Dr. Rosenbladt takes a sympathetic view toward those who have become estranged or even angry with the evangelical church. He focuses his primary attention on the absolute necessity and centrality of the Gospel for reaching the disaffected and disenfranchised in our secular circles. He also warns against the evangelical tendency toward preaching a Law-Gospel-Law message, stating that whenever the law does its work, even in a believer's life, it has to be followed up immediately with the Gospel, otherwise the believer will be left damned. And he reminds us that even we who soundly declare Sola Fide in our doctrine, are prone to approach the broken in a spirit of law, rather than grace (If you were a real believer, you would be attending church. Or if you were a real Christian, you would not be forsaking God's means of grace, the sacraments, etc.) But if We really affirm SolaFide, we would not make that our primary point of contact with those who are out of fellowship. It's a really thought-provoking teaching, that I enjoyed very much.
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Along the same line of thought, I came across a quote by John Piper on the nature and focus of worship that is helpful:
"The true diagnosis of weak worship is not that our people are coming to get and not to give. Not a few pastors scold their people that the worship services would be lively if people came to give instead of to get. There is a better diagnosis.-- John Piper, The Dangerous Duty of Delight
People ought to come to corporate worship services to get. They ought to come starved for God. They ought to come saying, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God" (Psalm 42:1). God is profoundly honored when people know that they will die of hunger and thirst unless they have God. And it is my job as a preacher to spread a banquet for them. I must show them from Scripture what they are really starving for -- God -- and then feed them well until they say, 'Ahhh.' That is worship."
And finally, I was fortunate to make the cut-off for ordering a DVD teaching series from Ligonier called: "Kingdom Feast" for only $5 (list price $35). This is part of the new Ligonier $5 Fridays that are offered each Friday for 24 hours.
The tracks include:
The Significance of Passover
The Institution of the Lord’s Supper
The Consummation of the Kingdom
Real Body & Blood?
The Natures of Christ
The Presence of Christ
Blessing & Judgment