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The Gospel in the Life of the Believer

“The reminder of what we have become by grace is a constant defence against slipping  back into what were by nature.” (Ferguson, Sinclair. The Christian Life. (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2006), 114)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not merely the door by which we enter the Christian life. It is much more than that. It is the house within which we dwell as Christians. As Ferguson points out in his excellent work, The Christian Life, a regular reminder of the Gospel is the best defense against slipping back into old sinful habits. The Gospel needs to be preached weekly from the pulpit in our churches, returned to often in our small group Bible studies, and regularly remembered in our daily lives. Continue reading

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Already But Not Yet

As a follower of Christ, doctrine and theology have been important to me, particularly in the most recent decade of my life as both a means to better understand and articulate what God has done for me through Jesus Christ and fan my zeal for the Lord. The concept of “already but not yet” has been a great help in gaining a more full perspective of God’s story and, most importantly, His plan of salvation for His people. I first encountered the concept in my years interning for Young Life immediately following college. My understanding has changed much and continues to expand. Continue reading

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Christ’s Gospel is For Everyone

Two Sundays ago (August 21st), Justin Taylor concluded a short sermon series at our church on our mission statement, which reads, “To bring glory to God through Spirit-transformed lives by the beauty and power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” His sermon covered the last point of the mission statement: the beauty and power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Here’s an excerpt: Continue reading

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Cursed Is The Ground

Would God punish someone for eternity in hell because of a bunch of sins committed in a few short years of life? That is a popular question being raised today. The question behind this question is, “Would a good God be fair or good to punish someone for eternity for that which was done in a finite life?” Seems like a good question. Let’s look at Genesis 3, just after Adam and Eve ate of the apple.

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:17-19)

Was it fair for God to curse the ground for the rest of this age because of one sin, one instance of disobedience by Adam and Eve, something as simple as eating an apple? This question, just like the first one, is shortsighted and misses the point. It confuses and misunderstands the entire doctrine of sin. Continue reading

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Loving Christ More

In Luke 7, Jesus is a guest for dinner at the home of Simon, a Pharisee. While reclining at the table, a sinful woman, stood behind Jesus at his feet weeping, wetting his feet with tears, wiping them with her hair, and anointing them with expensive ointment she brought with her. Simon, knowing the woman’s reputation, thought to himself that if Jesus was truly a prophet he would have known what kind of woman this was at his feet touching him. He does not believe Jesus is truly a prophet, let alone the Son of God. Continue reading

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