Archive for September, 2012

“One Thing Remains”

Posted: September 28, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity
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Track #8 From Passion White Flag

Chorus:
Your love never fails
It never gives up
It never runs out on me
(x3)
Your love

Verse 1:
Higher than the mountains
That I face
Stronger than the power
Of the grave
Constant in the trial and the change
One thing remains
One thing remains

Chorus

Verse 2:
Because on and on and
On and on it goes
It overwhelms
And satisfies my soul
And I never, ever,
Have to be afraid
One thing remains
One thing remains

Chorus

Bridge:
In death, in life
I’m confident and covered
By the power of Your great love
My debt is paid
There’s nothing that can separate
My heart from Your great love

A terrible sickness

Posted: September 27, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, Sanctification

“I am wired by nature to love the same toys that the world loves. I start to fit in. I start to love what others love. I start to call earth “home.” Before you know it, I am calling luxuries “needs” and using my money just the way unbelievers do. I begin to forget the war. I don’t think much about people perishing. Missions and unreached people drop out of my mind. I stop dreaming about the triumphs of grace. I sink into a secular mind-set that looks first to what man can do, not what God can do. It is a terrible sickness. And I thank God for those who have forced me again and again toward a wartime mind-set.”

John Piper

(Don’t Waste Your Life)

“What Did Jesus Come to Save Us From?”

Posted: September 27, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship

from John Piper:

Let’s do this inductively.  I ask.  You answer.

John 3:17, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

  • Why did God send his Son? _______________

John 3:36, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

  • Does not obeying the Son (e. g., when he commands us to trust him) bring us under God’s wrath or leave us under his wrath? _______________
  • So what did God send his Son to save us from? _______________
  • Is this a felt need among the unbelievers you know? _______________
  • What are the implications for the content of preaching and evangelism? ___________

John Piper (@JohnPiper) is the Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis, MN) and the founder of Desiring God.

Far too easily pleased

Posted: September 26, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, Sanctification

 “If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith.  Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mudpies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

C. S. Lewis:

(The Weight of Glory, 1-2)

Long for the Lord Jesus Himself

Posted: September 26, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Sanctification

 “We are meant to long supremely for the Lord himself, for the Giver, not his gifts.  The absence of blessings – rejection, vanity, reviling, illness, poverty – often is the crucible in which we learn to love God for who he is.  In our idolatry we make gifts out to be supreme goods, and make the Giver into the errand boy of our desires.”David

Powlison:

(Seeing with New Eyes134-135)

God Exalting Worship

Posted: September 25, 2012 by boydmonster in Trinity Sermons

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYOE6Q4A?p=1 width=”854″ height=”510″] Delivered by Rev. Chris Bear

Bring People to Christ

Posted: September 25, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, The Christian Life

 “We would labor earnestly to raise a believer in salvation by free will into a believer in salvation by grace, for we long to see all religious teaching built upon the solid rock of truth and not upon the sand of imagination. At the same time, our grand object is not the revision of opinions, but the regeneration of natures. We should bring men to Christ, not to our own particular views of Christianity. C.H.

Spurgeon:

(The Soulwinner, 10)