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  1. Mid-Term Field Report: “Utilize The Time”

    Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Jonathan

    As many of us are leaving summer behind to return to school or get back into a regular routine at work, Matt is doing no such thing. Life is different for him. Matt lives in Central Asia and was sent out to serve mid-term by The Church at Brook Hill. Mid-term is described as a period of anywhere between two months and two years. For him, school looks more like learning a foreign language, and monotonous routine . . . well, there’s not much of that.

    We asked Matt some questions about his life in Central Asia. Our hope is that his words might challenge those of us tempted to simply survive the next test or deadline. Our lives are intended for more than intention-less routines driven by purposeless attitudes. When we realize that God desires to use us to bring the nations to Himself, and when we hear of brothers and sisters whose devotion to Christ means harsh persecution, we see everything differently. The reality is, we have so much more to live for than the weekend.

    Here’s what Matt had to say . . .

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    What has been the most surprising aspect about serving in this new context?

    Time and time again, my team and I have been surprised at how quickly God answers the prayers of us and our supporters back home, and His answers to these prayers are often even better than we knew to ask for! We shouldn’t be afraid to ask Him to act in big ways to help us reach lost people. He desires and is worthy of the worship of all peoples and is actively working in hearts and lives all across the world.

    What has been the most difficult part of your time there?

    It has been difficult being part of a new team re-engaging a minority people group that has not been worked with for several years. Due to the difficulty of gaining access to our people’s homeland, we are in the process of establishing a business in a nearby country where there is a significant population of our people. This poses many challenges such as learning a minority language with few immersion experiences, balancing business and ministry responsibilities, and justifying to the community why we as Western businessmen spend so much time with this minority people and are learning their language.

    Can you give us your highlight of the trip?

    One of the biggest highlights so far has been growing closer as a team and becoming more like a family.  Being part of such a small team, we spend a lot of time together, and the Lord has used that in teaching us more of what it means to be the body of Christ. Praying, worshiping, and having fun together, holding one another accountable, and being united in a common vision has helped us to encourage one another during the difficult times and overall thrive in our first year on the field.

    What advice would you give to people considering going mid-term?

    Utilize the time before you leave the U.S. to establish routines of engaging lost people where you are currently. Often times, we get caught up in enjoying the benefits of Christian community so much that we rarely put ourselves in places where we are surrounded by the lost. Going mid-term is a weird balance between a sprint and a marathon; the routines you are able to establish before arriving on the field will help you to make the most of the time you have in your new context.

    What advice would you give to friends, family, and church members in terms of how they can support workers like you?

    The way that is most obvious and yet often over-looked is to actively pray for that person, their ministry, and their people. Be proactive in asking for ways to pray for that person and in regularly praying for their boldness and evangelism opportunities. Also, we love hearing from friends, family, and supporters about what is happening back home and how we can be praying for them.

    What is one big takeaway that the the Father has taught you in your experience as a mid-term worker?

    I often feel like I am sitting on the front row watching Him prepare the harvest of these people in a way in which only the Creator of the universe is able! In our first month on the field, He answered our prayers by providing a language teacher, national believer, and friend all with a single person whom He had burdened to return to his family and country (at the risk of his life) to help reach his people with the gospel of Christ. The things we’ve seen happen over the past year are more than coincidences; no doubt the Lord is doing the same type of things in unreached people groups all across the world!

    What is one thing you have learned from the national brothers and sisters that you are partnering with?

    Extreme persecution is normal, expected, and worth the risk for the believers in this part of the world. Coming from a place, like the U.S, where it is “safe” to be a Christian, it is still difficult to fully understand what these national brothers and sisters experience everyday in living and dying for Christ. That being said, the Lord is using these terrible acts to bring others to faith, grow the church, and advance the gospel of Christ to the most difficult to reach people and places in the world.

  2. Why the Atonement Must Do More Than Move Us to Tears

    Posted on September 16th, 2014 by David Burnette

    It may sound like a contradiction, but it’s true: serious theological errors usually contain a good dose of the truth. That’s why we fall for them.

    Most Christians know to reject a teaching that openly rejects God’s Word, but when the truth is slightly twisted or simply downplayed—maybe even with Bible verses attached—it’s easier to get caught off guard. This is particularly dangerous when it comes to Scripture’s foundational teachings, like Christ’s atonement. Your answer to the question, “What did Christ accomplish by his death on the cross?” has massive implications.

