Have you ever wondered how to know if something is from the Holy Spirit or something else? You feel something warm inside at a concert or revival meeting. Your church has a wave of emotions come over the congregation at a service. A person says they have a message from God for you. You feel a tug of the heart to stop and talk to a total stranger at the mall. Chances are, you have wondered about these or similar things before. We ask, “Is this the Holy Spirit? Is it my fragile mind, a guise of Satan, or a … Continue reading The Holy Spirit or a Bad Piece of Beef?
The Revelation of God I believe that God has graciously revealed himself in the created order. Furthermore, since human beings are created in the image of God, God has given them an inner sense of his existence. This general revelation is sufficient for God’s eternal power and divine nature to be known by human beings so that they are without excuse. This revelation is not sufficient, however, to know God’s will for salvation. I believe that God has disclosed himself in human words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, found in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. … Continue reading This I Believe: The Revelation of God
Historically, the Christian church has devoted the month of December to celebrating Advent (from the Latin adventus, which means “coming, arrival”). The first Advent was Jesus’ birth: when God himself took on flesh as a humble baby, born in a dirty stable. For centuries upon centuries, the Old Testament saints had anticipated the Messiah’s arrival. We, too, are saints who anticipate the Messiah’s second arrival. Jesus’ next Advent will come when he returns at the end of the age, not as a poor, humble carpenter, but as a warrior King who rescues his friends and slaughters his foes. As we celebrate Jesus’ first … Continue reading Celebrating Advent
Here are a couple of good posts warning us to beware of using “the gospel” as some sort of catch-all spiritual pill we drop on people without any context or specifics: Thabiti Anyabwile: I’m Tired of Hearing “The Gospel” (Warning: Mild Rant) Kevin DeYoung: The Hole In Our Holiness: A Friendly Rejoinder to Gavin Ortlund The gist of these articles is that when someone has a problem, struggles with a sin, is tempted by sin, or faces a trial, etc. we cannot just say, “Believe the gospel!” or “Remember the gospel!” Thabiti and Kevin both argue (rightly, in my opinion) that we … Continue reading Don’t Be Trite with the Gospel
Many people are taught to believe the Bible is a book of rules with a bunch of stories about many heroes who are used by God because they are good people. That could not be further from the truth. With this new year, as you begin your Bible reading plans and start resolutions, remember the simple, old, gospel truth of Scripture: The Bible is not a book of rules, but rather one rule: love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. The Bible is not a book of stories, but rather one story: God redeeming … Continue reading A New Year to Remember the Old Story
Part 7 in a 10 part series. View series intro and index. In the most recent post in our series (back in September!), we talked about how Jesus is the Word made flesh; that is, he is God’s perfect word communicated to humans. In this post, we will examine how to actually “get to Jesus” during a devotional time when reading the Old Testament. A word of caution: this is a long post and some of it may seem “academic.” Hang in there. The fruit that will come from implementing this into your devotions will be worth it. In Scripture, ultimately Christ is the God-Man who … Continue reading Getting to Christ in the Old Testament