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Posted on July 20th, 2015 by Radical
“The culture doesn’t listen to us on issues of sexual immorality and impurity, not only because their hearts are hard and they don’t want to believe the truth, but also because Christians have had a nasty little habit of talking about sexual issues from a standpoint of arrogance and superiority instead of mutual brokenness. The reality is every single Christian – every single Christian – has sinned sexually, and every single Christian will sin sexually again.”
Dr. Heath Lambert goes on to talk about why it is so important for the church to begin with humble introspection when it comes to addressing issues of sexual sin.
Heath Lambert serves as Executive Director at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, a Counter Culture ministry partner. ACBC is the largest biblical counseling organization in the world with certified counselors and counseling training centers in 17 countries. He is also the author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013). Learn more about Lambert here.
Sexual immorality is one of the most pervasive issues covered in David Platt’s latest book, Counter Culture. Learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.
Posted on July 6th, 2015 by Jonathan
Christopher Yuan is a former homosexual who became a believer while incarcerated for dealing drugs. From personal experience, he encourages Christians who are “in the trenches” with the fact that God’s Word (and only God’s Word) has the power to change and save people.
Christopher Yuan is now a speaker on faith & sexuality, a professor at Moody Bible Institute, the co-author of Out of a Far Country, and an HIV+ survivor. You can find out more about Yuan at christopheryuan.com.
Homosexuality and sexual immorality are discussed in David Platt’s latest book, Counter Culture. Learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.
Heath Lambert counsels people with two practical first steps to take in defeating their addiction to pornography. Both are humble pleas for help:
- Pray: “No matter how guilty you’re feeling, no matter how ashamed you are of what you’re doing… that is the moment when you need to draw near to the throne of grace and receive help in your time of need” (Heb 4:16).
- Tell Someone Else: “You have to find a pastor or a wise Christian friend who can help you. Don’t tell one of your peers who also struggles with the same thing. By definition, they won’t know what to say. You need someone with spiritual maturity and wisdom to get you some place where you are not.”
Dr. Heath Lambert is a professor who serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. ACBC is the largest biblical counseling organization in the world with certified counselors and counseling training centers in 17 countries. He is also the author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013). Learn more about Heath here.
Posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan
Jackie Hill Perry proclaims the gospel differently than I, and that’s a good thing. In fact, if you’ll listen to the two videos below, part of her encouragement to us is to use whatever gifts God has given us to tell people about Christ in whatever ways we can think of. This means there are an infinite number of possibilities, because everyone is different. Discover your giftings, obey your calling, and proclaim the gospel as faithfully as you can.
Posted on April 14th, 2015 by Jonathan
Rosaria Butterfield helps us think through the following question: “What are some of the first steps for ChristIans who want to engage friends who identify themselves as gay or homosexual?”
Many of the issues Butterfield addresses are discussed in David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture. You can learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.
Butterfield is a former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. After her conversion to Christianity in 1999, she developed a ministry to college students. She has taught and ministered at Geneva College and is a full-time mother and pastor’s wife, part-time author (The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert), and occasional speaker. Find out more at RosariaButterfield.com.
Posted on April 7th, 2015 by Jonathan
In the video below, John Stonestreet talks about some ways that Christians can equip themselves to live in and engage a hostile culture. In his words, “There is going to be no substitute for everyday Christians living out their faith and being able to winsomely talk about their convictions in their everyday lives.” Stonestreet went on to say that we need to be able to teach 1) the truth of the Christian position, and 2) why it’s the truth. Here’s a brief outline of his main pointers.
- Where the Bible is clear on something, we need to be clear on it too.
- We need to know why the Bible says what it does. Argue from Scripture and God’s creation.
- Have good conversations. Build relationships with people who are different from you.
- Ask good questions.
John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also co-host of BreakPoint and host of ThePoint, audio programs that help Christians think through cultural issues in a biblical way.
David Platt addresses many of the most prevalent cultural issues of our day in his latest book, Counter Culture. To learn more, go to CounterCultureBook.org.
Trillia Newbell is a wife, mother of two, writer, editor, speaker, consultant, and most recently, the author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves, out today wherever books are sold. We were able to review the book in advance and believe it will be a valuable source of biblical encouragement for those tempted with fear of various kinds.
Trillia graciously agreed to answer a few questions for us about the book. We hope this brief interview will give you a good idea of what to expect in Fear and Faith, even as it serves you now with uplifting biblical truth.
Here’s what she had to say about Fear and Faith...
Who did you have in mind when you wrote this book?
