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Getting the Gospel Right

This is the third of three summaries of Galatians.

Paul’s letter to the Galatians reminds us that we must get the gospel right—to understand: 1) not only what God requires for us to have a relationship with Him, but also 2) how to live that relationship out on a daily basis.

We must get the gospel right

The gospel is the good news that in spite of our own pervasive sin

(total depravity: sin nature, acts of sin and failure to love)

and apart from our own effort, goodness, ethnic identity or family of origin

we can be declared righteous, based on the substitutionary death of Christ

(justified—given a right standing before God
redeemed—from bondage to sin and the Law
reconciled with God—from the alienation of enemies to acceptance as friends )

by grace through faith

(adopted into God’s family as full heirs, not second class citizens)

resulting in the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit

(empower us to live in practice what we are in position as saints).

With that true clear and our relationship with God secure…

We are free to love God and serve others.

 

Summaries of Galatians

1. Content overview/review 
Helpful if you are trying to connect the different sections of Galatians to Paul’s overall point.
2. Summary of the argument of the book in light of the problem Paul is addressing
Helpful if you are trying to connect the different sections of Galatians to Paul’s overall point.
3. The role of the gospel in the book of Galatians
Helpful to remind us of the gospel.

Millennials

The Millennials

The MillennialsBook by Thomas S. Rainer and Jess Rainer.

I downloaded this book on Kindle and started reading it recently. It is available as a free download this month from Christian Audio.

If you have read it–or plan on reading it, give me your insights.

Description

At more than 78 million strong, the Millennials–those born between 1980 and 2000–have surpassed the Boomers as the larger and more influential generation in America. Now, as its members begin to reach adulthood, where the traits of a generation really take shape, best-selling research author Thom Rainer (Simple Church) and his son Jess (a Millennial born in 1985) present the first major investigative work on Millennials from a Christian worldview perspective. Sure to interest even the secularists who study this group, The Millennials is based on 1200 interviews with its namesakes that aim to better understand them personally, professionally, and spiritually. Chapters report intriguing how-and-why findings on family matters (they are closer-knit than previous generations), their desire for diversity (consider the wave of mixed race and ethnic adoptions), Millennials and the new workplace, their attitude toward money, the media, the environment, and perhaps most tellingly, religion. The authors close with a thoughtful response to how the church can engage and minister to what is now in fact the largest generation in America’s history.

The Power and Place of the Word of God

The power and place of the Word of God.

John Albert Bengel

Scripture is the foundation of the Church: the Church is the guardian of Scripture. When the Church is in strong health, the light of the Scripture shines bright; when the Church is sick, Scripture is corroded by neglect; and thus it happens, that the outward form of Scripture and that of the Church, usually seem to exhibit simultaneously either health or else sickness; and as a rule the way in which Scripture is being treated is in exact correspondence with the condition of the Church.

 

Family life and Busyness

I have a confession–I like to have things to do.  Well, certain things to do.  The problem is not with doing or wanting to do certain things the problem is being consumed by doing, overcome by busyness or driven by wrong motives or perceived expectations.

We live in a society whose pace continues to increase–more connection, more email, more activity, more running, more events, more responsibility, more to do, more, more , more.

The average family seems consumed by activity, frayed and unable to get off the marry-go-round of a life they chose.

  • How will activity and busyness–impact our children?
  • How will activity–hinder our relationships?
  • How will activity–hinder our relationship with God?
  • How will activity–diminish our influence and impact on those near us?
  • Will activity create a performance oriented Christianity? What will this look like in the next generation?
  • Will activity keep our children from church as they learn from us wrong priorities?

Here is a short evaluation you can do with your family–Learning to use the Family Dashboard.

  • The speedometer–the pace of life
  • The RPMs–the stress of life
  • The gas gauge–the margins in life

Which one(s) do struggle with?

Faces

A friend sent me the link to this song. Not just because it is a catchy tune or because of the words–but he asked an intriguing questions.

Watch the video–“Would all those faces (people) be welcome in our church?”
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4KiGN1j1No

Shadowfeet

Brooke Fraser
from the album Alberine

Walking, stumbling on these shadowfeet
Toward home, a land that I’ve never seen
I am changing, less and less asleep
Made of different stuff than when i began
And I have sensed it all along
Fast approaching is the day

[CHORUS]
When the world has fallen out from under me
I’ll be found in you, still standing
When the sky rolls up and mountains fall on their knees
When time and space are through
I’ll be found in you

There’s distraction buzzing in my head
Saying in the shadows it’s easier to stay
But I’ve heard rumours of true reality
Whispers of a well-lit way

[CHORUS]

You make all things new
You make all things new
You make all things new
You make all things
You make all things

[CHORUS 2]
When the world has fallen out from under me
I’ll be found in you, still standing
Every fear and accusation under my feet
When time and space are through
I’ll be found in you
When time and space are through
I’ll be found in you
When time and space are through
I’ll be found in you