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Posted on February 27th, 2014 by Jonathan
In a recent sermon on Luke 1:5-25, 57-80, Jim Shaddix encouraged Christians to meet periods of personal suffering with faith. Below is some practical instruction for us based on the suffering of Zechariah and Elizabeth in their infertility.
1. Don’t expect a pass on suffering for living right. (Luke 1:5-7)
Trials may still come even if you’re striving for holiness and following Christ closely. In fact, sometimes following Christ increases our suffering.
2. Look for God’s redemptive plan in your suffering. (Luke 1:8-17)
Ask God how your personal suffering is connected to his larger agenda. Sometimes he makes it clear and sometimes he doesn’t, but we can trust that his grand redemptive plan works in tandem with our personal episodes of hardship.
3. Don’t expect God’s ways to always make sense. (Luke 1:18-23)
His ways are higher than our ways, so we shouldn’t try to “square” his plan with the natural way things work. We should view suffering through the lens of God’s power, rather than view God’s power through the lens of our suffering.
4. Rejoice in God’s mercy more than your blessing. (Luke 1:24-25, 57-58)
Focus on the mercy of the Blesser, not the miracle of the blessing. Don’t get caught up in the excitement of God’s provision and forget to praise him.
5. Refuse to compromise obedience to God’s words. (Luke 1:59-63)
It’s all too easy not to do things God’s way, whether while suffering or after he relieves it. But this is sure to drive us away from God. We should exercise faith in him through obedience, even when it’s difficult.
6. Connect the dots for others by celebrating God’s salvation. (Luke 1:64-80)
By God’s grace, point others to God’s loving salvation before, during, and after suffering. Though challenging, God often uses personal suffering as a platform for gospel proclamation.
You can view the entire sermon HERE.
Posted on February 26th, 2014 by Eric Parker
All throughout history, God has worked mightily through his Word. You need not go any further than Genesis 1 to see this in action. However, in today’s American evangelical context, God’s Word tends to be minimized for the sake of practicality. If you want to reach the crowds, if you want to have a good quiet time, if you want to grow your church or ministry, then the cry is usually, “We need more!” That is, we need more than what the Bible has to offer in order to meet with God.
But, when the Word of God is read or heard carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully, its logic and meaning have the power to transform us. And when this Word is proclaimed, its message may even produce something like a graphic image of the truth in our hearts and minds. It’s analogous to adding color to a black and white picture. The content of the picture has not changed, but the image has been deepened and sharpened to help the viewer see more vividly the reality it portrays.
In the video below from Session X of the CROSS student missions conference, pastor David recites Romans 1-8. This is a good example of the power of God’s Word proclaimed, even without explanation. You can access the entirety of the message, “Mobilizing God’s Army for the Great Commission,” by going here.
To learn more about the blessings of Scripture intake and Scripture memory, join us for Secret Church 14 “The Cross and Everyday Life.”
Posted on February 19th, 2014 by Eric Parker
Pastor David addresses a pressing question for our generation: How far is too far (sexually) for an unmarried couple? Go here to access “The Cross and Christian Sexuality-Part 2″ in its entirety.
Posted on February 13th, 2014 by Jonathan
Some of you might remember last summer’s simulcast that kicked off LifeWay’s Follow Me Bible study. We now have those video files available on our website so that you can access them anytime! They could be great tools for you to use in the context of a church or small group as you encourage one another to follow Christ in full surrender to Him. Just click below to check it out…
Posted on February 12th, 2014 by Eric Parker
In providing life for us, the cross of Christ also brings about death to our old self. We now lay our lives down in terms of our mission and our preferences for the sake of advancing Jesus’ mission. Click here to view “The Pastor and His Calling” in its entirety.
In the wake of Super Bowl XLVIII, Albert Mohler commented on a recent essay published in The Washington Post titled “Is Religion Losing Ground To Sports?” Their answer was yes, and so was Mohler’s. According to him,
The fastest-growing segment of the American public in terms of religious identification is the ‘nones,’ designating those who identify with no religious tradition at all. At the same time, a religious dedication to sports has been growing. While correlation does not prove causation, the links between these two developments are haunting.
How is it haunting? Mohler pointed out the undying devotion of adolescent athletes and their parents who scarcely miss a practice, much less a game, while simultaneously, “team sports activities or other forms of organized athletics have taken many evangelical families away from church activities.” What is the object of our worship? To top off this sobering comparison, he metaphorically referred to the stadium in which next year’s already-anticipated Super Bowl will be held as a “cathedral” and the travel of the masses to it as a “pilgrimage.”
Given the wild popularity of athletics in our cultural climate today, this is one of the topics that David Platt will focus on in the upcoming Secret Church simulcast, “The Cross and Everyday Life.” As you’ll see in the below clip, though he is not opposed to sports, he resonates with Albert Mohler when it comes to the haunting correlation between the (often idolatrous) devotion people have to sports and the seeming lack of devotion they have to the church. Register for the April 18 simulcast to hear him unpack this a little bit more and explain how the gospel compels us to engage in sports in a healthy way.
Posted on February 6th, 2014 by Eric Parker
Pastor David talking about the humility we should have before the cross of Christ. Click here to view “The Pastor and His Calling” in its entirety.
Posted on February 5th, 2014 by Jonathan
For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.
- Hebrews 13:14
Seeking God’s future city changes everything about how we live in the present. Here’s a video from the IMB in which David Platt encourages us along these lines.
Posted on January 28th, 2014 by Eric Parker
In Secret Church 9, “The Body of Christ,” Pastor David explores the question of whether or not Scripture permits women to serve as deacons. Click here to access Secret Church 9 in its entirety.
Posted on January 18th, 2014 by Jonathan
This Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, be encouraged by Molly Anne Dutton’s testimony to the saving power of adoption in her life, both physical and spiritual.
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