What I Read Online – 11/01/2010 (p.m.)

02 Nov
    • Finney himself said that the great majority of the ‘converts’ from these ‘revivals’ were “a disgrace to religion.” Is this the fruit Paul is describing in Colossians 1:6? The fruit of a superficial interest in Christ that springs up immediately and does not last three months? Is this the sort of ‘fruit’ we want to see here in New Zealand?
    • First, we see here that the ‘fruit’ being spoken of is the fruit of the gospel (v.5, 6).
    • It’s not the college and seminary professors that will change the church. Pastors who faithfully preach and teach the Word to their congregations in the power of the Holy Spirit are the ones who will be the most instrumental in significant change. They are the ones who must keep their fingers on the pulse of the people in the pew and counter the various influences of error today. While professors can fulfill their role in training ministers, no one should live with the illusion that they are more important to the average Christian than they really are.
    • If in our evangelism we are saying it’s not the simple teaching of the life giving word that does the job, there is a danger that is how our converts will go on in the faith. The bible is plain do not put your trust in princes or minor celebrities, have faith in the gospel word to do it’s work.  That is the battle I face as a Christian and a minister do I really believe the word has the power to change my life and peoples lives or do I need something else. It’s the battle in the church and it’s increasingly the battle in evangelism.
      • We don’t grow in faith by looking at ourselves, and wondering how we can “believe more” or “trust more”. We grow in faith by looking to the one we have faith in. We need to see two things that those ancient Israelites didn’t:

        1. God is willing to save us
        2. God is mighty to save us

        When we see that, our faith in him expands. And of course, when we Christians see that the eternal Son of God became a man and lived and died in our place – we do see God is willing to save. And when we remember that he rose up from the dead in victory, and he now reigns at the Father’s side, we also see he is mighty to save.

    • The basic question has to do with the place of singing about God’s judgments. O’Donnell makes the point that many of the songs in the Old Testament rejoice over God’s just judgments (Ex. 15:1-18; 1Sam. 2:10; 2Sam. 22:44-51, etc.) A related theme has to do with God humbling the proud. Both themes are lacking in the song diet of many churches, yet they’re unquestionably present not only in OT songs, but in the New Testament as well (Lk. 1:51-55; Rev. 18:20; 19:1-5).
    • Why did Martin Luther nail his famous 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door on October 31, 1517? He was confronting two religious observances that promoted false saintliness and exploited people’s fear of judgment and purgatory. There’s a curious connection between Halloween and Reformation Day, and it’s more than just proximity on the calendar.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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