Christians ought to have the most positive outlook on life. Not because we are blissfully unaware of the pains of life, but because we have a hope grounded in the promises of God. It is by the promises of God, that Christians alone have the sure-rooted optimism that enables them to face the deepest disappointment and the most profound pain with genuine joy.
Blog Category: Christian Living
My aim is to challenge you to make the finished work of Jesus on the cross your only boast. I have a three-part-plan, taken from Galatians 6:14, to ensure that Christ will be the only thing you brag about.
We must wield discernment like a surgeon’s scalpel. As we contend for right doctrine, we must take care to adorn it with right attitudes and behavior. We must discern with precision, humility, and sorrow. Not to temper the truth, but rather that we might bolster the truth with love.
There is always more we can learn from the living Word—even from passages we have studied for years. And we should certainly approach familiar passages with a heart eager to learn more. But there is another posture we should also cultivate as we approach well-known texts: a readiness to be reminded.
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He dealt with many people who believed they were part of the kingdom. In response, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount and showed those who are in the kingdom of heaven recognize their sin, see God’s perfection, have a pure heart, and conduct themselves with a proper fear of God.
The model and power of Christian unity is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The principal we must follow is to not consider our advantages, position, or gifts as something for our glory but as assets to serve others.
The reason we are inattentive listeners is that while many preachers spend years honing the craft of sermon preparation, even attending years of post-graduate schooling, the average congregant has never been taught how to listen to an expository sermon.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he […]
He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” — John 21:16 Scripture calls everyone to lead in one way or another. Mankind was created to have dominion over, subdue, […]
…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God – 1 Corinthians 10:31 This is the succinct, simple and direct mandate of Scripture. All of God’s creation is to be absorbed with putting God’s glory on display. When the angels announced the Savior’s birth, they were joined by the heavenly host, glorifying God (Luke […]