What I Read Online – 05/01/2013 (p.m.)

02 May
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    • Last of all, and most importantly: What are you trusting? What is the basis of your assurance? Do you trust the subjective experience of speaking in tongues, or whatever other powerful manifestation of the Holy Spirit that you’ve experienced? Or do you trust the sufficient, complete, perfect, once-for-all death of the Lord Jesus Christ in your place? Is your confidence in the blood of Jesus shed for you, or in your personal experience? When sharing your faith, where will you point others: to your experience, or to the cross of Christ and the forgiveness of sins that God offers for all who turn to Jesus?
    • Illustrate more often for impact than for understanding
    • One specific story is better than a thousand generalities.
    • Believers are then assigned the task of telling others about the salvation that Christ has brought, and this requires the use of words. We tell the story of Jesus by deploying words, and we cannot tell the story without them. Our testimony, our teaching, and our theology all require word. Words are essential to our worship, our preaching, our singing, and our spiritual conversation. In other words, words are essential to the Christian faith and central in the lives of believers.
    • Theological education is a deadly serious business. The stakes are so high. A theological seminary that serves faithfully will be a source of health and life for the church, but an unfaithful seminary will set loose a torrent of trouble, untruth, and unhealth upon Christ’s people. Inevitably, the seminaries are the incubators of the church’s future. The teaching imparted to seminarians will shortly be inflicted upon congregations, where the result will be either fruitfulness or barrenness, vitality or lethargy, advance or decline, spiritual life, or spiritual death.
    • Sadly, the landscape is littered with theological institutions that have poorly taught and have been poorly led. Theological liberalism has destroyed scores of seminaries, divinity schools, and other institutions for the education of the ministry
    • It is with a single man that error usually commences.
    • The language of higher education is overwhelmingly dominated by claims of academic freedom, rather than academic responsibility.
    • Southern Baptists learned these lessons the hardest way, and we have paid the price of theological controversy for the sake of recovering that which was lost. By God’s grace, we have been granted a recovery, if we will keep it. Now, a new generation must take up this responsibility in the face of new challenges, knowing that these challenges, like the denial of biblical inerrancy, will require the full force of conviction to confront, and the full force of confession to contain.

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