Let’s face it; we are in unexpected times. 2020 has been a roller coaster with a pandemic, a lockdown, economic fallout, racism, and riots. Many American citizens feel helpless in these unknown waters and fearful of what catastrophic event will come next.
But for the Christ-follower, we do not fear.
Why is baptism so important? That was my question as a new believer in Christ. Like many who were raised in a religious home, I didn’t find a need or desire in my life for baptism. I would often rely on my religious actions before salvation to claim that there was no real need for … Read more
“Some Christians are stalled out in their sanctification for simple lack of effort. They need to know about the Spirit’s power. They need to be rooted in gospel grace. They need to believe in the promises of God. And they need to fight, strive, and make every effort to work out all that God is working in them. Let us say with Paul, ‘I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me’ (1 Corinthians 15:10). Without this biblical emphasis, we’ll be confused, wondering why sanctification isn’t automatically flowing from a heartfelt commitment to gospel-drenched justification. We’ll be waiting around for enough faith to really ‘get the gospel’ when God wants us to get up and get to work (Philippians 2:12–13). Because when it comes to growth in godliness, trusting does not put an end to trying.” (90–91)
From Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his Nachfolge (ET, The Cost of Discipleship) When we are called to follow Christ, we are summoned to an exclusive attachment to his person… Discipleship means adherence to Christ, and, because Christ is the object of that adherence, it must take the form of discipleship… Discipleship without Jesus Christ is a way … Read more