Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Good News Roundup

On the Gospel of Justification via JollyBlogger
"Only a fraction of the present body of confessing Christians are solidly appropriating the justifying work of Christ in their lives."

On How Not to Assume the Gospel via BetweenTwoWorlds
“Losing the gospel doesn’t happen all at once, it’s much more like a four generation process too:

The gospel is accepted —> The gospel is assumed —> The gospel is confused —> The gospel is lost.”

On Praying the Gospel via
When all else fails… pray the gospel.

On The Gospel-Driven Life via Ligonier
Harry Reeder's pink '57 Ford didn't look like much from a sixteen-year-old's perspective, but there was power under the hood. Read his words of encouragement and insight from the older generation to the younger.

On Paul Preaching the Gospel of Jesus via Miscelllanies
"God, be merciful to me, a Pharisee" Did Paul preach the gospel of Jesus? That was the question Dr John Piper sought to address last night at T4G in a message that became one of Tony Reinke's personal conference highlights

And I'll finish with a quote from next month's TableTalk (funny how I struggle to find time to keep up with my day to day devotionals most of the time, then bam, I'm like cramming for a whole month's worth this morning. I just couldn't put down May's edition of TableTalk though; it's so good. Here's the quote from Preaching Grace:
"There is also a loss of the spiritual power and dynamism in the Christian life because grace is spoken of without being experienced. The result is that Christians become compelled to service in their own strength, believing, albeit unconsciously, that their continued acceptance before God is based upon their performance in overcoming temptation. This wearies Christians because the performance-based life will always bring strain and fear of failure, as well as guilt when failure becomes real, which is inevitable while we remain in the flesh. Instead of the sight of Christ sacrificing Himself in love to redeem us, we become impelled by a moral demand that serves to make us both hard and tired at the same time. Congregations can then become unwelcoming in their ethos, as there develops a concentration upon behavior."

....But as JollyBlogger wrote in his post:
"Few know enough to start each day with a thoroughgoing stand on Luther's platform; you are accepted, looking outward in faith and claiming the wholly alien righteousness of Christ as the only ground for acceptance, relaxing in the quality of trust which will produce increasing sanctification as faith is active in love and gratitude."


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