    In Secret Church 6: The Cross of Christ, you can see a list of some of the most influential theories of the atonement in church history (SC 6 Study Guide, 14-15). One of those theories is called the Moral Influence Theory, which is the idea that Christ’s death on the cross was primarily a demonstration of God’s love intended to move sinners to repentance.  So what could be wrong with that? Isn’t the cross supposed to demonstrate God’s love to us? Well, yes, but that’s not the whole story when it comes to Christ’s atoning work. Consider just a couple of the problems with the Moral Influence Theory.

    God’s Word clearly teaches that we have sinned against a holy God, and the penalty for that sin is death (Rom 3:23; 6:23). However, if we subscribe to the Moral Influence Theory, it’s not clear how our sin gets dealt with. The cross may deeply affect us, even moving us to change our behavior, but that won’t remove our guilt before God. We have sins that need to be forgiven (Eph 1:7) and a debt that needs to be cancelled (Col 2:14). A Righteous Judge cannot simply overlook this. It’s no surprise, then, that the Moral Influence Theory rejects the idea that our sin requires a payment, thus calling into question God’s perfect justice. Also, as Michael Horton observes, “A moral example or influence need hardly be God incarnate” (1). Clearly another atonement theory is needed.

    If we want to be made right with the holy and just God who is revealed in Scripture, our sin debt must be paid. Gratefully, Christ’s atoning work has done just that. Peter tells us that Christ died in our place, “the righteous for the unrighteous” (1 Pet 3:18). The name of the theory that best accounts for this view of the atonement is sometimes called the Penal Substitution Theory. As the name suggests, Christ’s atonement paid sin’s penalty (Penal) in our place (Substitution). God is both “just and the justifier” of those who trust in his Son (Rom 3:26).

    To be clear, seeing Jesus as our substitute doesn’t mean his atonement is not also a deeply moving demonstration of God’s love, nor does it mean that there weren’t other purposes for Christ’s death (like disarming the “rulers and authorities” (Col 2:15). But unless a sinless, sufficient sacrifice is made for our sins—something only the divine Son of God could do—our guilt remains and none of the other benefits of Christ’s death will work for our eternal good. No mere demonstration of love, however great, will wipe our record clean.

    Not even if it moves us to tears.

    – For more on Secret Church 6: The Cross of Christ, go here.

    (1) Michael Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, 504.

  3. New Resource: Small Group Discussion Guide for Secret Church 14

    Posted on September 8th, 2014 by David Burnette

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    If leading others through Secret Church material seems intimidating, or if you’re looking for a Bible study to do with your small group, we’ve designed a simple resource to help. Check out the new Small Group Discussion Guide for Secret Church 14: The Cross and Everyday Life (SC 14).

    The Small Group Discussion Guide breaks down 4.5 hours of teaching from SC 14 into a 6-week study that is designed to be used along with the video and Study Guide for SC 14. The Discussion Guide is free for anyone who purchases 5 or more SC 14 Study Guides or a SC 14 DVD. (The cost is $5.00 to order the Discussion Guide by itself.) To get those resources, you can go here.

    To download a free sample of Week 1 from the Discussion Guide, go here.

    You can use this resource to lead  another individual, a small group, or a large class through the material in Secret Church 14. Each week contains the following sections:

    Watch/Fill In

    This Discussion Guide breaks the Secret Church 14 study into six sessions. The Watch/Fill In portion will tell you how much of the video to watch during each session and what portion of the study guide will be used during that session.

    Week at a Glance

    The Week at a Glance section will give you a general overview of the material you will be studying each week.

    Key Takeaways and Verses

    Every week, the Discussion Guide will provide a few key takeaways from the study as well as key verses to help you guide the discussion following the video portion of the study.

    Explaining Terms and Concepts

    This section of the Discussion Guide is a resource to unpack terms and concepts used during the Secret Church study.

    Questions for Discussion and Reflection

    Questions for discussion and reflection are provided to help your small group think through and apply the concepts studied each week.

    For Further Study

    Each week a list of resources is provided for the leader and participants for further study on the content covered in that session.

    — To learn more about Secret Church 14: The Cross and Everyday Life, go here.

     

  4. 7 Reasons Why We Boast in the Cross

    Posted on August 25th, 2014 by Jonathan

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    The following is from Secret Church 6: The Cross of Christ.

    We should boast in the cross . . .

