"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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If I Had An Hour with a New Convert

Today I had the great privilege of once again guest hosting on Dr. James White's Dividing Line program. Imagine the scenario. You’ve had an amazing conversation with someone which has led to his conversion to Christ. You have just an hour with him. After that, you may never see him again. What are the most important things you would wish him to know? What follows is my answer to that question. - JS

September 15, 2015  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

The Anatomy of Obedience (4-Part Sermons Series) by Brian Borgman

brian-borgman.jpgThe Texts preached through in this series demonstrate that obedience is necessary for eternal life. But remeber, we are not saved by our obedience, but we are obedient because we are saved. Although we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, but such faith in Christ is not alone, it is a faith which obeys because it earnestly appeals to God for the strength to obey. These texts in question must be twisted, ignored or whited out of our Bibles if we are going to say that obedience is optional for the Christian.

The Anatomy of Obedience Notes - Heb. 5:9 (,pdf)

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December 04, 2013  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Meditating on God's Mercy Toward Us

"If I think I am better than my neighbor, or more moral, and therefore, by extension, somehow more deserving, then I have forgotten that it was mercy alone which saved me and mercy alone which keeps me there. Thus the more grounded we are in the knowledge of God's mercy toward us, the easier it is for us to maintain humility among our neighbors, regardless of how depraved we may be tempted to think they are...."

October 06, 2012  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Reaching the Cities

Tim Keller on WHY we must reach the cities, HOW we should and WHY we can:

What is God’s Global Urban Mission? from Redeemer City to City on Vimeo.

November 15, 2010  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Working For Your Joy

Are you having John Piper withdrawals? Hold on. Help is on the way!

In one of the few speaking engagements Dr. Piper accepted during his 8 month sabbatical, here he is at a very recent conference in London, England, speaking on the subject of "working for your joy."

Working for your Joy from Jubilee Church on Vimeo.

August 09, 2010  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Why don’t Christians care, or care enough, that they are sinning?

In one of the Q&A sessions this week at the Ligonier National Conference, R.C. Sproul asked questions submitted by attendees. On the panel were Michael Horton, Alistair Begg, Albert Mohler and Steven Lawson. An effort was made to capture in brief form the questions and answers but you may wish to track down the audio or video to hear lengthier responses. Here is one such question:

Why don’t Christians care, or care enough, that they are sinning?

Begg: Because we don’t truly understand the nature of the atonement and what has happened in Christ bearing our sins. A low view of the atonement goes in line with an easy-going view of sin in the same way that when people take sin seriously they have a solid and clear grasp of what has happened in Christ dying for us. This was not a moot question for Paul in writing Romans where the same question applied to the people he was writing to. The answer lies in the gospel. We need to preach the gospel to ourselves all day every day and one way we will fail is a fast fall into antinomianism (lawlessness). The ultimate reason is that the believer does not understand what it means to be united to Christ. If we don’t, we’ll have legalism on one hand or lawlessness on the other. People simply don’t know who they are in Christ.

Sproul offered one correction to the question saying that there is no such thing as a true Christian who does not care about his sin. The question should be “why don’t we care to the degree that we ought to care?” And it’s because our hearts are still less than fully sanctified and God has not fully revealed to us the sinfulness of our sin (and thank God for that). If God revealed to me right now the full measure of the continuing sin in my life, it would destroy me. God is gracious and gentle in correcting us gradually.

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June 19, 2010  |  Comments (4)   |  Permalink

Interact | Discipleship Ideas

Friends Out There

There are a lot of "basic Christianity" type of materials out there. I would consider most such materials to be in the categories of "apologetics" or "evangelism," as they seem to be geared toward persuading skeptics of the truths of Christianity. But, let's say someone became a Christian recently, and you (a mature believer) started meeting with him or her regularly to help them grow in faith and obedience. To what do you turn for a structured approach to basic discipleship? What books (or other materials) do you use to help build a new Christian toward maturity? It should be simple enough for someone new to the faith to understand and not feel overwhelmed, and foundational enough to get at the core of the Christian life.

Ready… discuss!

March 06, 2009  |  Comments (28)   |  Permalink