Everyone has a story; those moments, events, decisions, circumstances, and patterns that combine to make us who we are today. As Christians, disciples of Jesus, we all have stories of our spiritual walk with Christ that evidence His great work in and through us. Throughout the New Testament we view the apostles and disciples appealing … Continue reading What’s your story?
Jesus makes clear, in no uncertain terms, in Luke 14:25-33 what it takes to be an authentic disciple of Christ: nothing less than ultimate allegiance to Him above all else. As Christians, this is (or should be) our primary identity. We are, unfortunately, often pulled in a hundred different directions towards people and things that … Continue reading Our ultimate allegiance
I am unashamedly an evangelical. It's one of the few labels I generally don't mind carrying, except that the term has been hijacked and twisted by media outlets and various other individuals and organizations so that it can be manipulated to mean nearly anything they want it to mean. Being an evangelical doesn't mean I … Continue reading What is evangelical?
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