I wrote this book with primarily women in mind. I believe everyone struggles with fear, but am aware that women have particular burdens, concerns, and temptations in this area. Although women are the primary audience, I do hope that men and pastors will benefit from Fear and Faith as they seek to serve their wives and church members.
Your book covers fear of man, fear of the future, fear of tragedy, fear of not measuring up, and other fears… do these fears have a common root?
I think a common root would be unbelief. I fear man when I forget that God is for me (so who can be against me). I fear tragedy when I forget that God is sovereign and good. I fear I won’t measure up when I forget that Christ has already measured up for me. There are definitely other root issues such as pride and worry, but often we fear because we don’t believe. So, we pray: I believe, help my unbelief.
At one point in the book, you say, “We don’t want to wait until our fears come true. We want to prepare now.” What do you mean by this, and how do you prepare?
God never promises a cozy Christian life. We don’t become Christians and all our problems are then solved. We want to paint an accurate picture of the Christian faith—it is not easy. There is great joy in knowing that we have a Savior who was tempted in every way but without sin. It is good to know that we have a Heavenly Father who is also the Creator of the world and a Lord who can make the wind and waves stand still with his breath. We prepare by studying God’s Word, learning about his character, and rehearsing the gospel to our hearts. We prepare through head knowledge and heart prep. We learn to love God above all else (failing along the way and resting in the grace that covers our failures). When our fears do come true and we experience death, for example, we remember truths like death’s sting will cease and that we have a living hope. One day we will only rejoice, we will no longer endure the pain of this world. That brings me peace and joy.
You talk about combating all our earthly, sinful fears by fearing God. What does this look like?
I think it looks a lot like the answer above. I want to fear God, but I won’t have that awe-filled, worshipful, adoration for someone I don’t know. So, to combat fear by fearing God is to first know God through his word. But I don’t want to have only a head knowledge of God, I want to have faith. So I ask God to give me faith to believe. But I also don’t want to stop there and only have faith, I want to love him. I know that I love God because he first loved me, so I ask him to continue to teach me about himself so that I might grow in love with him. In the end, I think as we do this we also grow in the fear of the Lord.
What comfort is there for someone who has a problem with fear?
God is with you. I think knowing that God is real and with me is a great comfort. Also, Jesus became fear so that we would be completely lacking in fear. In other words, Jesus died on the cross and absorbed the fear that you struggle with, that fear that grips you and plagues you, that fear has been bought with a price. We are forgiven of our fear. Isn’t that amazing news? And God promises to finish the good work he began in you. He promises to sanctify you and teach you to trust him. Call on him who is faithful.
Posted on March 31st, 2015 by Jonathan
Heath Lambert talks about some of the new challenges we must deal with in addressing sexual immorality today.
Sexual immorality is one of the pervasive issues covered in David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture. Drawing heavily on Scripture and compelling personal accounts from around the world, Platt presents a pointed yet winsome call for readers to faithfully follow Christ in countercultural ways—ways that will prove both costly and rewarding for the contemporary church. Learn more at CounterCultureBook.com.
Dr. Heath Lambert serves as Executive Director at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. ACBC is the largest biblical counseling organization in the world with certified counselors and counseling training centers in 17 countries. He is also the author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013). Learn more about Heath here.
Posted on March 24th, 2015 by Jonathan
This week, the ERLC is hosting their 2015 Leadership Conference on The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation. Be on the look out for resources from them on this timely and important issue in the days ahead. As David Platt contends in his latest book, Counter Culture, racism is a gospel issue.
In the video below, Trillia Newbell (consultant on Women’s Initiatives for the ERLC) talks about how ethnic diversity is tied to the gospel.
Posted on March 10th, 2015 by Jonathan
In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul lays out a somber warning for the believers in Corinth: the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Who are the unrighteous? Paul gets specific.
Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10)
Thankfully, by God’s grace, Paul didn’t stop there.
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor 6:11)
And such were some of you. The Corinthians had undergone a fundamental transformation from sinner to saint, and “by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God,” they stood now guiltless before God.
This gospel testimony, true of all believers, is clearly seen in the life of Christopher Yuan. Christopher lived as a promiscuous gay man until he met Jesus in prison, where he was serving time for dealing drugs. Listen to the story of God’s great mercy in his life and be encouraged by God’s amazing grace.
Homosexuality and sexual immorality are discussed in David Platt’s latest book, Counter Culture. Go to CounterCultureBook.com to find out more about it and to get involved in gospel ministries that deal with such issues.
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