mission

Super-Abounding Grace

Sinclair Ferguson in his book, Man Overboard: The Story of Jonah:

We would be foolish to think that anything God ever says or does means that we can treat sin lightly. But, when his children return to him in true evangelical repentance, accepting his chastisements and humbling themeselves before him, they should hang on firmly to the knowledge that God is able to make his name a praise among the nations even on the shoulders of his children's failures and sins. Nothing will stop him. If need be he will use the devil himself (as indeed he ultimately will) to bring glory to his name, and to fit his own people for their temporary and eternal destinies.

The principle by which God works is that where sin abounds grace super-abounds (Rom. 5:20). It is this super-abundance of grace and wisdom in God which can make our experiences, even in rebellion against him, serviceable in his hands to equip us for the future.

Obstructions

John Stott on the closing verses of 2 Timothy:

Paul is fully alert to the difficulties, however, both internal and external. Timothy himself is inexperienced, infirm and shy. The world’s opposition is strong and subtle. And behind these things stands the devil, bent on ‘taking men alive’ and keeping them prisoner. For the devil hates the gospel and uses all his strength and cunning to obstruct its progress, now by perverting it in the mouths of those who preach it, now by frightening them into silence through persecution or ridicule, now by persuading them to advance beyond it into some fancy novelty, now by making them so busy with defending the gospel that they have no time to proclaim it.

Link List for September 28th, 2013

How Should a Suit Fit? Your Easy-to-Follow Visual Guide

If you're going to suite up, then make sure it fits correctly.

Marked 2 Launched

If you write using Markdown, then you should consider picking up Brett Terpstra's Marked 2. This latest release includes a number of improvements upon his original Marked app, including Scrivener support.

A Conflict of Christian Visions: Gen. 1-2 vs. Gen. 3 Christianity

Anthony Bradley challenges Christians to think about the nature of the gospel and our role in stewarding God’s desire for creation. Dr. Bradley:

In the end, the Gen 1 and 2 framework sees the missionary mandate and the commission to create and steward cultures that glorify God as a “both/and” while the Gen 3 framework tends to see the missionary disciple-making mandate exclusively as the Christian’s main concern. For Gen 3ers, the cultural emphasis is merely an implication or application of the gospel as opposed to the restoration of creation as something to which the gospel directly points.

Introducing Evernote for Salesforce

I'm really excited about this partnership.

A Beginner's Guide to Pinboard

Shawn Blanc offers some great tips for using Pinboard, which has been my preferred bookmarking service for some time now. The title of the post says "Beginners Guide," but there's some good stuff here for more advanced users as well.

Near South Neighborhood Carnival

Bounce House On Sunday, 2 Pillars Church took over a small, little–known park in Lincoln and put on a neighborhood carnival. In addition to serving food, we charged each of our small group Gospel Communities with the task of sponsoring some kind of booth or game.

The above photo shows our GC's contribution to the event.

Overall, the event was a success. It's difficult to estimate the number of people we saw, but I would guess it was close to 200 people or more. Further, the majority of those in attendance were not associated with our church in any way.

I overheard one woman say, "I haven't seen anything like this happen here in the twenty years that I've been around."

What a fun way to bless our neighborhood and get to know our neighbors!

 

 

The Scope and Subtlety of the Gospel

I'm currently reading Unbelievable Gospel: How to Share a Gospel Worth Believing by Jonathan Dodson in preparation for an upcoming Classroom Series session 2 Pillars Church is holding on Evangelism. In the opening chapter, Dodson observes the following about the gospel:

The gospel is both bigger and smaller than we think. Sometimes we can’t imagine the scope of the gospel, as news so good that it changes everything—society, culture, and creation. People really need to hear this. This vision of reality is better than anyone can imagine. The good news of the gospel is better than the best news people can conceive. Others times, we can’t imagine the subtlety of the gospel, that it brings us exactly what we need in Christ: acceptance, approval, forgiveness, newness, healing, worth, purpose, joy, hope, peace, and freedom, all in Jesus. The gospel is bigger and smaller than we think, as big as the cosmos and as small as you and me. It is the good and true news that Jesus has defeated sin, death, and evil through his own death and resurrection and is making all things new, even us!

This is the good news of the gospel. This is the message Christians are called to share. This is the message Christians get to share! It's implications are huge and cosmic on the one hand, subtle and deeply personal on the other.

I'm really looking forward to this upcoming installment of the Classroom Series. We'll be seeking to grow in our own understanding of this good news and our calling to proclaim it. We'll also spend time discussing the practical how–tos of evangelism. It's shaping up to be a great morning.

Join us on April 20 if you're in the Lincoln area.

Ambassadors of the Kingdom

Edmund P. Clowney:

The City of man requires idolatry. All must bow before the symbol of its total claim. Religion is tolerated when it supports the claims of the state, the party, the institutional hierarchy. But those who say, "We must obey God rather than men" are always condemned as traitors or exiled as aliens. Yet the calling of Christ's kingdom not only separates a man from the world, it also sends him to the world. In this time of the kingdom we are pilgrims, for the mountain of Christ's rule is the heavenly Zion; but in the task of the kingdom we are ambassadors, for we have been sent by the King to proclaim his terms of peace to his rebellious realm.



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