Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Don't Be Confused About Sin

"Another misunderstanding of sin is to say that it's just a matter of negative thinking.  Get rid of your old wineskins!  Think bigger!  God wants to show you is incredible favor, if you'll just get rid of all those negative mind-sets that hold you back!  Now that's a compelling message to self-reliant people who want to believe they can take care of their sin all by themselves.  That's probably why men who proclaim that message have managed to build some of the largest churches in the world."  What Is the Gospel, by Greg Gilbert

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Don't Make Light of Sin, Nor Christ

"Many Christians talk about sin as if it were merely a relational tiff between God and man, and what is needed is for us simply to apologize and accept God's forgiveness.  That image of sin as lovers' quarrel, though, distorts the relationship in which we stand to God.  It communicates that there is no broken law, no violated justice, no righteous wrath, no holy judgment - and therefore, ultimately, no need for a substitute to bear that judgement, either."  What Is the Gospel, by Greg Gilbert

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Whole Truth And Nothing But

"We Christians have done a bang-up job convincing the world that God loves them.  But if we're going to understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that his loving and compassionate God is also holy and righteous, and that he is determined never to overlook, ignore, or tolerate sin."  What Is the Gospel, by Greg Gilbert

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

God As Janitor?

"A common view of God is that he's much like an unscrupulous janitor.  Instead of really dealing with the world's dirt - its sin, evil, and wickedness - he simply sweeps it under the rug, ignores it, and hopes no one will notice.  In fact, many people cannot conceive of a God who would do anything else."

This view of God can't imagine that he would actually punish anyone for sin, but we have to realize that "God's love does not cancel out his justice and righteousness" and that he does not leave the guilty unpunished (Exodus 34:7).  Really, nobody wants a God who won't deal with evil, just as long as it isn't their evil. What we need to realize is that God is truly just, each of us is truly sinful, and God has provided satisfaction for his justice in the death of Christ.

(All quotes from What Is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Meaning and Responsibility

Everyone seems to be looking for meaning in life; not as many look for responsibility.  However, our human origins bring us both!

"We are created!  Every one of us ins the result of an idea, a plan, and an action of God himself. And that brings both meaning and responsibility to human life (Gen. 1:26-28)." ~ What Is the Gospel, by Greg Gilbert

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What Is God Like?

Do you have an accurate conception of God? Or is something like this:
"Thank goodness, all the crankiness you read about sometimes in his old books - you know, having the earth swallow people up, raining fire down on cities, that sort of thing - all that seems to have faded in his old age.  Now he's just  a good-natured, low-maintenance friend who's really easy to talk to - especially since he almost never talks back, and when he does, it's usually to tell me through some slightly weird 'sign' that what I want to do regardless is alright by him.  That really is the best kind of friend, ins't it?"  ~ What Is the Gospel, by Greg Gilbert
We need to be certain that our concept of God comes from Scripture, and not our own imagination.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Four Crucial Questions

Romans 1-4 asks and answers four crucial questions that are basic to the Gospel message:

1.  Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
2.  What is our problem, that is, are we in trouble, and why?
3.  What is God's solution to that problem, that is, how has he acted to save us from it?
4.  How do I come to in included in that salvation, that is, what makes this good news for me?

What are your answers to these questions?  Chapters 1-4 of Romans have the answers.