Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Discipline of Grace

"The Gospel is not the most important message in all of history, it is the only essential message in all of history."
Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved." "What does it mean to believe in Jesus, that is what is it we are to believe? We are to believe that as the son of God, clothed in our humanity, He lived a perfect life and then died on the cross for our sins. This message is called the Gospel, that is the good news about Jesus....all who put their trust in Jesus are justified freely by Gods grace."

"We are counted in Gods sight as perfectly obeying the law of God...we must keep in mind that our justification by God is based solely on the meritorious work of Christ and our union with Him. That is, God see us legally as so connected with Christ that what He did, we did. When he lived a life of perfect obedience, it is as if we lived a life of perfect obedience. When He died on the cross to satisfy the just demands of God's law, it is just as if we had died on that cross... these are objective truths; that is, they are true whether we grasp them or not. So often, however, we find it difficult to believe them. Because of our frequent failures before God, we do feel under condemnation, we do not feel God is for us but really surly must be against us, we do think He is bringing charges against us. At such times we must preach the Gospel to ourselves. We must review what God has declared to be true about our justification in Christ."

"To live by the Gospel we must firmly grasp the fact that Christ's life and death are ours by virtue of our union with Him."

Quotes from Jerry Bridges's book "Discipline of Grace"

3989X: The Discipline of Grace, Updated Edition

The Discipline of Grace, Updated Edition
I intentionally keep the focus of this site on the Gospel- the good news that Jesus died for our sins; for one reason it continues to astound me, that He would choose me to be one of His adopted children in light of my continued failures in His sight, but also, the key to renewing and reforming our minds is the power of repetition, as Martin Luther said,"We must continually pound the Gospel into our heads." This book will do that and do it well!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Whats the difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Martin Luther, John Calvin, Wesley and Catholicism-the Catholic Church? Maybe you haven't but the fact is modern Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Pentecostals, Charismatics and much of even society mainly European and American are influenced by the historic theology, doctrines and teachings of these. We pride ourselves, as Christians, on the idea that we base our Christian experience on the scripture alone but we are instinctively at a subconscious level, both religiously and socially a product of these doctrines teachings and influences. Listen to this teaching by Rod Rosenbladt as he dissects these doctrines and their influences on our thinking Click >>> Law and Gospel
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