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Sharing the Essential Elements of Jesus’ Gospel (Feature Friday 12/06/19)

What is an elemental substance of life? One could argue oxygen or hydrogen or a number of other elements. While all of the other options may have a degree of truth at it’s the most foundational level we know life requires water. Without water, human life would end within days if not sooner. Water is an if not the essential element of sustaining human life. To form water you must have two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Without those two elements in that ratio, you do not get water and thus cannot have life.

If water is essential for physical life, what about spiritual life? Are there essential elements to a life with God? The answer is yes. While many things could be said and tome’s have been written on the subject at the core of any understanding of life with God must stand the gospel message of Jesus Christ. But what are the essential elements of the gospel message? Bill Hull writes about “Sharing the Essential Elements of Jesus’ Gospel“. In it he gives what he declares are the 7 essential elements of the gospel of Jesus.

I find Bill’s article compelling because of the simplicity, clarity, and Biblical grounds for his essential elements. Too often we can overcomplicate the gospel, but there are times where we commit the opposite and under-communicate the fullness of the gospel message. Bill steps in to give 4 declarative statements and 3 imperative responses that comprise the entirety of Jesus’ gospel.

Enjoy the article, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Bill’s essential elements and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Photo by Levi XU on Unsplash

The Rest of the Gospel (Feature Friday 11/1/19)

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. That line has been spoken countless times in courts, movies, and interactions. On the surface, we all want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. However, at least for me, there are times when people give me just that and I don’t enjoy receiving it as much as I thought.

As a follower of Jesus, one who believes Jesus of Nazareth is the only one who can deal with my deepest problem and fulfill my greatest needs, I believe we think of the gospel the same way we view this statement about truth. We love the gospel, the whole gospel, and nothing but the gospel, but when the whole gospel is revealed to us it’s a difficult thing. I think the underlying problem is we don’t actually know or want “The Rest of the Gospel“.

As Craig Ethridge states in his article, “This is why so many Christians live defeated lives. They want salvation, but not change. They want to know God, but they don’t want to obey God. They want God’s love, but they don’t want Him to be Lord.” Ouch! But the reality is the gospel that soothes our souls is also the gospel that changes our lives.

Enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day. I’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts as well. What do you think? Why is it so easy to accept a gospel that saves us from sin, but difficult to acknowledge that the same gospel transforms our lives?

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

Get to Know People (Feature Friday 09/06/19)

Being a friend is inconvenient, takes time, and is often difficult. It was true of friendships when I was 9 years old and wanted to play baseball, but my friends wanted to ride bikes. It was especially true in college when a friend and I realized we liked the same girl. And being a friend to others as an adult is hard on so many levels. But being a friend is part and parcel to following Jesus.

As Craig Etheridge shares, “Jesus was called a ‘friend of sinners.'” And if you want or claim to follow Jesus you will need to work on being a friend as well. We are surrounded by people who simply need friends and ultimately need Jesus. The reality is that people may never know they need Jesus until they have a friend who is a friend of Jesus. This is exactly what Craig is getting at in his article, “Friend of Sinners“.

Jesus instilled in his disciples a heart for people and his followers today should still be evidencing that heart. How are you doing at it? Comment below some routine ways to develop friendships around you.

Enjoy the article and your weekend and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (06/29/18)

Sharing is caring! At least that is how the slogan goes. Sharing can be fun. You can share a victory as a team, you could share a meal with family and friends, and you can share a vacation with others as well. In all of these instances, sharing is fun. But sharing can also be difficult, even scary.

Sharing can become frightening when you think about personal information or aspects of our lives. While sharing personal information can be scary in light of all the digital and technological fraud going on these days and hacking involved; I believe sharing is even more daunting when we consider sharing personal aspects of our lives. This is especially true when we think about sharing our faith.

Because sharing the good news of Jesus Christ can be difficult I love Jim Putnam’s article “The Disciple Maker’s Journey Starts with This Step“. Jim reveals a simple step and reality when it comes to sharing the gospel and thus disciple-making.

Check out the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (12/29/17)

It’s Friday afternoon. I sit in my office contemplating the meaning of hope. What is it? How does it impact my life? And what do I put my hope in? It seems like every end of the year I go through this. I contemplate the last year. Look forward to the next and ask some important and intentional questions.

Questions like: what do I want to accomplish next year? Or what could I improve upon personally, spiritually, vocationally in the coming year? I realize all of these questions have to do with hope. And even as a follower of Jesus, finding and maintaining hope can be difficult in our day and age. But thankfully Joe Henegan offers some help.

In his article, “What 2018 Holds For Us: The Upside”, Joe offers 4 important positives 2018 will give us. As Joe says it, “There’s a lot to be excited about as we face a new year of Gospel growth worldwide.” I need to hear that and I agree.

I hope you will enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

*Photo from featured article.*

Feature Friday (9/23/16)

“I have some great news!” I remember hearing and saying these words after learning my wife and I were having our first child. There was some great news indeed. A new life was about to be born. A new adventure about to begin. And a new relationship was going to start. However, I wish I had that same attitude and aspiration when it comes to hearing and telling other great news…the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I know it is good news, I know speaking it can begin new life, start new adventures, and stir up new relationships, but it can still be a struggle to practice evangelism. In light of that, I am always encouraged and given a renewed passion when I come across articles like this one. So if you have ever, are, or quite possible may struggle for ways to share Jesus Christ, here are 10 Ways to Practice Normal Evangelism from Lifeway Pastors blog.

As always enjoy and invite someone to join you this weekend on the Lord’s day with the Lord’s people.

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