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Three Crucial Questions For Ministers

With society and culture racing toward full secularization, Trevin Wax asks some penetrating questions while  giving well thought out  answers intended to assist with keeping Jesus Christ front  and center and the gospel clearly communicated each time the word is ministered.

Trevin recommends that when handling a biblical passage, we ought to ask these questions during preparation. The questions are the means for  keeping Christ and the gospel at the fore front with laser like focus.

Here are his questions, read the article for his  wise answers.

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1. How does this topic/passage fit into the big story of Scripture?

2. What is distinctively Christian about the way I am addressing the topic/passage?

3. How does this truth equip God’s church to live on mission?

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2012/11/13/3-questions-to-ask-of-your-sermon/

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2012 in communication, gospel, meta-narrative, Uncategorized

 

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Jews And The Promised Land Of Israel

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English: Flag of Israel with the Mediterranean sea in the background, in Rishon LeZion. עברית: דגל ישראל בראשון לציון (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was raised in a home by God-fearing parents. Even before  their conversion later in life, they imparted a deep love for the Jews and the land of Israel.

My love for Israel flowed deeper after Christ conquered my life through the gospels regenerating power. He has allowed me the joy of traversing the land of Israel on two separate occasions and even now I anticipate a third trip for ministry in the near future.

With that  background, you can see why I sincerely appreciate John Pipers  relational communication to David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, concerning  Israel’s future and the promised land.

This is a good read!

Dear David,

Thank you for taking this happy initiative. I am eager to discuss Israel and the Promised Land with you. I love Jews for Jesus. Your leadership, and Moishe Rosen’s before you, have been for me a cause for continual thanksgiving. “To the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16) has never ceased to carry weight with me. I pray we will never lose Paul’s passion in Romans 10:1: “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.”

We both agree that the way God chose to bring all the nations under the sway of King Jesus is astonishing. After sketching it, Paul praised God, “How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Rom. 11:33).

  • First, God chose Israel. “The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth” (Deut. 7:6).
  • Then, for 2,000 years, he focused his saving work mainly on Israel, “allowing all the nations to walk in their own ways” (Acts 14:16).
  • Then he sent Jesus, the Messiah, to Israel, knowing they would crucify him, so that the Gentiles might “receive mercy because of their [Israel’s] disobedience” (Rom. 11:30).
  • And then, lest we Gentiles think we are the end of the story, Paul told us that Israel “has now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you [Gentiles] they [Israel] also may now receive mercy” (Rom. 11:31).
  • And the point of it all? To show that “from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36).

What was Paul’s response to this flabbergasting way of saving the world? Unsearchable! Inscrutable! “Who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” (Rom. 11:34).

So, you are right. I believe God has a future for ethnic Israel. And we agree this is not because there are two tracks to glory or two different covenants of grace. Rather, corporate Israel will be saved in the end because she will be grafted back into the same covenant tree with all of us wild olive branches (Rom. 11:16–24). Both Jews and Gentiles become heirs of the promise of Abraham in the same way: “If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Gal. 3:29).

So I am persuaded with J. C. Ryle that Israel, as a people, will someday be converted to the Messiah and saved:

They are kept separate that they may finally be saved, converted and restored to their own land. They are reserved and preserved, in order that God may show in them as on a platform, to angels and men, how greatly he hates sin, and yet how greatly he can forgive, and how greatly he can convert. Never will that be realized as it will in that day when “all Israel shall be saved.” (Are You Ready for the End of Time? pp. 137–138)

Moreover, I also believe the promise of the Land to this redeemed ethnic Israel is both conditional and irrevocable. Irrevocable means they will finally have it as a special dwelling place when the Deliverer comes from Zion and banishes ungodliness from Jacob (Rom. 11:26).

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/juneweb-only/john-piper-responds-to-david-brickner-israel.html

 
 

If Genesis Is False?

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The unrelenting assault on the meta-narrative of scriptural teaching concerning  literal creation with a historical Adam and Eve is becoming more pronounced.

This is not a gray area  and shouldn’t be viewed as a second or third tier  issue. The integrity of the Gospel is at stake.

It seems Evangelicals are prepared to discard God’s self-revelation in the  book of Genesis  for a man centered view of beginnings rooted in a theory of evolution.  

 “John Schneider, former teacher of  theology at Calvin College in Michigan until recently,said  it’s time to face facts: There was no Adam and Eve, no serpent, no apple, no fall that toppled man from a state of innocence.”

Hear is an excerpt to entice everyone to read more of Dr. Mohler‘s recent post explaining what is at stake. 

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 ” Each generation of Christians faces its own set of theological challenges. For this generation of Evangelicals, the question of beginnings is taking on a new urgency. In fact, this question is now a matter of Gospel urgency. How are we to understand the Bible’s story, if we can have no confidence that we know how it even begins?

In terms of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the most urgent question related to beginnings has to do with the questions related to the existence of Adam and Eve as them first parents to all humanity and to the reality of the Fall as the explanation for human sinfulness and all that comes with sin.”

http://www.albertmohler.com/2011/08/22/false-start-the-controversy-over-adam-and-eve-heats-up

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in counterfeit, doctrine, gospel, hermeneutics, meta-narrative

 

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Grace and Mercy In Divine Disquise?

Heard this song for the first time this evening. Could it be that it has taken all these years of Kingdom  journey for me to finally glimpse the mystery of grace and mercy in divine disguise?  

I am afraid that as it is so often with angels, the answers to my supplication  have come to me as strangers and I entertained them unaware.

Oh Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!

What a savior!

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Is This Your View Of Scripture?

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in gospel, meta-narrative, Video

 

Questioning The Historicity Of Adam And Genesis

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 With some today, hell is neither literal nor eternal. Others tell us that homosexuality really is not a sin, so it should  be viewed as acceptable behavior for professing christians.

Then, we  have those who say scripture is simply unreliable because the authors were merely interpreting what they saw and heard from a flawed human perspective. 

Still others tell us to disregard  biblical imperatives regarding gender roles and distinctions on the basis that these texts are culturally conditioned and thus restricted to first century era.

 And now we have a whole new invention on the evangelical  table. Carl Truman says the new “hot topic”  involves the historicity of Adam. Huh?

Was Adam a real living human figure? 

Did the fall actually happen or is it simply symbolic narrative intended to teach theological principle concerning all human experience?

Should Genesis 1-11 be viewed as historical narrative or  approached simply as either myth,metaphor or allegory.

If non literal, does that mean Adam, Noah, the flood,and the judgment at  Babel which determined all the  diverse languages should be read as myth or fable?

>Who are the  well-known scholars and authors advocating such views? 
>How should we posture ourselves toward those who teach these fallacies?             
>What effect does all this have upon biblical integrity and reliability?                                                                                        

 Tim Challies interviews David Murray on whats really at stake. Murray has done extensive work in this area and I sincerely recommend listening to their discussion. It will alow you to become aware of the degree to which this issue has permeated the church today and enable the opportunity to give heed to the serious warning presented.

Click to hear the interview http://www.challies.com/writings/podcast/ck210-was-adam-a-real-man?

 

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This Song Will Make You Shout!

 The entire GOSPEL narrative creatively fused into a single song.                                              

 Powerful! Authentic! Robust! Unashamed! Convictional! Penetrating! Refreshing!

 Shout!                   

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in doctrine, gospel, meta-narrative

 

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