What I Read Online – 11/02/2012 (a.m.)

    • CCEF is enthusiastic about careful observations, no matter who makes them. Our distinctive is that we want to bring Scripture’s interpretive lenses to everything in such a way that everything changes from black-and-white to Technicolor.
    • If my life at this point in time looks less dramatic—if I have not yet resisted to the point of shedding my blood (Heb 12:4)—it’s not because God asks any less of me. I, too, am to be utterly spent in his service. That
    • Confessions contain great theological significance, but entailed in them can be both advantages and possible dangers
    • • Confessions serve as important articulations of the way some people or bodies understand the teaching of Scripture. As such they identify the confessors.

       

      • Confessions serve to bring together people of diverse origins by providing a basis on which all can agree. As such they unify the confessors.

       

      • Such statements of faith set apart people and views at variance with sound doctrine as held within the ranks. They discriminate the nonconfessors.

       

      • And confessions serve as the basis for instruction of the young or those unacquainted with the tenets of the church. This is the main purpose for catechisms—they instruct those who would be confessors.

    • • They can become substitutes for the Scriptures, instead of guides for biblical understanding. It should always be confessed that confessions are subordinate to the Bible, the supreme norm of the faith. In the minds of the confessors, then, confessions should always be subject to correction based on a proper appeal to Scripture.

       

      • Creeds can focus too much attention on the doctrinal contents of the Christian faith to the neglect of other important aspects—ethics, spirituality, Christian action, and the like.

       

      • Confessions can constitute barriers preventing collaboration or even union of churches by an undue emphasis on matters that should not precipitate division.

    • In real life it requires the earnest labours of the unknown evangelists to press home the need of salvation in dependence on the Spirit to awaken an appetite to come and hear, not first and foremost a man, but a message of life and light and hope for those lost in darkness. Our call ought to be not so much, “Come and hear So-and-so preach Christ,” but rather, “Come and hear Christ preached.”
    • It’s as good a time as any to take a second look at what really divides us from our Roman Catholic friends, family, and neighbors. After all, Pope Benedict seems to have a soft spot for the Apostle Paul and Martin Luther–maybe we’re not so far apart after all?

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About Joe Fleener

Lover of Christ & His Gospel, Husband to Mandy, Father to three wonderful children, Servant to the Local Church, Bible College Lecturer
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