Round Up

Do You Feel Tension in the Christian Life – The Christian life can feel schizophrenic. But when we begin to fully understand that we are but pilgrims in this world, these tensions become avenues of sweetness rather than despair.

109 Sermons on the 1st Chapter of the Gospel of John – 109 Sermons on one chapter of the Bible, by The Doctor, no less.  Martyn Lloyd-Jones had a clarity of exposition about him that is not found in many preachers today.

Why Good Works Are Necessary for the Christian – Anthony Burgess (d. 1644) argued that while good works should never be construed as meritorious for our justification, they were still necessary as our duty on the way to final salvation.

They Do It Better Than We Do – Disciple-makers have decided to commit a minimum of 9-10 hours a week providing hands-on practical training. This commitment did not come with compelling arguments. The disciple-makers love it. They want to invest their time in the work.

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“In a broad sense the Old Testament was the economy of conviction of sin. The law revealed the moral helplessness of man, placed him under a curse, worked death. There was, of course, gospel under and in the Old Covenant, but it was for its expression largely dependent on the silent symbolic language of alter and sacrifice and lustration. Under it the glory which speaks of righteousness was in hiding.

In the New Covenant all this has been changed. The veil has been rent, and through it an unobstructed view is obtained of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. And with this vision comes the assurance of atonement, satisfaction, acces to God, peace of conscience, liberty, eternal life.”

— Geerhardus Vos

The Scandal of the Semi-Churched

If there are churches with membership rolls much larger than their average Sunday attendance, they have either under-shepherds derelict in their duties, members faithless in theirs, or both.

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Kevin DeYoung:

This is one of those posts I’ve wanted to write for awhile, but I wasn’t sure how to say what I think needs to be said. The danger of legalism and false guilt is very real. But so is the danger of disobedience and self-deception.

I want to talk about church members who attend their home church with great irregularity. These aren’t unchurched folks, or de-churched, or under-churched. They are semi-churched. They show up some of the time, but not every week. They are on again/off again, in and out, here on Sunday and gone for two. That’s the scandal of the semi-churched. In fact, Thom Rainer argues that the number one reason for the decline in church attendance is that church members don’t go to church as often as they used to.

We’ve had Christmas and Easter Christians for probably as long as we’ve had Christmas…

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God Did Not Save Us On A Whim – Blog Repost

Many Christians do not really grasp why God has forgiven us of our sins. It’s not as if God the Father woke up one morning and was having a great day, just feeling terrific about being the Sovereign of the universe, then decided on a whim to have mercy on his elect and look past their iniquities. God did not save us because the loving part of him finally out balanced the justice part of him. We must not picture God up in heaven muttering: “You know your sin? And all your rebellion and failures and disobedience? You remember all that? Well fuhgettaboutit. It don’t bother me. I love youse guys and I ain’t gonna mention your sin no more.”

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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

Staying in His Lane – Al Mohler takes a look at a recent interview that Joel Osteen did this past week.

The Many Motivators For Personal Holiness – A 4 minute video interview with Kevin DeYoung on his book, The Hole in Our Holiness.

Introduction to the New Testament – Louis Berkhof’s Introduction to the New Testament in 3 formats.

Conduct Worthy of the Gospel in Corporate Worship – If there is gospel etiquette for the gathered church, it starts with evaluating my heart.

What Does Sola Scriptura Mean – Just in case you ever wondered.

When Study isn’t Study – What is proper Bible study.

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We can no longer assume that just because a church is Southern Baptist it therefore genuinely understands the gospel and knows how it works to save sinners. – Tom Ascol

Daily Roundup

Chopping Down Error Can Be Costly – Listen to what Charles Spurgeon says about faith, error, and the cost.

12 Reasons Why Public Worship is Better Than Private Worship – If you had the choice between private Bible reading and prayer, or going to church, which would you choose?  The Puritans would choose church contends David Murray.

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod on 2011 NIV – The findings of the LCMS on the inclusive language found in the 2011 NIV translation.  Bully for them!

The Hole In Our Holiness – I have not read this book as it just came out and I wasn’t one of those chosen to get an advanced copy, but I have listened to a few of the semons that this book is based on.  I think it is well worth your time to order and read it.  Holiness, both the understanding of what it is, how it works in our lives, is something we know little about.

Reading Scripture Publicly – One of the specific admonitions Paul gave the younger pastor Timothy about his ministry was this one.  ”Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture” he told him (I Timothy 4:13).

Ligonier $5 Friday Sale – Check out the deals of the week at Ligonier Ministries.

Quote:

While the church as the community of believers is the context within which the Spirit’s testimony is confirmed, Scripture’s authority is not granted by the church’s decision. The opposite is true: Scripture founded the church. Through the gracious work of the Holy Spirit, Scripture is self-authenticating. ~Herman Bavinck

Daily Roundup

The Currency of Conviction – Kevin DeYoung writes about America’s moral relativism and it’s effects.

Who Was He? – Even those who aren’t Christian admit that Jesus had a great historical impact.

Does God Love Us By Sending Us Pain? – A Post by Tony Reinke dealing with God’s discipline of His children.

What Would You Do? – I love Mark Lamprecht’s ethical questions.  They make you stop and think.

Saved by Grace Alone or Saved by Grace Alone Plus Free Will? – John Hendryx does a question/answer format on this issue.

 

Daily Roundup

Love-Making – Justin Holcomb talks about our problem with love.

David Brainerd Biography (Free eBook) – Desiring God is making this available.

The Power of Words and the Nature of Sin – Kevin DeYoung talks about “brokenness”.

A Sermon to the Governor and Legislature of the State of Idaho – Doug Wilson preaches a message to the Idaho state legislature (not exactly politically correct).

Paul’s Downward Trajectory – What do we see when we look at Paul’s life?