One of the most disheartening aspects of the prosperity ‘gospel’ is that it makes little of God. Instead of being an almighty, perfect, satisfying, joy-giving and loving Father, it simply turns God into a cosmic Santa Clause. If we do ‘good’ (by having faith or claiming it) then he will give us what we want, but if we don’t have faith we lose out on … Continue reading Why Do You Worship?
A collection of links from around the web this week: From the blog: 3 Aspects of God’s Providence The Call to Repentance and the Championing of Grace “The call to repentance is the call to return home. It’s the call to be refreshed by our tears. It’s the call to be cleansed from all our guilty stains. We need the scalpel of the Spirit to … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 11/10
We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 13 entitled, “The Providence of God.” MLJ defines providence as “that continued exercise of the divine energy whereby the Creator upholds all his creatures, is operative in all that transpires in the world, and directs all things to their appointed end” (143). There are three aspects to God’s … Continue reading 3 Aspects of God’s Providence
From the blog this week: Who Cares About the Reformation?; The Reformation: A Return to the Gospel; The Reformation: A Return to Scripture The Evolution of Divorce “The divorce revolution’s collective consequences for children are striking. Taking into account both divorce and non-marital childbearing, sociologist Paul Amato estimates that if the United States enjoyed the same level of family stability today as it did in … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 11/3
How can believers follow a God who’s invisible? How do we know what He is like, what He desires, and what He requires of us? We can only know about Him since He has revealed Himself to us, but where or how has He done so? This was a major debate during the Reformation and continues to be so in our time. Today, we finish … Continue reading The Reformation: A Return to Scripture
How can sinners enter the presence of a Holy God and hope to live eternally with Him? How good must we be to be “good enough” for heaven? These questions were at the heart of the Reformation, and they are still the most important questions for every human being to answer. We are currently in a three-part series about the Reformation. In the last post, … Continue reading The Reformation: A Return to the Gospel
It was October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Luther was simply attempting to begin a discussion about the abuses and false teaching happening in the Church. Little did he know, this would spark a movement that changed the Church and Western civilization. But, someone might ask, “Who cares? How does studying something … Continue reading Who Cares About The Reformation?
A collection of links from the web: From the blog this week: 5 Reminders About Ministering to Others American Gospel “It is, in short, a film about how the gospel espoused by so many so-called Christians is not good news at all. This gospel is not drawn from the Bible but from the worldly desire for a long, comfortable, and affluential life.” Your Limping Matters … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 10/27
Ministry is difficult. And when I say ministry, I don’t just mean vocational ministry, although that’s included. If you are a believer, you have a ministry. You have people in your life who have been placed there by God for you to love and serve. Paul takes the last six verses of Colossians 1 to talk about his ministry. As we look at his ministry, … Continue reading 5 Reminders About Ministering To Others
From the blog this week: ‘The Ten Commandments’- A Book Review How to Worship God in Vain “You can say things. You can go to worship services. You can raise your hands, but you cannot hallow his name because your heart is in another place. ‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’ (Matthew 6:21).” The State of Theology The latest survey of … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 10/20