Passion Points

Here are some good posts for your weekend reading:

13 Reasons You Are Precious To God – Mark Altrogge (TBC)

Scripture’s “Top Two” List – Ed Welch (CCEF)

Why Believers Must Avoid Immoral Joking – Chuck Lawless

7 Ways to Become a Better Sermon Listener – Christopher Ash (TGC)

Hope you have a great Lord’s challenged and encouraged by the preaching of God’s Word!

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Driving the Lesson Home

GodTookMeIt is often through a combination of Scripture and providential circumstances that God drives home to our hearts a lesson He wants us to learn deeply.

– Jerry Bridges in God Took Me by the Hand

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Beloved

Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children.
– Ephesians 5:1

God calls us beloved children.  You are God’s beloved child – his dearly loved son or daughter.  You are dearly loved by God.

The Creator and Sustainer and Sovereign King of the entire universe dearly loves you.  Let that sink in.  God dearly loves you.  Oh that you might grasp this incredible truth that God loves you.  Who cares what others think of you, if God of universe loves you.

This word “beloved” occurs three times in Ephesians.  Once is here.  The first time was back in 1:6 where Paul referred to Jesus as the Father’s beloved.  At Jesus’ baptism, the Father declared, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased.”  And here in our text, the Father says the same thing to you: “You are my beloved son.  You are my beloved daughter.  You are my beloved child.  I dearly love you.”

You are beloved by God.

May that truth sink into your heart, and may you live each day out of this glorious reality.

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How To Study God

DiscoveringGodThe right way to study God is to worship him for his attributes, so that our theology become our doxology.

– Philip Graham Ryken in Discovering God in Stories from the Bible

 

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The Same Calling

ExperientialCalvinEvery Christian has the same high and holy calling to reflect in his life the likeness of Christ, who is the image of God.

– Ian Hamilton in What Is Experiential Calvinism?

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Family Collection

As Fall approaches, now seems like a good time to challenge all of us fathers to recommit to leading our families in Family Worship.  Some helpful posts and a video from Donald Whitney:

5 Reasons to Prioritize Family Worship

Husbands, It’s Time to Start Leading Family Worship

How to Do Family Worship (Short Video)

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Prayer Quote of the Week

praying-hands-smThe gospel produces a praying people.

– Joel Beeke

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Classic Quote

OldBooksI cannot trifle with the evil which slew my best Friend.  I must be holy for His sake.  How can I live in sin when He has died to save me from it?

– Charles Spurgeon

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Four Ways to Participate in a Baptism Service

Our church baptized three of our young people yesterday.  What a glorious day it was!

Before we did the actual baptisms, I reminded everyone that we were all there to participate in the baptism service.  It was not just for the three being baptized, but we were to all participate in the baptism service.  So here are four ways to participate in your church’s next baptism service.

First, we are all there to celebrate God’s saving work in the lives of those being baptized.  By faith in Jesus Christ, their sins have been washed away.  They are now His disciples.  And they are standing before us to proclaim that reality in their lives.  That is worth celebrating!

Second, we are all there to witness their confession of faith and commitment to follow Christ.  As witnesses, we must then be committed as their church family to help them grow in their walk with the Lord.  We commit to teach, to encourage, to support, to pray for, to build up, to be the church family in which they can grow up in the Faith.

Third, we are all there to remember our own baptisms.  As we watch these new believers be baptized, we remember our public proclamation of faith through the waters of baptism.  We remember our own salvation through Jesus Christ, and our own commitment to live for Him.  And as we remember, we affirm our faith and desire to follow Christ.

Finally, we are all there to pray for any who do not know Christ as their Savior who may be observing the baptisms.  We cry out silently that God might be at work in people’s hearts convicting them of sin and the real offer of salvation in Jesus Christ.  This assumes of course that we are in fact saved.  If not, then we ought to prayerfully consider our own need of salvation, of receiving what those who are being baptized have received.

Don’t just be a spectator at your next baptism service.  Be an active participant as you celebrate, witness, remember, and pray.

 

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Passion Points

I took the week off from blogging, but I am back today with some good posts for your weekend reading:

3 Keys To a Powerful Prayer Life – Tim Challies

How To Not Grow Weary In Doing Good – Mark Altrogge (TBC)

Nine Questions to Help You Steward All of Your Life for God’s Glory – Brad Hambrick (BCC)

Does Your Pastor Love You? – Erik Raymond

Hope you have a great Lord’s Day!

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