Here we go again?

15 Dec

It seems to me that unless you: (1) have some sort of business that you’re trying to promote through your blog or (2) are a legitimate writer writing about stuff that really matters, or (3) have a hobby that you want to show off to the world, then anything else you try to post on these things is simply a glorified version of Xanga (you know what I mean).

And yet, here I am.

Wish I Could Say This Was a Joke

21 Dec

[HT: Justin Buzzard]

Don’t Forget the Other Half of the Gospel

20 Dec

Here’s an excerpt that Ligonier posted on their blog on why it’s not enough simply to say that the Gospel is that Jesus died for our sins:

For Jesus to qualify as our Redeemer, it was not enough for Him simply to go to the cross and be crucified. If you ask a six-year-old child, “What did Jesus do for you?” that child, if he or she has been to Sunday school, will answer, “Jesus died on the cross for my sins.” That’s true, but that is only half of the matter. If all that was necessary to redeem us was for a substitute to bear the punishment that we deserve, Jesus did not have to be born to Mary. He could have descended from heaven as a man, gone straight to Golgotha, died on the cross, risen, and left again, and our sin problem would be fixed.

But if Jesus had only paid for our sins, He would have succeeded only in taking us back to square one. We would no longer be guilty, but we still would have absolutely no positive righteousness to bring before God. So, our Redeemer not only needed to die, He had to live a life of perfect obedience. The righteousness that He manifested could then be transferred to all who put their trust in Him. Just as my sin is transferred to Him on the cross when I put my trust in Him, His righteousness is transferred to my account in the sight of God. So, when I stand before God on the judgment day, God is going to see Jesus and His righteousness, which will be my cover.

That is the gospel.

[HT: Ligonier]

6 Pieces of Advice for Small Group Leaders

20 Dec

Marc Cortez recently wrote this post on Credomag in which he writes about “6 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Leading Small Groups.” He includes in this list the following pieces of wisdom:

  1. Ground it in the Gospel.
  2. Have a clear mission.
  3. Be a pastor.
  4. Learn some theology.
  5. Plan to multiply.
  6. Force authenticity.

Click here to read the brief descriptions he gives for each of these points.

This Week’s Credomag Giveaway (Week of 12/19/11)

19 Dec

Click here to see details for this week’s Credomag giveaway! Here are the books being given away this week:

Again, here are the details:

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Good luck!

How to “Get” Repentance

17 Dec

Michael McKinley:

Charles Spurgeon, Repentance Unto Life:

I have never known a man who has thought upon, and taken a view of the cross, who has not found that it begat “repentance,” and begat faith. We look at Jesus Christ if we would be saved, and we then say. “Amazing sacrifice! that Jesus thus died to save sinners.”

If you want faith, remember he gives it, if you want repentance, he gives it! if you want everlasting life, he gives it liberally. He can force you to feel your great sin, and cause you to repent by the sight of Calvary’s cross, and the sound of the greatest, deepest death shriek, “Eloi! Eloi! lama sabachthani?” “My God! my God! why hast thou forsaken me?”

That will beget “repentance;” it will make you weep and say, “Alas! and did my Saviour bleed; and did my Sovereign die for me?” Then beloved, if you would have “repentance,” this is my best advice to you—look to Jesus.

On the Relationship Between Assurance and Perseverance

16 Dec

Here’s a helpful, encouraging, and challenging talk on the relationship between assurance of salvation and the necessity of perseverance by Tom Schreiner of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Part 1

Part 2

[HT: Resurgence]