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Without the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ …

Without the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ God’s law becomes unproductive!

Without the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ God’s law becomes behavior modification!

 

Repenting of our sin and good deeds

I have never found an explanation of repentance and faith as clear as this one.

What must we do, then, to be saved? To find God we must repent of the things we have done wrong, but if that is all you do, you may remain just a [self righteouss] elder brother. To truly become a Christian we must also repent of the reasons we ever did anything right. Pharisees only repent of their sins, but Christians repent for the very roots of their righteousness, too. We must learn how to repent of the sin under all our other sins and under all our righteousness – the sin of seeking to be our own Savior and Lord. We must admit that we’ve put our ultimate hope in both our wrongdoing and right doing we have been seeking to get around God or get control of God in order to get hold of those things.

It is only when you see the desire to be your own Savior and Lord—lying beneath both your sins and your moral goodness—that you are on the verge of becoming a Christian indeed. When you realize that the antidote to being bad is not just being good, you are on the brink. If you follow through, it will change everything—how you relate to God, self, others, the world, your work, you sins, your virtue. It’s called the new birth because its so radical” – Tim Keller, The Prodigal God

We must repent not only of our evil ways, but also our good ways motivated by the wrong reasons.

Sanctification

I like to describe our process of sanctification in the Spirit in terms of the Gospel.   When you do this you starting seeing sin absolutely and completely…. as opposed to relatively and partially.  This depth of seeing our religious sin as well  as our irreligious sin is important to me.


When you begin realize that the antidote to being bad is not just being good, you are on the brink.  If you follow through, it will change everything: how you relate to God, self, others, the world, your work, your sins, your virtue.  [When you we come to Jesus and see the Gospel],  it’s called the new birth because it’s so radical.  — Tim Keller.

Please refer to scripture and the Tim Keller Wiki to learn more about this


Intimacy with Christ Your Spouse, and Others Via the Gospel of Christ

The Gospel is…
We are more sinful and weak than we ever dared to admit and…
We are more loved and accepted than we ever dared to hope.

The idea of being Gospel centric means seeing everything through the eyes of Jesus Christ and the purpose of his sacrifice on the Cross.

With that introduction here is something I wrote a while back that is so near and dear to me that I need to share it again.   The words reflect a lot of years of struggling with my own sin.

In recent years I have been working hard at understanding my core and to not deviate far from it. In essence to try to remain in the sweetspot of Gods word. The sweet spot to me is the Gospel message. Without keeping the Gospel clearly in our sites it becomes possible to eventually use scripture to hurt others as we claim obedience or attempted obedience in some Continue reading

The aroma of the cookies — in Jesus Christ

As I reflect on some of the things I wrote and also reflect on my time on the Pastoral Search Committee I have just realized something. Two different churches, two sets of people, two pastors that believe exactly the same thing can give off completetely different aromas.

As we were on the search committee we actually had a phrase we used that one Pastor could describe how the cookies were made and the other one can describe the aroma of the cookies. We were looking for a Pastor who could do both and was excellent at describing the aroma of the cookies.

Our pastor, now in his position for 3 months has started a Thursday service. Since i was interested in how it was going I stopped in. It was the second Thursday service and it already had 60 adults. Wow! The sermon Continue reading

Its about depth, not distance (more on Intimacy with Jesus)

The Gospel is…
We are more sinful and weak than we ever dared to admit and…
We are more loved and accepted than we ever dared to hope.

The idea of being Gospel centric means seeing everything through the eyes of Jesus Christ and the purpose of his sacrifice on the Cross.

With that introduction here is something I wrote a while back on a different BLOG

In recent years I have been working hard at understanding my core and to not deviate far from it. In essence to try to remain in the sweetspot of Gods word. The sweet spot to me is the Gospel message. Without keeping the Gospel clearly in our sites it becomes possible to eventually use scripture to hurt others as we claim obedience or attempted obedience in some judgemental way.

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