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Am I Really Converted?

April 13:
Am I Really Converted?

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 2:26

I believe in the deeper Christian life and experience—oh yes! But I believe we are mistaken when we try to add the deeper life to an imperfect salvation, obtained imperfectly by an imperfect concept of the whole thing.

Under the working of the Spirit of God through such men as Finney and Wesley, no one would ever dare to rise in a meeting and say, “I am a Christian” if he had not surrendered his whole being to God and had taken Jesus Christ as his Lord.…

Today, we let them say they are saved no matter how imperfect and incomplete the transaction, with the proviso that the deeper Christian life can be tacked on at some time in the future.

Can it be that we really think that we do not owe Jesus Christ our obedience?

We have owed Him obedience ever since the second we cried out to Him for salvation, and if we do not give Him … obedience, I have reason to wonder if we are really converted!

I am satisfied that when a man believes on Jesus Christ he must believe on the whole Lord Jesus Christnot making any reservation!

 


A. W. Tozer  Tozer, A. W., & Foster, M. E. (2007). Tozer on the Holy Spirit: A 366-day devotional. Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread.

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What does this mean? – Exodus 13:14

 

 

And when in time to come your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.
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The Holy Spirit is… – A.W. Tozer

We do not need many gifts but one.… The Holy spirit is wisdom, power, holiness, faith, love … all comprehended in the one living Presence that comes to abide in the heart that is yielded wholly to Him. – A.W. Tozer

The Beginning of the Creation

by Henry Morris, Ph.D.

Evidence for Creation

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6)

These words of the Lord Jesus Christ ought to settle once and for all, for those who take His words seriously, the controversial question of the age of the earth. The earth was created essentially at the same time, He said, as the creation of Adam and Eve. Christ was quoting from Genesis 1:27: “male and female created He them.” This greatest of God’s creative works was “from the beginning of the creation,” not 13 billion years after the beginning of the creation, as modern old-earth advocates allege.

One can understand why atheists believe in evolution and an almost infinitely old universe, for they really have no other alternative. One who believes in a personal God, on the other hand, only dishonors God if he believes such humanistic speculations rather than God’s Word. God is omniscient and omnipotent, as well as loving and merciful, and He would never do anything like this. The great ages assumed by evolutionary geologists supposedly involved billions of years of suffering and dying by billions of animals before man ever evolved. Surely this would have been the most inefficient, wasteful, and cruel method that ever could have been devised for “creating” human beings. Since man’s creation was God’s main purpose, there is no conceivable reason why He would waste billions of years in such a meaningless charade as this before getting to the point.

In fact, the only reason He took six days instead of an instant of time was to serve as a pattern for man’s work week (Exodus 20:8-11). In fact, the Lord Jesus Christ was not only a creationist, but was Himself the Creator of all things (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; etc.). Therefore, He is the best possible witness as to when He created man and woman, and He said it was “from the beginning of the creation!” HMM

Evidence for Creation

 

Q&A Series: How Can the Church Tell a Gay 16-Year Old that ‘God’s Will’ for them Is a Life Void of Sex and Romance? (Part 3/10)

Q&A Series: How Can the Church Tell a Gay 16-Year Old that ‘God’s Will’ for them Is a Life Void of Sex and Romance? (Part 3/10)

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I have at least a dozen friends whose Christian kids, mostly sons, have come out to them in the past 18 months. For the church to tell a 16-year-old that “God’s will” is a life void of romance is a tough message to communicate. What’s your answer? More…Visit website

 

 

Franklin Graham: Mr. President, the Nation Needs to Hear This Message From You

 

Franklin Graham: Mr. President, the Nation Needs to Hear This Message From You

The bold evangelist son of Billy Graham took to Facebook this morning after two police officers were shot in Ferguson riots this week.

“Listen up—blacks, whites, Latinos, and everybody else. Most police shootings can be avoided,” Franklin Graham posted. “It comes down to respect for authority and obedience. If a police officer tells you to stop, you stop. If a police officer tells you to put your hands in the air, you put your hands in the air. If a police officer tells you to lay down face first with your hands behind your back, you lay down face first with your hands behind your back. It’s as simple as that. Even if you think the police officer is wrong—YOU OBEY.”

The lesson here is respect for authority, Graham writes. It starts at the top.

“Parents, teach your children to respect and obey those in authority. Mr. President, this is a message our nation needs to hear, and they need to hear it from you,” he wrote. “Some of the unnecessary shootings we have seen recently might have been avoided. The Bible says to submit to your leaders and those in authority ‘because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.'”

Do you agree with Graham’s comments? Sound off!

Original article at http://www.charismanews.com/us/48721-franklin-graham-mr-president-the-nation-needs-to-hear-this-message-from-you

 

 

FROM  Mar 09, 2015 Category: Articles

Alec Motyer has written: “An expository ministry is the proper response to a God-breathed Scripture… Central to it all is that concern which the word ‘exposition’ itself enshrines: a display of what is there.

There are a variety of sermon types that fail to “display what is there.” These include:

1. The “I want to tell you what is on my heart” sermon.

It may begin with the text, but the text functions as a mere peg on which to hang the preacher’s “concerns.” Its hermeneutic is inadequate. It fails to look at the intention of God in the passage. What emerges is often full of passion but devoid of precision, earnest but effervescent, relevant but unrelated.

