Because of Christ's work on your behalf, God does not dwell on your sin the way you do. So, relax and rejoice…and you'll actually start to get better. The irony, of course, is that it's only when we stop obsessing over our own need to be holy and focus instead on the beauty of Christ's holiness, that we actually become more holy!
In a blog post entitled "Reminders Are More Effective Than Rebukes" (compare w/ 2 Tim. 4:2), Presbyterian pastor Tullian Tchividjian tells Christians,
The irony, of course, is that the Bible never…
I just came across this quote in R. C. Sproul's introduction in his book Knowing Scripture:
When R. C. Sproul wrote that in 1977, I'm sure newspapers were among the most obvious media which distract from the study of God's Word. Today, it would probably be much more appropriate to fill in any of the following:
Blogs are easier to read than the Bible is to study.
Sports updates are easier to read than the Bible is to study.
An episode of my favorite TV show is easier to watch than the Bible is to study.
Funny cat videos are easier to watch than the Bible is to study.
We often get frustrated in our study of the Bible simply because we think it should be mindless and easy—you know, like everything else we read or watch. So what's the real problem? Does it have something to do with the Bible itself? No; I think Sproul hits the nail on the head: we're just plain lazy.
NOTE: This sermon manuscript (edited and polished) is part 6 in this semester's Killing Sin preaching series. Listen to the sermon here. Check out part 1 [read|listen], part 2 [read|listen], part 3 [read|listen], part 4 [read|listen], part 5 [read|listen], part 7 [read|listen], part 8 [read|listen], and part 9 [read|listen].
In 1942, three years into World War II, an experimental airborne regiment was formed. It would be one of the first times any military would deploy soldiers out of planes in enemy territory so they could descend into battle with the aid of a parachute.
The soldiers in this regiment—all volunteers—went through rigorous battle drills and ruthless physical training. They suffered under the command of an officer who was extremely strict and unrelenting in pushing their bodies and minds…
This summer, starting Tuesday, May 26 at 7 PM, we're embarking on a study of how to study Scripture. But we want to know: Where are you weak? When you come to study the Bible, what hangups do you have? What do you need help with? What would you like to know more about when it comes to studying the Bible?
Comment below to let us know!
I've never really been into webcomics—or comics for that matter. However, a number of times I've stumbled upon Adam4d, "A curiously Christian webcomic." Adam Ford uses crude, 2-dimensional cartoon characters to effectively and wittily expose our hypocrisy, cowardice, faithlessness, and godlessness. He's got his sites set on superficial American "evangelicalism." It's routinely delightful, convicting, and helpful. As a taste, here's one of my favorites (which just had me chuckling aloud in Starbucks):
NOTE: This sermon manuscript (edited and polished) is part 5 in this semester's Killing Sin preaching series. Listen to the sermon here. Check out part 1 [read|listen], part 2 [read|listen], part 3 [read|listen], part 4 [read|listen], part 6 [read|listen], part 7 [read|listen], part 8 [read|listen], and part 9 [read|listen].
We've talked about death, which is God's curse on disobedience. And we've talked about the cure for death, which is faith in Jesus Christ. Furthermore, we've addressed the necessity of believers putting sin to death and our need of the Holy Spirit to do it. Now we're finally getting to what it actually means to put to death the deeds of the body, to mortify the flesh—to kill sin.
And to get a grasp of what it means to kill sin, let's talk about—you guessed it—what killing sin doesn't mean…
This summer we're embarking on a study of how to study Scripture. Why is it often so difficult to understand, believe, and apply God's Word? Here's one reason in the words of one of our American fathers in the faith, Jonathan Edwards:
The devil never would attempt to beget in persons a regard to that divine word which God has given to be the great and standing rule.…Would the spirit of error, in order to deceive men, beget in them a high opinion of the infallible rule, and incline them to think much of it, and be very conversant with it?…The devil has ever shown a mortal spite and hatred towards that holy book the Bible: he has done all in his power to extinguish that light.…He is engaged against the Bible, and hated every word in it.