The Importance of Conversion in the Church

Scripture is clear in teaching that we are not all journeying toward God–some having found Him, others still seeking. Instead, Scripture presents us as needing to have our hearts replaced, our minds transformed, our spirits given life. We can do none of this for ourselves. The change each human needs, regardless of how we may…

The Flesh Cannot Please God

In Romans 8:8, Paul writes, “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”  What he means is that whoever does not have the Holy Spirit living in their human spirit cannot do what God wants, demands, or requires. This verse is enough for me to believe that the new birth happens only by God’s…

Teaching the Bible at Beam

One of the great (new) joys I have here in South Africa is to teach the Bible along with my friend Rylan Reed to four guys who work at Beam Africa, a local development center for township children, here in Pretoria.  Last week we talked about new birth and what God has done to make…

We Pray Because Only God Can Do It

If a Christian really believed that his friend had some ability, power, or goodness within himself to choose Jesus as Lord and Savior apart from the free, sovereign, electing grace of God, he wouldn’t pray that his friend get saved.  He would simply figure out more relevant or strategic ways to draw out what is…

Seeing Your Sorry State Before You Get Saved

Before someone can come to Christ, they must understand that they need Christ.  Jesus saves people from sin, and if someone does not understand the gravity of their sin, they will not go to him.  They will not understand the call of Jesus when he says, “Come to me all who labor and are heavy…