      1. Because the cross confronts us with who we once were. (Eph 2:1-5)

    • The cross reminds us of how horrible sin is.
    • The cross reminds us how humbling grace is.

      2. Because the cross comforts us with who we are now.

    • We are alive to God. (Rm 6:8-14)
      • Sacrifice: He died our death.
      • We were dead; now we live!
    • We have an advocate before God. (Rm 8:33-39; Heb 7:23-25)
      • Propitiation: He endured our condemnation
      • We were afraid; now we are friends!
    • We have access to God. (Heb 4:14-16)
      • Reconciliation: He suffered our separation
      • We were cast out; now we are invited in!
    • We are adopted by God. (Rm 8:15-17)
      • Redemption: He suffered our separation.
      • We were slaves; now we are now sons!

      3. Because the cross teaches us what it means to be saved.

    • The cross makes clear our justification. (Gal 2:15-20)
      • Christ died for us.
      • We are not working for righteousness, but from righteousness.
    • The cross makes possible our sanctification. (1 Cor 1:18)
      • Christ now lives in us.
      • We are not in debt to Christ; we are indwelt by Christ.
    • The cross makes certain our glorification. (Rm 8:28-30)
      • Christ is coming back for us.
      • We are not living for this world; we are living for the world to come.

      4. Because the cross shows us what it means to love. (1 Jn 3:16-18; Jn 13:35)

    • In the church . . . we unite around the cross.
    • Among the lost . . . we proclaim the cross.
    • Toward the poor . . . we embody the cross.

      5. Because the cross reminds us that our safety is not in this world.

    • We do not fear suffering. (Matt 10:26-31)
    • We are free to suffer. (Phil 1:29-30; Col 1:24)

      6. Because the cross keeps us from wasting our lives in this world. (Phil 3:7-11)

    • This world has nothing for us.
    • Christ is everything to us.

      7. Because the cross grips us with a vision of the world to come.

    • Jesus has identified the ultimate problem. (Rev 5:1)
      • We stand before a holy God hopeless.
      • We stand before a holy God helpless.
    • Jesus has paid the ultimate price. (Rev 5:5-6)
      • He is a conquering Lion.
      • He is a suffering Lamb.
    • Jesus has fulfilled the ultimate purpose. (Rev 5:7)
    • Jesus now deserves the ultimate praise. (Rev 5:8-14)
      • Our song will be new.
      • Our worship will be never-ending.
  5. Who Are the Unreached and Why Must We Go to Them?

    Posted on August 21st, 2014 by David Burnette

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    What does it mean to be part of an Unreached People Group (UPG)? How do unreached peoples stand before God? What is our obligation, as followers of Christ, to those who have no access to the gospel?

    The following outline provides a good summary for these kinds of questions. The outline was taken from Pastor David Platt’s sermon titled “Our Obligation to the Unreached,” and is based on Paul’s teaching in Romans 1-3 about man’s inherent sinful condition. To access the sermon in its entirety, including the outline below, go here.

     

    Who are the Unreached?

    • A people group among whom there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage the people group with church planting.
    • Technically speaking, the percentage of evangelical Christians in this people group is less than two percent.

    How Many People Are Unreached?

    • Over 6,500 people groups are unreached . . .

    Including at least two billion individual people

    • Over 3,000 are also unengaged (meaning there is currently no evangelical church planting strategy under way to reach that people group) . . .

    Including around 200 million individual people

    What Does It Mean To Be Unreached?

    • Practically . . .

    You do not currently have access to the gospel.

    Unless something changes, you will likely be born, live, and die without ever hearing the gospel.

    • Biblically . . .

    You have knowledge of God.

    You have rejected God.

    You stand condemned before God.

    You have never heard the good news about how you can be saved by God.

    Why Must We Go To The Unreached?

    • Because their knowledge of God is only enough to damn them to hell.
    • Because the gospel of God is powerful enough to save them forever.
    • Because the plan of God warrants the sacrifices of His people.
    • Because the Son of God deserves the praise of all peoples.

    To learn more about unreached peoples, visit Joshua Project.

  6. Why Seeing Isn’t Always Believing

    Posted on August 20th, 2014 by David Burnette

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    Have you ever read about Jesus’ miracles in Scripture and walked away thinking, “If only I had seen that, I would never again be ashamed of Christ?” Or maybe it’s one of God’s mighty works in the Old Testament–like Israel’s rescue from Egypt–and you think to yourself, “How could they experience that and still disobey?”

