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Advance09 – Recap

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on June 9, 2009

Well, for the first time in several years I had opportunity to attend a “pastors” conference.  The conference was Advance09 and it was well worth the wait!  This conference was mainly hosted by a couple of local churches in the Raleigh/Durham (go Tarheels!) area but it was “advanced” primarily by the Acts 29 church planting network.  The lineup of speakers was solid, as you can see from the website.  I was also able to meet up with my good friend Mark and met some friends of his here, here, and here.  A good time was had by all.

Mainly for my benefit, but hopefully for yours too, I am going to briefly recap the main thrust of most of the speakers.  I won’t go into great detail since that has been done elsewhere and you can hear the complete audio here.  Also at advancethechurch.com you can check out the continuing work of this conference with future conferences planned and blog posts and video content.  There will be future Advance conferences and events so stay plugged in.

Mark Driscoll – What is the Church?

In the first session Pastor Mark set out some descriptions of what the church is, and along the way he pointed out some historical and culture manifestations of the local church.  Specifically he spoke about the individualistic bent the church took and now a days there is an overreaction to this with too much focus on the “gathering”.  Mark emphasized that preaching is the most important thing but not the only thing.  He admonished the pastors present not to be afraid of the people and not to be a coward and fear man (your members).  He also told us to Preach Jesus as He is and will be…BIG, EXALTED, and BIG ENOUGH FOR ANYTHING!

The church is:

  1. Regenerate Church membership
  2. Qualified Leadership
  3. Gathering for preaching and worship
  4. Sacraments rightly administered (every week?)
  5. Unified by the Spirit
  6. Disciplined for holiness
  7. Obeys the great commandment to love
  8. Obeys the great commandment to evangelize and reach the nations

There was some more about the Church being

  1. Scattered & Gathered
  2. Attractional & Missional
  3. Preaching should lead everything (small groups, etc.)
  4. Biblical principles vs. cultural method

Bryan Chapell – Communicating the Gospel through preaching

His notes can be found here.  Dr. Chapell is a weill know professor @ Covenant Theological Seminary and the author of some good books on preaching.  Dr. Chapell encouraged the pastors to preach a loving but powerful Jesus in every sermon we preach.

Matt Chandler – Preaching the Gospel to the De-churched

We need to get back to the nature and character of God – the fear of God.  How do we build confession in our churches?  Preach the cross!  Make the cross central.  Embrace the foolishness of the Gospel.  We cannot contextualize the Gospel where everyone likes it.

Ed Stetzer – Keys to Understanding the Church and the Kingdom

Matthew 16 – The church holds the keys to the Kingdom of God.  Three things are necessary to be a kingdom focused church:

  1. Recognize the centrality of Christ (culture may make this harder in the future).  Our churches need to be Jesus centered and Spirit led.  Make every message about Jesus and not about change.  Don’t preach a message void of Jesus though you can still preach practical messages.  Make Jesus always the hero.  Make the cross a bigger issue than you church.
  2. Peter’s confession is the foundation of God’s Church.  Peter’s declaration of the person of Christ led to Jesus’ declaration of the plan of the Church.  Jesus said HE will build HIS church.  A nostalgic/naive Calvinism (“all I need is the Bible/Owen/Spurgeon) is not interested in learning from others and is defective.  The gates of Hades cannot resist the Advance of the Church.
  3. The Church is God’s tool for Kingdom Mission.  Matt 16:19-20.  We need a Kingdom vs. a self focused church…the Church proclaims the Gospel thereforeit holds the keys to the Kingdom.

J.D. Greer – Re-vitalizing a church.

From Matthew 23, 6 timeless characteristics of religion.

  1. Religious people love recognition and the praise and attention of people
  2. Religious people substitute religious ritual for a love of God
  3. Religious people elevate secondary issues over a love for God
  4. Religious people elevate religious ritual over a love for others
  5. Religious people are more aware of the sins of others than their own
  6. Religious people always think others are talking about other people’s sins and not their own

God, please save me and my church from being religious people!

Mark Driscoll – Ministry Idolatry

A lot of pastors suffer from unrepentant idols of the heart:

  1. Attendance Idolatry
  2. Gift Idolatry – of your own gifts and others
  3. Truth Idolatry – education/knowledge
  4. Fruit Idolatry – success
  5. Tradition Idolatry
  6. Method Idolatry
  7. Office Idolatry – Identity
  8. Success Idolatry – is winning or out-performing your idol?
  9. Ministry Idolatry – wanting the position too badly
  10. Innovation Idolatry
  11. Leader Idolatry

Repent!  It is not only what we preach that is important but what we practice.

Danny Aiken – 9 Marks of a Healthy Community of Faith

  1. Will consistently love each other – volitional/active/working/serving love
  2. Cares for those in need
  3. Honors the divine institution of marriage & family
  4. Unshakable faith in the Providence of God
  5. Respect those who teach and rule the church.  Why should they?  Church leaders should: 1. Be faithful to preach and speak the whole Word of God, boldly, clearly, truthfully.  2. Guard your life. 3. Shepherd the flock and love them.  This takes time.
  6. Will not be moved away from Christ centered doctrine
  7. Spiritual sacrifice of praise, thanksgiving, and service
  8. Cultivate a ministry of prayer for its leaders – encourage your people to pray for you
  9. Will look to the Lord Jesus as their good shepherd who will be faithful to make them complete in every good work.

That is about all I have.  Again, I encourage you to listen to the audio if you are interested.  I didn’t even cover John Piper’s messages on world missions.  Great stuff!

