Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

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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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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