I was listening to Bill Bohline preach on Acts a few weeks back. He discussed 4 general steps that the bible discusses.
- We were created in Gods Image
- The fall: We sinned
- Christ Came: He loves us and came to save and rescue us
- Restoration: Living in the restoration and the victory of the Cross.
Point 1 is generally assumed. Bill said quite often Churches are stuck in points 2 or point 3. The legallist will stay stuck in point 2 wanting to remind people of their sin. Usually, understanding well the new covenant of grace but living functionally in the old covenant of the law. The antinomian will stay stuck on point 3 only wanting to talk about unconditional love and Gods Grace and the new covenant … always forgetting about sin. As I have discussed in previous posts…. the 2 errors of the Gospel are those 2 extremes. Staying stuck on point 2 or 3 both miss opportunities for change and growth in the Gospel message of grace toward sinners.
As is the case for many Martin Luther purists …. we pride ourselves in having the proper biblical distinction between law and gospel and keeping the “bullseye” in front of us!
Bill then made a very good point. He said churches don’t always tell the rest of the story. They don’t often show the rest of the story where Jesus has restored and his people are living in freedom and the victory of the cross …. and to be bold people who share their stories while helping others overcoming their brokenness. We just don’t live in the victory of the cross! In our religiosity we continue to live in bondage! The victory of the Gospel is where we should live! The victory of the cross slowly rewrites our story into Gods story!
Why did this come to mind…. well, I had an interesting thing happen to me a month back and came to some enlightening observations about myself …. but mostly I had some God moments where I saw God writing a different story of me than what I was trying to write for myself.
I have mentioned on previous posts about some friends that have a long line of broken relationships. He was/is a good friend of mine for the last 35 years. I was the only person from his side of friends that was invited to their wedding. I am fairly certain they no longer have a relationship with his brothers. Also, as I said they have other broken relationships of his friends before marriage. I am sure there are others I am not aware of as well. These conflicts normally started from a tension with her religious legalism and then later on him coming to rescue and protect her in the conflict.
Well, a few years back, in a time after my sin and transgressions… it came to light that he was struggling with some pretty deep issues. However, in her fear based world she no Continue reading