Spurgeon on Praying in the Spirit

The seed of acceptable devotion must come from heaven’s storehouse.  Only the prayer which comes from God can go to God. Spurgeon’s five aspects of praying in the Spirit: Fervency: “Those who do not plead with fervency, plead not at all.” Perseveringly: “The longer the gate is closed, the more vehemently does he uses the knocker.” Humbly: “Out of hte depths must we cry, or we shall never behold glory in the highest.” Loving: “Prayer should be perfumed with love, saturated with love — love to saints, and love to Christ.” Faith: “A man prevails only as he believes.” Most … Continue reading Spurgeon on Praying in the Spirit

Conversation Between a Calvinist and an Arminian

This is from John Piper’s post earlier this week about how Charles Simeon, a Calvinist, tried to reason with John Wesley, an Arminian, about the supremacy of God in the salvation and perseverance of Christians.  I have adapted it to contemporary language. So you call yourself an Arminian. People call me a Calvinist; and therefore we are supposed to argue about finer points of theology. But before we start fighting, may I ask you a few questions? Do you think that you are a depraved person, so depraved, in fact, that you would have never turned to God if God … Continue reading Conversation Between a Calvinist and an Arminian

‘Nuisance’ Suffering Still Builds Endurance

One of the main lessons I’ve been learning while in South Africa is that suffering that seems to be a nuisance is still building endurance in my heart.  Most of the time, when I have to wait in line for a very long time, when my car breaks down, when communication is slow and sporadic, or when working with other ministries seems to handcuff me, I’d rather experience “true” Christian suffering than these annoyances.  To me, that would seem “more spiritual” or able to build me up more in Christ. But the Lord has been reminding me that any kind … Continue reading ‘Nuisance’ Suffering Still Builds Endurance

Perseverance of the Saints

There’s a lot of different perspectives in Christianity about the level of assurance a believer can have.  D.A. Carson, of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, offers some great insight: For non-reformed theologies…”at the end of the day, the security of the believer finally rests with the believer.  For those in the opposite camp [Reformed], the security of the believer finally rests with God–and that, I suggest, rightly taught, draws the believer back to God himself, to trust in God, to a renewed faith that is of a piece with trusting him in the first place.” When people believe that their free-choice brought … Continue reading Perseverance of the Saints