When it comes right down to it the way we speak only goes so far. What stands between our words and the impact that they should have is our way of life. It's easy to say "You're my friend" but if we don't act in keeping with that statement it means very little, if anything at all. You can talk all day about encouragement, grace, mercy, love but if your actions aren't consistent with those words, nobody will hear you. As the saying goes, "I'm sorry I can't hear you, you're actions are too loud."Read More
On Monday I introduced the concept of what I'm calling "gospel momentum." As we contemplate the love of Christ for us, the way he suffered and died in our place for our sins, then we are both controlled and compelled by that love into a state of momentum for the gospel. This gospel momentum leads to gospel advance in our lives, and in the world in which we live. Yesterday, I talked about the first change that gospel momentum brings, namely, how we see other Christians.
This isn't the only change that occurs, however. Gospel momentum gives us a new identity in terms of how we talk to others, particularly those who are not Christians.Read More
Yesterday I challenged us to contemplate and consider the love of Christ for us. I argued that the deeper our degree of contemplation of Christ's love for us the greater a "gospel momentum" would be generated that would result in gospel advance. Paul's argument in 2 Corinthians 5:14 is the foundation for my "equation" for gospel advance.
The mistake would be however, to think that gospel momentum just moves us forward and moves us out without inherently changing anything within us.Read More
I want to see the gospel advance quickly and rapidly. I want to see as many people as possible hear the good news of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. I deeply long to see a movement of the Holy Spirit that brings real awakening for Christ and the new birth of affections that are real, lasting, and impacting in our cities. I want to see the gospel make progress. So how does that happen?Read More