Archive for January, 2012

Welcome to A Glorious Revolution!  This blog is a tool for the Senior Pastor at Trinity Church Myrtle Beach to hold forth the Gospel in Myrtle Beach and beyond.  The Glorious Revolution happened in England in 1688, when James II was overthrown and William of Orange ascended to throne in his place.  This event had particular significance for the Church of England because the King of England existed as the head of the Church.  The Glorious Revolution not only returned a Protestant to the throne, but ensured that only Protestants could serve as monarch in England and thus as head of the church of England.  The purpose of calling upon that history for this blog is not to start a holy war against catholics, but to articulate my deep wish for the Anglican Communion.  My wish is that a glorious revolution in the Anglican Communion and the wider Body of Christh, where tertiary issues take their rightful place, and the Gospel reassumes center stage.  This blog seeks to serve as a means to that end.  So, you will find posted here in the future, thoughtful articles about church life, leadership, preaching, culture, current events, and movies as well as links to other contemporary revolutionaries!

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Here is just a snippet from the article;

Who Owns Greatness?

By Fred G. Zaspel –

Everything that is, belongs to God. Why? Because he made it! This is a frequent theme in Scripture — because God is creator of all that is, he is free to do with it as he pleases. It is all his.

This, in turn, has direct bearing on this occasion of David’s worship. He and the people of Israel had given generously to God for the building of his Temple. But what they gave was already his! Indeed, if all greatness comes from God, then their very willingness to give came from him also: “And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly?”

We need to learn this well. It is a massively humbling truth: the more we do for God the more we are indebted to God for the honor of it. I can take no credit for any measure of greatness or goodness I may possess, for it is all a gift from God. “All things come from you, and of your own have we given you.” For every good deed, for every act of worship, we are indebted to God for the privilege of it.

Having recognized all this David takes the inevitable next step of worship. He prays that God will continue to show this favor to his people, and keep their hearts for himself.

O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision (vv. 18-19).

The whole article is worth your time. Read it here.

Communion

Posted: January 24, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christian Theology, Uncategorized

J. I. Packer:

I don’t think we can ever say too much about the importance of an active exercise of mind and heart at the communion service. . . .

Holy Communion demands us of private preparation of heart before the Lord before we come to the table. We need to prepare ourselves for fellowship with Jesus Christ the Lord, who meets us in this ceremony. We should think of him both as the host of the communion table and as enthroned on the true Mount Zion referred to in Hebrews 12, the city of the living God where the glorified saints and the angels are. (more…)

Hungering souls…. go to Jesus

Posted: January 20, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized

“There is but One to whom hungering souls must go, if they would not perish forever: they must go to Christ.”

— J. C. Ryle

Worship is the fuel & goal of missions

Posted: January 17, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.

So worship is the fuel and goal of missions.”

— John Piper

Union & Imitation

Posted: January 13, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christian Theology, Christianity

 

“Why can’t you be like your brother?” We all know intuitively that guilt-driven comparisons like this don’t actually work, but sometimes our frustration gets the better of us as parents. We hear, and sometimes say, the same thing in church. Frustrated with the lack of serious discipleship, we turn more easily and naturally to threats. In sharp contrast, Jesus spoke of our being his younger siblings, living branches of his vine. “You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to bear fruit that would last” (Jn 15:16). As I point out below, Paul’s horizon was much deeper, richer, and broader than imitation of Jesus. Being like Jesus Christ has its place only if we are in Christ to begin with.

 

 

 

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Resolutions, an encouragement for you

Posted: January 11, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized

from The Cripplegate:

As we discussed last week, the seventy Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards exemplify an eternal and God-glorifying perspective that all believers ought to emulate.

But let’s be honest. A list of spiritual goals compiled by one of church history’s greatest heroes can be a bit intimidating, especially when there are seventy of them. When we make similar resolutions — and later fail to keep them — it can be downright discouraging to compare ourselves to someone like Jonathan Edwards.

Well, here’s a nugget of encouragement for you.Even a notable Puritan theologian like Edwards struggled to keep his resolutions.

As historian George Marsden explains about Edwards:

It was one thing to make such a thorough and impressive list of resolutions; it was another to keep them. This we know from his diary, in which he reported his efforts fairly regularly for the next year or two. Although he noted the spiritual highs that he later recalled, his diary also records many days of lows, “decays,” and lengthy times of inability to focus on spiritual things.  (A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards, 24)

Here is one such example from Edwards’s Diary:

The last week I was sunk so low, that I fear it will be a long time before I am recovered. I fell exceedingly low in the weekly account [regarding keeping my resolutions]. I find my heart so deceitful, that I am almost discouraged from making any more resolutions. — Wherein have I been negligent in the week past; and how could I have done better, to help the dreadful low estate in which I am sunk?

Sound familiar?

Like all believers, Jonathan Edwards experienced times of temptation, defeat, and discouragement. His ongoing fight against the flesh is reminiscent of the struggle Paul described in Romans 7. Edwards’s battle resonates with us because we wage that same war each and every day.

So, how did he overcome those times? Even after periods of failure and fatigue, what was the key to renewing his resolve?

The answer is as simple as it is profound. Jonathan Edwards realized that his resolutions failed when he tried to accomplish them in his own strength. They could not succeed unless he relied on God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit for their accomplishment.

In his Diary, Edwards explained that the key to his spiritual vitality was not the mere making of resolutions, but rather a full dependence on the Spirit and grace of God.

Here’s what he wrote:

I find, by experience, that, let me make resolutions, and do what I will, with never so many inventions, it is all nothing, and to no purpose at all, without the motions of the Spirit of God.  . . . There [must be] no dependence on myself. Our resolutions may be at the highest one day, and yet, the next day, we may be in a miserable dead condition, not at all like the same person who resolved. So that it is to no purpose to resolve, except we depend on the grace of God. For, if it were not for his mere grace, one might be a very good man one day, and a very wicked one the next.  (January 2, 1722)

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