2. The “I have been reading Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology” sermon.

Instead of asking the question, “What is the intention of God?” it asks, “Where does this passage fit in my systematic theology?” or “What doctrine does this passage teach?” Both Reformed and dispensational schools fall into this practice regularly. They have a certain… Read more…

3 Historical Streams of the Missional Church Part 1: The Missionary Stream

The missionary movement was the first (and important) stream of the missional church. Christian organizations, churches, and authors have defined, refined, and redefined the application and expression of God's mission over the last 100 years. Mission, as God's call and direction, has existed for far longer. We see mission in the Old Testament, leading up…

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2015/march/3-historical-streams-of-missional-church-part-1-missionary-.html

 

Dear Rob Bell: The Church Isn’t Giving an Inch on Same-Sex Marriage

By Published on March 5, 2015

Rob Bell with Oprah

Rob Bell with Oprah

Dear Rob Bell,

I recently read your comments to Oprah about the church being “moments away” from affirming gay marriage. Here are your remarks as reported on one website:

“We’re moments away,” Rob Bell said. “I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and co-workers and neighbors and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.”That statement prompted a question from Oprah: “When is the church going to get that?”

Rob, you’re a gifted communicator. You drew many folks to your church in Michigan, and now you have a show on Oprah’s network. It’s clear that you’re charismatic, funny and adept at making complex realities simple to understand. But — excuse my own attempt at brevity — you’re dead wrong on the church and same-sex marriage.

The church, that is, the body of Christ, isn’t giving an inch on this issue. Sure, there are congregations who are moving in this direction. But tens and tens of thousands of congregations from a wide array of denominations and all around the world, whose head is Christ and are filled with people who love God’s inerrant Word, we aren’t moving an inch. We’re not scared; we’re not intimidated; we’re not even impressed. We’ve seen this all before.

As you note, the culture has moved with great swiftness on this issue. There appears to be no moral check to this momentum in broader cultural life. It is not so with the church. The church has a mighty foundation, a living Lord, for its moral code, and a moral imagination inspired by the holy prophets, martyred apostles and crucified Lord. The church is a counter-culture that speaks truth.

Many have left this foundation, affirming such virtues as liberty and equality, but now without warrant or guidance. They speak of rights but reject their grounding. They hunger for justice, but have no cornerstone for it. This is not a new movement; it’s an old and tired one. Ask the Jacobins how their Revolution played out. Even Napoleon realized that went poorly. Ask the Russians under statism how freedom fared. You don’t need to read The Gulag Archipelago to see that secularism of varying kinds fails to make good on its promises.

Rob, you’re right that the culture wants the church to give up. With a pat on the head, we’re assured that we can keep feeling precious spiritual thoughts in our hearts, pray nice little prayers in our closets, be good sanctified boys and girls in our own weird-smelling sanctuaries. But to live out our convictions? To bring them into the public square? To be salt and light? The culture shudders at the thought, even as it acts on its own convictions and brings them into the public square.

The strange thing is that you used to understand this. You used to be a voice for the people in exile. You used to preach the Bible, and people loved your ministry. You stood with God against the world. But now, as it pains many of us to see, you stand with the world against God.

That is your prerogative. But you no longer speak sound words.

Rob, there will be no surrender on marriage. There will be no truce. We will not bargain down our doctrine. We will not hand over our beliefs. We will not put the truth in a heart-shaped box. We may lose our public voice, but we will not lose our public convictions.

Christians have often, for the good of the world, had to stand against the world. In America, for a brief and shining moment, we — and many others — have enjoyed spectacular amounts of religious liberty. That may change. If so, we will only be walking in ancient paths. But here is the remarkable thing, Rob. Unlike the culture, we don’t hate and silence those who oppose us. We take ideas seriously, but if we are hated for the truth, we react with love.

Gays, lesbians, transgender people, heterosexual adulterers, atheists, folks who think telling “white lies” is OK, the regular churchgoers without a shred of grace — any and all who have issues with the hard words of Scripture — these are not our enemies. We see beauty in every person. We love such people, all of them created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27).

We do not offer them, however, a harmless gospel. This is what the culture demands of us, but we cannot acquiesce. The message of Jesus Christ is not a self-affirming message. It is a call to death. It is a summons to submission. It means that we lose all our sin and gain all of Christ. We open the Bible, and we see a cross on every page. That’s the emblem of Holy Scripture. Crucifixion. Suffering. Death. But then, and only then: Life. Resurrection. Eternity.

Rob, I hope you will return to these things. I know you still sometimes celebrate communion with your friends. The old imagery still speaks. The body and blood are for sinners like you and me. They ever will be, even if church buildings go vacant, the nurseries go silent, the pulpit lies empty, the jails swell with preachers and the unemployment lines teem with convictional Christians. No matter. The body and blood remain.

Best,

Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan is an Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, and author of the forthcoming book The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living Your Faith in a Hostile World.

 

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s influence today is felt more than ever, as he is the most published Christian author in church history.1 He is often quoted in sermons, articles, books, tweets, and other quote-worthy mediums among Christians. Helmut Thielicke helpfully points out the impact and influence of Spurgeon’s ministry when he notes that, “The fire Spurgeon kindled turned into a beacon that shone across the seas and down through generations, was no mere brush fire of sensationalism, but an inexhaustible blaze that glowed and burned on solid hearths and was fed by the wells of the eternal Word. Here was the miracle of a brush that burned with fire and yet was not consumed.”2

Albert Mohler explains that “the defining characteristic of Spurgeon’s ministry was an undiluted passion for the exposition and proclamation of God’s Word.”3Spurgeon’s influence is felt today because he was a man of the people, a man whose infectious love for the Lord Jesus Christ spilled over into all he wrote, said and did. Spurgeon’s influence won him many friends and many critics but it is undeniable that his influence is felt on evangelicalism today because of his passionate pursuit of proclaiming the glory and majesty of Christ in everything… Spurgeon, Inerrancy, and What We Still Need Today – Click to read more…

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