Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Think About That!

". . . to us who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope that is set before us in the gospel, how unutterable sweet is the knowledge that our Heavenly Father knows us completely.  No talebearer can inform on us, no enemy can make an accusation stick; no forgotten skeleton can come tumbling out of some hidden closet to absash us and expose our past; no unsuspected weakness in our characters can come to light to turn God away from us, since He knew us utterly before we knew Him and called us to Himself in the full knowledge of everything that was against us" ~ A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

God Cares Like No One Else

"His knowledge of our afflictions and adversities is more than theoretic; it is personal, warm, and compassionate.  Whatever may befall us, God knows and cares as no one else can." ~ A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gospel Growth

"It's not as if we come to know Christ through the gospel word but then use a fundamentally different message to encourage each other as Christians.  The 'word of God', the message that he has revealed in and through Christ by his Spirit - this is what converts us, and it is also what causes us to grow, bearing the fruit of godliness." ~ Colin Marshall & Tony Payne, The Trellis and the Vine

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Most Important Growth

"Whatever other signs of life and growth we might look for in our congregations - involvement, activities, newcomers, finances, number of staff, buildings, and so on - the only growth that has any significance in God's plans is the growth of believers."  ~ Colin Marshall & Tony Payne, The Trellis and the Vine

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

On Growth

"When the gospel is preached, and the Spirit is at work, then growth is what happens."  ~ Colin Marshall & Tony Payne, The Trellis and the Vine

We always thank god, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God's people - the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you.  In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world - just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God's grace. Colossians 1:3-6


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ultimate Purpose

"Secular work is valuable and good, and must not be despised or downgraded.  But it is not the centre or purpose of our lives, nor the means by which God will save the world.  My primary identity as  Christian is not that I am an accountant or a carpenter, but that I am a disciple-making disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ."  ~ Colin Marshall & Tony Payne, The Trellis and the Vine

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Substitute

One of the most important doctrines of Scripture is something we call "substitutionary atonement."  In simple terms, in means that one's sins can be paid for by the death of another.  That is what Christ accomplishes, and to toss out or ignore or downplay substitutionary atonement (a.k.a. penal substitution) is to cut the heart out of the gospel.