January 25, 2011 Leave a comment
This was too good not to share. Enjoy
The daily process of becoming more like Christ.
January 19, 2011 3 Comments
Have you ever considered on what basis Christians can evangelize the lost? Now think about it a moment before you blurt out something like “because God tells us to”. That is a true, God does indeed command us to evangelize but that does not address the basis for the evangelism. So, what is the basis?
God’s sovereign election is the only basis by which any believer has confidence to evangelize the lost. We do not know who the elect are in this lifetime, but what we do know with certainty is that there are elect out there.
All Christians, if they believe the Bible, must agree with this. Read the rest of Alan’s post to see how he further explains this. Let me know what you think.
January 9, 2011 2 Comments
If you are content with the state of Christianity in the United States today then this book (Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream) is not for you. David Platt examines the implementation of the American Dream into our churches that has occurred over the last couple decades and compares it to biblical Christianity.
Platt begins by giving a biblical picture of who Jesus is. He follows this up with a biblical explanation of what the true Gospel is. This is as it should be because this is the foundation of all that we are and do as Christians. He then identifies and challenges many of the aspects that have come to define what a successful church and Christian are in our current society. Movements such as the prosperity gospel and the seeker-sensitive church model are not mentioned by name but are taken to task and their reliance in their own abilities is proven to be non-biblical. Waste and opulence in the church and the individual Christian’s life is contrasted with the want of the poor around the world. Christians are challenged to change the way they think and they way they live out their faith. Platt shows the biblical model of evangelism and discipleship. God’s word is spread God’s people meeting the needs of those around then and teaching them all that they have been taught. It involves God’s people going into the places where the poor are. Our modern methods often involve trying to get the poor to come to us. Platt finishes the book by challenging the readers to take up his radical challenge for one year. He promises that if the challenge is accepted and completed it will change the life of the person taking it. The challenge consists of five parts: pray for the whole world for one year, read the Bible completely in one year, sacrifice your money for a specific purpose, spend time in another context, and commit to multiplying the community of believers.
This book was definitely a convicting read. It should make every Christian examine how he currently lives out his faith and when not in agreement with the Bible to make appropriate changes. This process should also drive people back to God and a dependence on Him for all that He has given us to do.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Multomah Publishers as part of their Blogging for Books review program. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”