Showing posts from December, 2008

Jesus as a Model of Discipleship

Everyone wants to speak of Jesus as the model of community. He lived and breathed and ate with the disciples. How community must be present in order for true discipleship. Very true. Very convicting. However, if you keep reading in the gospels, you see that at the end of the 2-3 years, most of the disciples are not what you might be proud of. One denied him three times, to the point of swearing. Another one didn’t believe he rose from the grave, even though he had repeatedly prophesied that he would. Not to mention the one who betrayed him for a few dollars. But after Jesus left, and the Holy Spirit came, these same men exploded. Why is that? What is the lesson here? 1.Keep Teaching Even when it seems like they don’t get it, even when you know they don’t get it. Keep teaching. “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted." (Matthew 28:16-17, ESV) They

Life In Christ Lloyd-Jones

"The church has been doing that for many years, she has turned to what has been called the 'social gospel', and we have constantly heard about the social application of the gospel. General statements are made about life, addresses are delivered by archbishops and they are always recorded in the press, but still the situation continues. And according to the Bible, it must continue. What right have we to expect christian behavior from a world that does not believe in Christ. Why should the world apply Christian principles? Does it believe in Christ, does it acknowledge Him to be who He is? Does it accept Him as Savior? Indeed, I do not hesitate to say that according to the New Testament it is rank heresy to recommend Christian behavior to people who are not Christian. They are incapable of it! Before people can live the Christian life, they must be made a new creation; if they cannot keep the moral law and the Ten Commandments, the ancient law given to the children o