Archive for September, 2012
Posted on September 28th, 2012 by David Burnette
2. To Have or Not Have a Smartphone: Whether or not you choose to have a smartphone, Carl Trueman’s exhortation is worth heeding. All of us should assess how our culture’s hyper-connectivity impacts our walk with the Lord.
3. Conferences vs. Church Services: Why is the anticipation for a conference so much greater than a weekly church service? Tim Challies offers some good thoughts on this question, and by the way, he’s not against conferences.
Posted on September 27th, 2012 by David Burnette
Posted on September 26th, 2012 by David Burnette
Martin Luther on the wonder of the forgiveness of sins:
“This is wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside of ourselves. I am justified and acceptable to God, although there are in me sin, unrighteousness, and horror of death. Yet I must look elsewhere and see no sin. This is wonderful, not to see what I see, not to feel what I feel. Before my eyes I see a gulden, or a sword, or a fire, and I must say, ‘There is no gulden, no sword, no fire.’ The forgiveness of sins is like this.”
Taken from Roland H. Bainton’s Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, 228
Posted on September 25th, 2012 by David Burnette
In chapter 9 of What is the Mission of the Church? Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert talk about why sharing the gospel in the context of doing good deeds need not be considered a “bait-and-switch” tactic:
“Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ is an act of deep love and compassion for that person. So the argument that one act of love and compassion (evangelism) can’t legitimately be accompanied by other, less important, act of love and compassion doesn’t hold water. Christians, as we’ve seen, are to love the whole person, and therefore it makes perfect sense to love someone by giving him food and at the same time to love him in a different, higher way by giving him the gospel. There’s no bait-and-switch there; that’s simply holistic compassion – compassion for the whole person, not just part of him.” (228)
Concerning the last sentence in their quote above, DeYoung and Gilbert point to the following work as a helpful resource for thinking through the sometimes difficult question of how to best serve the poor: When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…And Yourself.
Posted on September 24th, 2012 by Jonathan Lenning
Gadaria, Hindu of India
Primary Religion: Hinduism (100.00%)
Christian/Evangelical: 0.00% / 0.00%
Persecution Rank: 32
The Gaderia have virtually abandoned their traditional occupation of rearing sheep and goats. They are now mainly engaged as laborers in masonry work, while some are involved in animal husbandry. The Brahman are engaged for performing at birth, marriage and death rites, and for imparting religious teachings. The Gaderia accept and exchange water and food with all other local communities except the Chura, Chamar and Deha.
Low literacy rates can be an obstacle to the Gospel, but not necessarily. If oral means of communication are effectively used, individuals can readily understand. Therefore, Christian workers can carry the message of Christ to the Gadaria community using stories from Scripture, as well as Gospel recordings and films.
- There may be no followers of Jesus among the Hindu Gadaria at the present time, but pray for those the Lord will soon bring to Himself to have softened hearts, unveiled eyes, and humility before God as He gives grace and faith.
- Pray He is preparing and sending teachers and pastors for them, and that He will also provide Scriptures and other study materials for them. Pray they will have teachable hearts.
- Pray for the Hindu Gadaria community to be able to care well for their families. Pray also for the widow and orphans among them, that they will be well cared for.
- Pray that our worthy God will be exalted among the Hindu Gadaria.
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; and let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.’” 1 Chronicles 16:31
Posted on September 21st, 2012 by David Burnette
1. Don’t Chase the Latest Thing: Here’s a good word for pastors and all Christians. It is the Word of God, and not the latest fad, that we need.
2. Date Your Wife: Words of wisdom from a 90-year old husband and Bible scholar. This is what love looks like.
3. You Be Peter that Denier: A powerful quote from Martin Luther about the good news of Christ’s substitutionary death.
Posted on September 20th, 2012 by David Burnette
Pastor David Platt talks about some ways to prioritize making disciples. This topic of disciple-making is the theme of Multiply, and will be the focus of the Multiply Gathering. See the links below for more information:
To learn more about Multiply, go here.
To learn more about the Multiply Gathering, go here.
To register for the Multiply Gathering (for free!), go here.
Posted on September 19th, 2012 by David Burnette
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better expression of the Christian’s trust and confidence than the answer to the opening question of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563):
Question 1.What is thy only comfort in life and death?
Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.
Posted on September 18th, 2012 by David Burnette
We wanted to make you aware of a new resource highlighted over at the Multiply blog. The discipleship material for Multiply- all 24 lessons – will soon be available in book form. Check out Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples.
Francis Chan and Mark Beuving have put together lessons on a number of foundational topics for those who want to grow as disciples of the Lord Jesus. The book is now available for pre-order and is scheduled to be released on Nov. 1st.
You can purchase the book wherever books are sold. Here are a few links for your convenience:
By the way, you don’t have to purchase this material to participate in the Multiply Gathering. And don’t forget, the material will be available for free via PDF download beginning Oct. 3rd. That will be available on the Multiply website.
Posted on September 18th, 2012 by David Burnette
For some Christians, it’s become popular to talk about joining God in His cosmic mission. We participate with God, they might say, in bringing in the new heavens and the new earth. This is our calling as light in a dark world.
While this kind of sentiment may sound appealing, Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert (DG) rightly offer a caution and a corrective to this perspective on the church’s mission:
“Of course no one argues that we Christians are tasked with building the new heavens and the new earth from bottom to top. That would be as impossible as it is ridiculous. But there are a number of people who have argued that we as Christians at least have a hand in the creation of the new heavens and new earth – that we partner with God in his mission to restore the cosmos. As energizing as that may sound, though, it simply doesn’t ring true with the way the Bible talks about the new heavens and new earth…The new heavens and new earth are not something we build for ourselves out of the ruins of our fallen world. They are a gift from God to his redeemed people.” (205-206)
In Chapter 8 of What is the Mission of the Church?, DG rightly point out that the church’s role in God’s work of new creation and reconciliation is not so much about partnering with God as it is about making known what God has done in Christ. We aren’t so much builders as we are receivers. Just as the Promised Land was freely given to Israel, so we receive the new creation as a gift (205).
Understanding these truths is not only crucial for a right doctrine of the new earth and eternity (though that is certainly important), but also so that we are clear on what God has called His church to be doing in the world. That something we are to be about – our mission - is the task of making disciples through the sharing of the gospel. So let’s heed Jesus’ words in the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20) and be faithful to our task.
And remember, the emphasis in our mission falls not primarily on what we do, but most importantly on making known what Christ has done.
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