    At one level, it’s natural to want to experience unique demonstrations of God’s power and grace. I mean, really, who wouldn’t want to be there when God split the Red Sea in two? And who wouldn’t pay to see Lazarus come stumbling out of the tomb covered with four-day-old grave cloths? Surely our struggle to trust God would get much easier if we could only see these things with our own eyes . . . right?

    Diagnosing the Sin Problem

    The idea that simply eye-witnessing a miracle would catapult us into a new level of trust and obedience misses the teaching of Scripture, not only on the role of miracles, but even more fundamentally on the nature of faith and the blinding effects of sin. To say, “If God would only show me____, then I would trust him,” implies that our unbelief is due to a lack of evidence. But that’s not how the Bible diagnoses man’s sin problem.

    Paul tells us in Romans 1:18-32 that all men rebel against God because they prefer idols, not because they lack proof. In fact, it’s because we already have proof of God’s power and divine nature in creation that we are “without excuse” (20). God has made these things “plain,” yet we suppress the truth (18-19). Our “ignorance” flows from a hard heart. (Eph 4:18).

    More Than Floating Furniture

    Maybe you’ve heard an atheist claim that he would gladly believe in God if only God would perform some great miracle right before his eyes–like causing a table to levitate. God could do that, of course, but as Christians we should know better: it takes more than floating furniture to change the heart. People reject the light because they love the darkness (Jn 1:19). We need our eyes enlightened, even after we’re saved (Eph 1:18). It’s no wonder, then, that Scripture is overflowing with examples, both of godly saints and of rebellious sinners, who sinned blatantly after firsthand experience with God’s miraculous power.

    Noah got drunk after being rescued from a worldwide flood (Gen 8:20-21). Abraham lied about his wife after God spoke to him directly (Gen 20:2). The children of Israel saw Mt. Sinai enveloped in smoke and darkness, and they responded by demanding that Aaron make them an idol in the form of a golden calf (Ex 32). The trend continues in the New Testament. Some Jews who watched Lazarus walk out of the tomb refused to submit to Jesus and instead headed straight for the chief priests and Pharisees (Jn 11:46). Nine out of ten lepers who were cleansed by Jesus didn’t even go back to thank him (Lk 17:11-19). And as for the disciples, they didn’t always fare much better. After distributing bread and fish to over five thousand people, they seemed clueless as to how Christ would feed a smaller crowd only a short time later (Matt 15:33). Talk about missing the point!

    Perhaps Peter serves as the most striking example. This leading apostle was on hand for Jesus’ entire earthly ministry, including Christ’s transfiguration (Matt 17:1-8). He saw all the miracles and he even walked on water (briefly). Yet, on three different occasions during Jesus’ trial, this same Peter adamantly denied that he even knew the Lord of glory. Being an eyewitness did not ensure Peter’s faithfulness.

    Believing and Seeing

    None of these examples should be taken as a slight against miracles. One reason God performed miracles was to bear witness to the message of his salvation (Heb 2:4). Jesus pointed to his signs and wonders to convince John the Baptist that he was truly the Messiah (Matt 11:2-5). Likewise, God frequently reminds Israel of his mighty works of salvation in order to bolster their hope in him (Ps 105). Still, we’re mistaken to think that simply seeing supernatural events would cure our struggle to trust God.

    Unbelief can only be overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit. Whether it’s witnessing a miracle, understanding the gospel, or simply grasping a truth from God’s Word, we are dependent on the Spirit to see truth rightly and to love the truth that we see. This is the same Spirit who empowered the fearful and doubting disciples—those who had watched Jesus’ perform miracles—to give their lives for him after Pentecost. He will continue his transforming work in us too as we are “beholding the glory of the Lord” (2 Cor 3:18).

    So the next time you long for some supernatural proof of God’s presence, Christian, remind yourself that God has given you something greater than signs and wonders. You have his Spirit and his Word, yes “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Pet 1:3). There is no need to look elsewhere in your struggle to trust and obey. Finally, hear the encouragement Christ gives to those who have never seen him with their physical eyes: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (Jn 20:29).

  7. A Prayer for the Afflicted Saints of Iraq

    Posted on August 13th, 2014 by Jonathan

    The following prayer was originally posted by Rick Phillips on Reformation 21.

