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Posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Radical
This message was delivered by David Platt at CROSS 2015. In it, he shares his own personal longing to go to the unreached while urging all believers to give their lives for the spread of the gospel among the unreached. Below are his three main points:
- Surrender to Christ regardless of the cost.
- Abide in Christ and follow where He leads.
- Trust in Christ, for He is the great reward.
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 May 27th, 2015 by Jonathan
In Secret Church 7: Angels, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare, David Platt addresses the issue of demon possession and how we should biblically think about it. To view the teaching in its entirety, go here.
Posted on May 14th, 2015 by Jonathan
Conrad Mbewe is the pastor of Katwaba Baptist Church in Zambia, Africa. In addition to his faithful ministry in his home country, he is a prolific writer and preaches all over the world. Below, he offers three helpful ways to pray for the continent of Africa.
In each of the three categories Pastor Mbewe mentions (especially the second – urbanized Africa), good theological training would be a huge help. There’s a great way to get involved in equipping Christians in Africa with just such resources. The Gospel Coalition International Outreach is producing a resource to combat a rampant problem throughout Africa: the prosperity gospel. Once the resource is complete (its contributors are Pastor Mbewe, Michael Otieno Maura, Ken Mbugua, Wayne Grudem, and John Piper), this book will be distributed for free throughout Africa and beyond.
You can help by donating here. A gift of $25 provides roughly 30 copies. The previous donation link includes a great information page featuring another interview with Conrad Mbewe, a video of John Piper on the prosperity gospel, an explanation of the resource they’re creating, a summary of English in Africa, and links to other related posts.
We’re thankful for the faithful ministry of TGC International Outreach in giving relief to Africa and other areas of the world suffering from a “theological famine.”
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.
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 17th, 2015 by Jonathan
In a recent article for 9Marks, Jackie Hill Perry wrote about how she went from embracing a lesbian lifestyle to loving her role as a woman and wife.
Even with a clear understanding of biblical gender roles, my pride had to die and my faith had to soar for me to live those truths. My entire life had consisted of being terrified of being perceived as weak, to the point that I tried to live and act like a man. The idea of being “the weaker vessel” or being a “helper” didn’t seem flattering—until I took my eyes off myself and remembered Christ.
I had to remember that God the Son himself, the Creator of the universe, the one whom angels worship and demons fear, did not count equality with God the Father as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant. God became a servant.
With this in mind, ultimately my embrace of complementarianism became possible when I was willing to see my womanhood as a means to look and live like Jesus.
Read the rest of her insightful article here. Then check out the below videos, in which Jackie clearly displays and explains the beauty of the gospel. “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Tim 1:15).
Homosexuality and marriage is discussed in David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture. For more information, visit CounterCultureBook.com.
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