What Happens When We Believe the Gospel?

It seems that many people who profess faith in Christ, may understand intellectually what the gospel is, but when it comes to the actual change that gospel should have in people’s lives most people don’t have a clue. Justification and Regeneration by Charles Leiter is an excellent book in helping Christians (and even non-Christians) understand not only the gospel but how the gospel changes those who put their faith in it. This book is one of my favorite books of all time simply because of the clear truths and the books simplicity. This is an easy read. That is not to mean that truths in this book are light or cliche. Charles Leiter does an excellent job at maintaining biblical truth, but presenting it in a way that is easy to get. If you want more information just click this.

 

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The Mess of the Church in the South

One of my favorite sermons! Bryan Loritts bringing some very convicting truth. Check it out.

Romans Sunday School

So I am excited about teaching Sunday school this fall for the college class. This semester we will be looking at the first 8 chapters of Romans. Here is where I am going to post the Sunday school for each week.

  1. Romans 1:1-17
  2. Romans 1:18-32
  3. Romans 2
  4. Romans 3:9-20
  5. Romans 3:21-31 (low quality)
  6. Romans 4
  7. Romans 5:1-11
  8. Romans 5:12-21
  9. Romans 6:1-11
  10. Romans 6:12-23
  11. Romans 7

The Poetic Gospel

I recently posted my first poem a few days ago and since I have been wanting to write another poem. Except this time on my favorite topic, the gospel. So over the past few days I have been writing and while I’m not 100% sure that I’m finished with this one I still wanted to share it.

 There is a truth that includes all
that continues today from the fall
for all men hate the One who is good
because in their depravity have not understood.
That the Lord made the heavens and all it contains
the fields and oceans, for the Lord makes it rain.
Yet men in their wickedness turn from the One
who is true and great, because of what He has done.

The wrath of God is men’s only escape
for the deeds of men will always rape
the glory of God and all His worth
still sin and corruption fill the earth.
With lies and deception do we spread
the wickedness of men is what all dread;
with no hope of change in our depravity
we cannot run, for it is like gravity.

Before His throne no one will stand
fury and fire is what the Lord commands.
But God in all mercy and grace
turned to His Son to restore our race.
Death and destruction will abound
all men will be silent when judgement sounds.
Unless One should take our place
but who would die for this wicked race.

God’s only Son could take on sin
and make us clean from within.
Changing our hearts to rely
on the death of Christ; in Him supplied
power and love to push us to
perfection and purity for we are new.
Christ’s blood has redeemed us to tell the story
the riches of God for His fame and glory.

Writing poetry has been a great joy as of late. It definitely frees my heart and challenges my mind to think of words that flow with meaning and truth. I hope to branch out and try different types of poetry, but for now I will stick with this one.

Me First Poem

If you haven’t heard, me and a few friends are going through the gospel of Luke and I had been putting everything in letter form until this week. I decided to attempt to take this weeks chapter in Luke and write it in poetry form. This is week is from Luke 7. If you want some context on the poem I suggest reading over Luke 7 before reading the poem.

Well here she goes:

Jesus Christ, Savior, King
Marveled, not at what the Centurion’s power could bring
but his faith, for the Centurion knew he was less
than all of Christ’s righteousness.

Jesus Christ, Savior, King
Compassion, the cry that he would sing
to the widow’s son dead in the grave
“Arise”, he said for the son to be saved.

Jesus Christ, Savior, King
Stay strong John and continue to cling
for John will not shake like the reed,
but stand firm to continue to plant the seed.

Jesus Christ, Savior, King
Oh how much perfume did she wring
tears and sorrows over Your feet,
but You forgave her, now she is complete.

Jesus Christ, Savior, King
You are the One to whom we must sing;
joy and happiness yielded from the Cross
for You suffered and died for gain and not loss.

Hope you enjoyed. I hope to continue to write more.

A Letter from Luke (Part 4)

Here is chapter 4 in the letter from Luke:

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, journeyed into the wilderness. There in the wilderness for forty days, he ate nothing, and when the forty days had ended the devil came to Jesus and began to persuade him saying, “If you are really the Son of God, say to this stone, ‘Become bread,’ that you may eat and be satisfied.” Jesus quoting from Deuteronomy said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” The devil, not willing to give up to easily continued to attempt to persuade Jesus, “I will give you all the kingdoms of this world and all their glory, all I ask is that You worship me.” But Jesus was still not persuaded once again quoting from Deuteronomy he said, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” Still the devil continued to persuade Jesus and in a final attempt the devil took Jesus to the top of the temple in Jerusalem and said, “If you really are the Son of God then throw yourself down from here.” And just like before Jesus responded from Deuteronomy saying, “It is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” The devil would then leave Jesus, until an opportune time later.Jesus returned to Galilee and many began to hear news of Jesus’ returning. Jesus would begin to teach in the synagogues and was praised by everyone who came to listen. He would arrive at Nazareth, where he was raised, and would enter the temple on the Sabbath. He began read from the prophet Isaiah about his calling and his purpose. How he would preach this gospel to the poor, release the captives, give sight to the blind, and set free those who are oppressed. These were great times for Jesus he seemed to be praised by everyone.

But Jesus knowing there hearts and what was to come rebuked the people in the town reminding them of their wicked ways in how they treated the prophets, Jesus also reminds them of some prophets who came only for Gentiles. And this drove the people in the synagogue to anger and they drove Jesus out of the synagogue. From there he came to Capernaum and began teaching on the Sabbath. There he taught with authority and many were amazed. There, in the synagogue Jesus would rebuke a demon dwelling inside of a man commanding the demon to come out of the man. Jesus would show such authority over the demons.

Later, Jesus would leave there and go to Simon’s house. There Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a fever and they asked Jesus to help. Jesus then rebuked the fever and the fever left immediately. Jesus would continue to heal those who were sick for the rest of the day and throughout the night; He would heal those who were demon possessed as well. Finally when day came Jesus fled to a secluded place. And crowds tried to follow him and when they found Him Jesus told them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities, for this is my purpose.” So he continued in the synagogues preaching and teaching those who were willing to hear him.

To be continued…