    Our Father in heaven, the sovereign and almighty God, the faithful covenant-keeper and Savior, we plead to you on behalf of our suffering fellow believers in Iraq.  Cast your eye upon them and have mercy to uphold and defend your flock.  Overthrow the evil of their persecutors and strengthen the faith of those suffering tribulation for the name of Jesus.

    Father, as of old you caused the enemies of your people to destroy one another in answer to the plea of Jehoshaphat (2 Chron. 20:23), so now bring discord, division, and self-destruction to the jihadist slayers afflicting your people.  Lord, as once you parted the Red Sea to make safe the way of Israel fleeing from Pharaoh’s host (Ex. 14:21-22), open a path to safety for your people fleeing in distress.  Our God, your Word foretells that Satan will make war on the church, all the more because he knows that his end is near (Rev. 12:12).  But as you promised, intervene supernaturally to provide a refuge in the wilderness for the church our enemy is seeking to destroy (Rev. 12:14-16).   Cause your suffering people to conquer by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; strengthen their testimony to Jesus, even under threat of death (Rev. 12:11).

    Our loving Father, Jesus foretold that his people would be hated by all nations and delivered up to tribulation (Mt. 24:9), as we see happening to the saints of Iraq.  Do not permit them to fall away or betray one another,  and keep their love from growing cold (Mt. 24:1012).  Hear the cries of Rachel in Iraq and Kurdistan, weeping for her children (Jer. 31:15).

    God of grace, have mercy on our fellow sinners who persecute your people in the name of a false god.  As once you turned the heart of Saul of Tarsus when he was the chief tormenter of your church (Acts 9:4-5), and as Jesus pled for you to forgive those who tortured him upon the cross (Lk. 23:34), now have mercy on those who crucify and behead the saints in Iraq.  Reveal your grace and glory to them so that they might repent, believe, and be saved.

    Finally, Lord, send your Spirit to inspire Christians who live in comfort and ease, that we might honor the martyrdom of our brothers and sisters by living boldly for Jesus, that we might abominate in ourselves the sins of hatred, lust, and idolatry that we see working so terribly against our brethren, and that we might live more soberly and prayerfully for the cause of Christ in this evil world.

    In the name of him who loves us and has freed us from our sins (Rev. 1:5), whom you have made head over all things for the church (Eph. 1:22), your Son Jesus Christ, we pray.  Come, Lord Jesus.  Amen.

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    Take Action: “Looming Humanitarian Catastrophe”

    Posted on August 9th, 2014 by Jonathan

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    Today, the Baptist Press (BP) released a statement urging people to take action on behalf of suffering Iraqis. Thousands of Christians have been forced to flee Mosul. The Islamic State (IS) is persecuting religious minorities of every variety, including the Yazidi people near Sinjar. Said the BP:

    Most pressing is a situation the White House calls a “looming humanitarian catastrophe” unfolding on a mountaintop near the Iraqi city of Sinjar, home to the country’s Yazidi religious minority, where some 50,000 Yazidi refugees are trapped with limited food and water. On Aug. 3, Sunni extremists known as Islamic State or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) seized the city as Sinjar’s Yazidi population fled fearing massacre. Many Iraqis without transportation escaped to the nearby Sinjar Mountains, a barren heap of rock where daytime temperatures can top 120 degrees.

    While the U.S. is dropping some supplies, there is no shortage of need. We would also like to urge you to act in two primary ways.

    1.  Most importantly, pray. God has ordained prayer, and He hears our pleas. Here are the prayer points released by the BP today:

      • Ask the Lord to awaken the world to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Iraq and to provide pathways for Christians and others to respond.
      • Ask God to miraculously protect the Yazidis and other Kurds who fled into the mountains; ask Him to provide a means of rescue and temporary homes for the refugees.
      • Pray that ISIS leaders and soldiers would experience the love of Jesus Christ and that their lives would be transformed.
      • Ask God to preserve and embolden the small remnant of believers in Mosul and Kurdistan, so that one day through their witness, every Iraqi might have the opportunity to hear the Gospel.

    2. Give. When it comes to crises like this, sufficient resources are critical.

    BP: “Help respond to Iraq’s refugee crisis by donating to the International Mission Board’s general relief fund or by texting imbrelief to 80888, which will donate $10 to that fund. To give through Baptist Global Response, visit gobgr.org/donate or text bgr to 80888.” (More info here)

    UPDATE: For questions about giving to the IMB’s general relief fund, you can call them toll-free at (800) 999-3113 or contact them via their online form. To find out more about giving to Baptist Global Response, go HERE.

