The Work Of Union With Christ

Here is a profound and thought provoking quote from the forthcoming book Christ Our Life by Michael Reeves:

When Christians define themselves by something other than Christ, they poison the air all round. When they crave power and popularity and they get it, they become pompous, patronizing, or simply bullies. And when they don’t get it they become bitter, apathetic or prickly. Whether flushed by success or burnt by lack of it, both have cared too much for the wrong thing. Defining themselves by something other than Christ, they become like something other than Christ. Ugly.

Our union with Christ thus has deep plough-work to do in our hearts. It automatically and immediately gives us a new status, but for that status and identity to be felt to be the deepest truth about ourselves is radical, ongoing business. That is the primary identity of the believer, though, and the only foundation for truly Christian living. For our health, our joy and fellowship, then, we must take up arms against the insidious idea that we have any identity — background, ability or status — more basic than that of sharing the Son’s own life together before the Father.

Daily Roundup

Desiring God recently did an interview with Kevin DeYoung on his new book The Hole In Our Holiness.  I’ve included all 7 parts as links below.  I encourage you to watch them because personal holiness (sanctification) is very important and one of the least taught doctrines in the Church today.

To purchase the book from Amazon, click on this link.

 

Daily Roundup

The Inverted Nature of Christ’s Invitation – Even Christ’s invitation to humanity is upside down.

Plain Preaching – Joel Beeke writes about 3 characteristics of “plain” preaching that we need to get back too.

The Gospel of Noncontradiction – A 3 minunte video by Doug Wilson where he talks about the relationship of grace, sanctification, law and Gospel.

Pilgrims in a Post-Christian Culture – We are on a journey.  It is long and fraught with dangers.

Reasons We Should NOT Share the Gospel – That is an attention grabbing line, ey?  But these are good reasons that we should all heed.

Book Recommendation – The Reformers and Puritans as spiritual mentors: “Hope is kindled” by Michael Haykin

Quote:

Let those, therefore, who are thus highly favored, consider more than ever yet they have done, how great that blessing is which God has bestowed upon them of his mere free love and sovereign grace, and not for any worthiness of theirs; and how great obligations they are under to glorify God: and to glorify Christ, who hath purchased this blessing with his own blood. What manner of persons ought you to be! pray consider it! Do you hope that God has thus highly advanced and exalted you? And will you not be careful indeed to live to his glory, and to exalt and magnify his name? Will you dishonor Christ, who has thus honored you? Will you regard him but a little, who has shown such infinite regard to your welfare? Shall the world have your heart, and Christ and his glory be neglected after all? Will you not rather watch against your corrupt, worldly, proud dispositions? Will you not seek opportunities to do something for God, who, as you think, has been thus kind to you? And for that Savior, who has purchased this, at the cost of such extreme sufferings? – Jonathan Edwards

Daily Roundup

The Narcissism Epidemic – Listen in as the Whitehorse Inn gang looks at a culture that wants what it wants and how that philosophy infiltrates the Church.

God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology – Not a pleasant subject today, but one that should be explored. This book is on my “Wish List.”

Gay Is Not the New Black – Voddie Baucham talks about the issue of gay marriage.

What Is the Gospel? – If you have ever wondered, or if you just want to learn more, head on over to Monergism, but plan on staying a while. A cup of coffee might be nice to bring along too.

Preventing Heresy in Your Small Group – Trevin Wax gives advise on how to keep your small group on track.

Jesus + Nothing = Everything

I’ve been listening to the sermons series by Tullian Tchividjian because I was too cheap to purchase the book, but it looks like I might have to.  Obviously the video messages are more in depth than the book, but there is just something about holding a book in your hands.

You can find the online video series here.

The audiobook can be purchased here.

The Hardback book can be purchased here.

The Kindle Edition can be purchased here.

This is an outstanding series of messages on the book of Colossians that deals with mans desire to add to the Gospel and when we do that, we totally miss the Gospel.

Daily Round Up

What Kind of God?  This is a brief article on the nature of God’s love and judgment by Tim Challies.

5 Messages on Ephesians by John Stott.  Classic series from the mid 1970’s by John Stott.

A Little Leaven.  A website devoted to some really crazy stuff that could be going on in a church right down the street from you.

Is Christianity a Religion or a Relationship?  A reasoned response by Voddie Baucham.  A good read.

Do Christians Need The Gospel?  A interview of Michael Horton and Rod Rosenbladt by Tullian Tchividjian

If Christ is True, Boredom is a Sin.  “Boredom is a sin so long as Christ is infinitely beautiful.” – From Gospel Deeps by Jared Wilson