No Church Without Mission

The church is a dynamic body in action. It is through the church that God’s kingdom comes to all the ends of the earth. The church is not the church unless it is in action; in other words, unless it is in mission. – John Frame, Salvation Belongs to the Lord (Phillipsburg, P&R Publishing, 2006),

World, You Owe Me Nothing

“A Christian is no man’s creditor, and every man’s debtor.  A Christian, when he is in his right mind, says, ‘Look who I am in Christ!  I have come to fullness of life in him.  I will rule and reign with Christ forever.  I am accepted in the Beloved.  God will meet all my needs

Conscious of Sin, Focused on Grace

If our sinful depravity is not within our sights, our joy from the gospel will be relatively inconsequential.  If the gospel of grace is not within our sights, our sinful depravity will crush us.  To see both is critical for healthy Christianity, but these two realities are not coordinate or on the same plain.  While

Beloved: Our Basis for Obedience

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. – Ephesians 5:1 In his very helpful booklet The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness (only $.99 on kindle, can’t beat that for the deal of the day), Tim Keller says Christianity is the religion where the verdict comes before the performance.  The impulse of the sinful human heart is

A Humble Prayer to Empower Evangelism

The Heart of a Servant Leader is a collection of letters Jack Miller sent to various church planters and missionaries that were sent from his church.  In the quote below we are allowed to listen in as he pleads for grace to love the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  May we be granted such

Personal Ministry is Hard

Col 1:28-29 – Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. 1. Ministering to people is hard work. It was a toil and struggle for the apostle Paul. 2. Our energy is

Cosmic Gospel

“Behold, I am making all things new.” – Rev. 21:5 “…the good news is that the peace that was broken at the fall will be restored in everything, from God’s reconciliation with sinners to his establishing of the new heavens and the new earth.  A cosmic gospel means the restoration of all things.” – Jared Wilson, Gospel

Two Great Quotes on the Significance of Work

“He gives the wool, but not without our labor.  If it is on the sheep it makes no garment.” – Martin Luther “Care for one’s office is, in it’s very frame of reference on earth, participation in God’s own care for human beings.” – Gustaf Wingren