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  9. Is This The Jesus You’re Talking About?

    Posted on August 6th, 2014 by David Burnette

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    It’s no small matter to be fuzzy or, even worse, flat out wrong about who Jesus is. At stake is nothing less than whether or not we can call ourselves Christians. That’s why John can say that those who deny Christ’s incarnation don’t belong to God (1 John 4:2-3). It’s also why Christology, or the person of Christ, was such an important topic in the early church councils of the first few centuries. Precision about Jesus is imperative.

    Now, before you start getting nervous, remember that Scripture does not say that we will have to correctly explain all the details of who Christ is, including the relationship between his human and divine natures, in order to enter the kingdom. For that we can be grateful. But we must affirm the straightforward teaching of Scripture on the fundamental aspects of who Jesus is. There’s a big difference between a young believer who is still trying to get his or her head around what it means for Jesus to be both God and man, on the one hand, and the person who openly denies the clear biblical teaching of Jesus’ deity. The Mormon church, for example, falls into this latter category, which is one of the reasons it must be labeled a false church. Wrong Jesus, wrong faith. Sure, becoming a Christian involves more than getting the right definition of Christ; but we should not aim for less.

    One way to sharpen our understanding of the person of Christ is to read through various Christian confessions and statements on this very topic. While Scripture is our ultimate authority and the place we should spend most of our time, it is edifying to see how Christians down through the centuries have summarized the Bible’s teaching on the Lord Jesus. In the end, these confessions should point us back to God’s Word and help us think rightly about it. With that in mind, consider the excerpt below on the person of Christ from the Second London Confession of 1689, along with a number of related Scripture links on this topic.

    When you speak of being a follower of Jesus, is this the Jesus you’re talking about?

    “The Son of God, the second person in the Holy Trinity, being very and eternal God, the brightness of the Father’s glory, of one substance and equal with him who made the world, who upholdeth and governeth all things he hath made, did, when the fullness of time was come, take upon him man’s nature, with all the essential properties and common infirmities thereof, yet without sin; being conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Spirit coming down upon her: and the power of the Most High overshadowing her; and so was made of a woman of the tribe of Judah, of the seed of Abraham and David according to the Scriptures; so that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion; which person is very God and very man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between God and man.”

    (John 1:14; Galatians 4:4; Romans 8:3; Hebrews 2:14, 16, 17; 4:15; Matthew 1:22, 23; Luke 1:27, 31, 35; Romans 9:5; 1 Timothy 2:5)
    — Taken from the “Second London Confession” in William L. Lumpkin, Baptist Confessions of Faith, 260-261. The Second London Confession (1689) is an adaptation of the Westminster Confession (1646) and the Savoy Declaration (1658).

  10. Persecution in the News

    Posted on August 1st, 2014 by Jonathan

    This past week has seen a flurry of blog posts, articles, videos, and teachings on persecution and Christian suffering that are all deserving of attention. So instead of our normal  Friday “Well Said” feature, we’re going to point you to a number of these pieces, all centered on the global plight of suffering and/or persecuted Christians . . .

    The Persecuted Church
    Led by Mindy Belz, this TGC Women’s Conference workshop is very informative.

    VIDEO: David Platt on global Christian persecution
    This 7 minute ERLC conversation covers the effects of persecution and our response to it.

    American Doctor with Ebola Displays Heroism
    Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are battling Ebola, a deadly disease they contracted while helping other stricken with it.

    Meriam Ibrahim, Freed from Sudan, Plans to Settle in New Hampshire
    The woman who was imprisoned for becoming a Christian and sentenced to death in Sudan has been freed.

    5 Facts About Christian Persecution
    Joe Carter of the ERLC offers a brief survey of global persecution.

    Stay or Go When Ebola Breaks Out?
    Robert Cutillo offers some helpful principles regarding risk and following Christ.

    State Department Releases Report on International Religious Freedom
    “In 2013, the world witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory.”

    Christian Persecution Bulletin Insert
    From the ERLC, this could be a helpful tool this Sunday: Persecution Sunday.

    For Sale: Mother Without Child: $800 (Part 1)
    Here is a stirring account of one North Korean woman’s journey to faith . . . and out of North Korea.

    Where Are The Iraqi Refugees Now?
    Under threat of death, ISIS has expelled all Christians living in Mosul. Where are they now?

    They Know Not What They Do
    “Sin has darkened the mind of the church’s enemies.”