satan as he dominates his human subjects called sons of disobedience. Sons of disobedience refer...

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The Gospel and Culture

  Introduction The Gospel is good news for a world that rejects Truth, knowledge and ethics. The Gospel is good news for the single mother with two kids. The Gospel is good news to the abused women living on the street. The Gospel is good news for the man addicted to pornography. The Gospel continues to move forward to the glory of God and for the advancement of the Kingdom of God; as people turn from spiritual blindness by meeting King Jesus who truly cares for them, and wants to change their live from the inside out. The Jesus of the Bible is far more radical and compassionate to the hurting, abused and sick than He is portrayed in society today. On the Cross Jesus took upon Himself the sins of all mankind, and when He said, “It is finished” the veil separating man from God was torn in two; forever doing away with man-centered religion that bases itself on what man can do instead of what Jesus has done in dying and rising again. The death Christ disarmed Satan and the forces of darkness because man can be forgiven of sin no longer held in bondage to sin but freed to live and enjoy God’s presence. When someone believes in Christ he/she is no longer the object of God’s wrath because Christ’s death satisfied God’s wrath forever so...

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The role of evangelism in spiritual growth

Only the sheer rapture of being lost in the worship of God is as exhilarating and intoxicating as telling someone about Jesus Christ.  Nothing causes an eye-dropping, foot-shuffling anxiety more quickly among a group of Christians than talking about our responsibility to evangelize. Many believers feel confident they are obeying the Lord when it comes to their intake of Scripture or to their giving or serving but I don’t know a single Christian who would contend that they are as evangelistic as they should be. Evangelism is a broad subject and there will be many things that we won’t be able to touch on in this article. The main there here is that godliness requires that we disciplines ourselves in the practice of evangelism. Among the reasons we don’t speak of Christ more often is fear. The main reason why many of us don’t witness for Christ in ways that would be effective and relatively fear-free is simply because we don’t discipline ourselves to do it. The methods of evangelism matter little in comparison to the fact that all Christians are expected to evangelism. Evangelism is to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit to sinful people, in order that they may come to put their trust in God through Him, to receive Him as their Savior, and serve Him as their King in the fellowship...

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