Discipleship, sanctification, and the fullness of the whole gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ that extends beyond justification and forgiveness have been recurring themes for me recently. I touched on all these this past Sunday with our congregation as we uncovered Jesus's admonishment to make disciples and teach them all that had been commanded by … Continue reading Entire Sanctification: Power to Love God and What God Loves — Vital Piety
If I were ever asked to provide a short, succinct summary of the gospel, it would be these three words: Jesus is Lord. He is Lord of our justification. He is Lord of our salvation, and He is Lord of our sanctification. Jesus is also Lord of our lives. If we believe these things to … Continue reading Jesus is Lord!
Prayer has been the primary focus of my sermons over the last three weeks, from scratching the surface of the depth and substance of Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer to responding to violence and other atrocities with heartfelt appeals for God’s mercy and the transformation of hearts.Prayer is real, and prayer is powerful. It … Continue reading Pray, pray, pray
Here is an excellent, short article by Rob Mehner published on SeedBed.com today regarding the fullness of scriptural salvation and how the gospel is so often reduced to bits and pieces. Mehner states, "Justification, having our sins forgiven, is truly amazing and celebrated, but it is not the whole picture of biblical salvation...God wants us … Continue reading Salvation is more than you think – SeedBed
We live daily under a culture and epidemic of violence. We were reminded again this weekend of this sad fact as we learned a total of 29 people were killed and dozens more injured in two senseless acts of mass violence.Violence in our hearts that manifests itself in heinous outwardly expressions has been part of … Continue reading Being gospel-bearers in a violent world
“Our main doctrines, which include all the rest, are three,—that of repentance, of faith, and of holiness.” – John Wesley There was a time, not too long ago, when I adamantly loathed the word “repentance.” That little term has the capacity to illicit negative responses from many of us, primarily due to the harshness by … Continue reading Repentance: that beautiful, ugly word
Taking a look at Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:2-4) last weekend at our local church worship service, we discovered there is much deeper meaning and application to our personal lives when we pray “Thy Kingdom Come” than, perhaps, many of us have considered. To truly seek God’s Kingdom through this petition is … Continue reading The most dangerous things we can pray