“For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?” – 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 The more a culture distances itself from
The desire to contextualize the gospel springs from a desire to make the gospel understandable to all. Done properly, contextualization is the proclamation of the Christian message in a way that people understand it. True contextualization occurs when the message of Jesus is made clearer to a listening audience. Sadly, what often passes for contextualization
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to
Being born-again occurs in an instant. Inwardly, the Holy Spirit turns a heart of stone into a heart of flesh. Outwardly, the convert professes faith in the promise of the Gospel. Faith is a response to the written or spoken word which urges sinners towards God. I really enjoy telling people about Jesus and urging
Is being vague about sin an act of love? Often people avoid condemning sin out of a desire to love. Insinuating sin instead of naming sin; Generalizing instead of being specific; Apologizing for how embarrassing the very mention of sin can be; Fearing that being too specific might turn someone away from Jesus. This all
“None are so able to plead with men as those who have been wrestling with God on their behalf” (Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, p. 43).
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