Join me in Advancing the Local Church!

Greetings and Re:Launch

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on June 8, 2009

It has been so long since I have blogged here that I almost couldn’t figure out how to do it.  A lot has happened in my life since the last time I blogged, at least regularly.  My wife had a baby 1 Year ago, (happy birthday!) Elijah Fulton Jenkins.  The company where I work has grown by about 200% since the last year, and with it my office has moved.  And I have been ordained as an elder at my church, Ephesus Church.  This was a huge event in my life and I am still transitioning and getting used to the idea that I am a Pastor/Elder, but it has been good.

I have preached my first “Sunday morning” sermon.  The Pastors at Ephesus are preaching through 1 John and was my priveledge to preach on I John 2:3-6.  This is a very powerful and convicting section of scripture.  I pray that I did it justice and brought glory to God while equiping the members of our church.

My plan is to relaunch this blog soon.  Stay tuned!

Until next time.

Hey Everybody

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on August 24, 2008

Hello Everybody!

Things have been non-existent over here at Follower of the Way.  The summer has been busy.  The beginning of the summer found my family 1 person larger.  Elijah Fulton Jenkins was born on June 5 and is now full fledged member of the household.

Things have been busy at my job and I have been doing lots of reading on exciting things like finance and accounting!  Been trying to keep up a little with the depressing state of politics in America, which is always good for an exciting conversation or two.

This is all to say that I am hoping to blog at least a little more regularly.  First up will be a post summarizing a sermon I just preached at my church, Ephesus Church, on the Imago Dei.  We’ll see how it goes after that.

This is just a heads up that new things are on the horizon.

See you soon.

Myanmar/Burma

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on May 6, 2008

QOD

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on April 14, 2008

The Patriot Post
Founders’ Quote Daily

“[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore…never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.”

— Thomas Jefferson (letter to Judge William Johnson, 12 June 1823)

Reference: Original Intent, Barton (261); original Memoir,
Correspondence, and Miscellanies, From the Papers of Thomas
Jefferson

Ed Stetzer on CNN

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on April 12, 2008

I thought Ed (yes, I have met Ed and think I can use his first name) did a great job here for the millisecond that he had. You go Ed!

Cash Credo

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on April 11, 2008

“I finally settled on a fundamental answer. “I, as a believer that Jesus of Nazareth, a Jew, the Christ of the Greeks, was the Anointed One of God (born of the seed of David, upon faith as Abraham had faith, and it was accounted to him for righteousness), am grafted onto the true vine, and am one of the heirs of God’s covenant with Israel.””

John R. Cash answering a question about what his religious affiliation was. – From “Man in White” pg. xiii

R.I.P. Charlton Heston

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on April 6, 2008

URL Update

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on March 26, 2008

You can now reach Follower of the Way at www.sosipater.com.  No need to type wordpress in the address anymore.  Isn’t that awesome?!

Rebuilding Lakeshore: ARBCA Style

Posted in Christ and Culture,Miscellaneous by sosipater on January 7, 2008

Hey everybody. Things have been very slow here at Follower of The Way and for that I apologize. Other things have been taking up my time but I hope to be offering some major changes to this blog over the next year. Keep checking in to find out what will be going on.

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and my prayer is that everyone reading this blog will have a great year in 2008.

Some of my brothers and sisters in Christ have started this year out with a bang! Yesterday almost 30 members of my church left to go to Gulfport, Mississippi for a trip that will hopefully change lives. They have teamed up with several churches from our association, ARBCA, and are serving the needs there of people who lost homes in hurricane Katrina.

My friend Nick, our Pastor to Students, will be compiling reports from this trip and you can read all about it at the official web site of this trip at ARBCA in Lakeshore.

I hope you can check in and offer up prayers for all of the team members and residents who will be working together for the Glory of God to serve their neighbors in Mississippi.

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in History,Miscellaneous by sosipater on November 21, 2007

turkey.jpgFriends, I wanted to pass along Thanksgiving holiday wishes from Follower of The Way. Is it just me, or does Thanksgiving have more of a Biblical feel than even Christmas these days? Doesn’t the very existence of this holiday presuppose that there is someone out there whom everyone deserves to give thanks to? I know there are many who either don’t give that a second thought, or find substitutes. But as for me and my house, we will eat Turkey and be thankful to the sovereign God who gives and takes for His own glory.

By the way, check out this post by Steve Weaver. The best parts are the historical information (please pardon the quotes by Lincoln and Bush).

Enjoy the holiday and make sure you give thanks where thanks are due!

10 Ways to Avoid Community @ Church

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on November 13, 2007

Man, this list is incredibly, and painfully, insightful.  I relate.  It is sad.  Need more grace.

Source:  askingy.com

I read this post a few days ago and have been inspired to create a similar list about community.

Begin sarcasm…

  1. Keep conversations short.
    You are busy, you have a lot to deal with in your life, if you talk to someone you might get close to them and that takes time and energy that you don’t have. Just keep it short and sweet, don’t bother talking about anything more than the weather. If you don’t know a person is hurting, then you don’t have to do anything about it.
  2. Always sit in your “assigned” seat
    By always sitting in the same seat you always sit around the same people. These folks know the deal, and stick to the appropriate 30 second conversations: weather, sports, how the new preacher is doing, etc. Also, this keeps you from having to venture out, meet new people, and possibly sit next to someone you aren’t familiar with.
  3. Avoid new people
    It’s one thing to deal with all the people that you already know at church, but it’s another to actually meet new people. Seriously, you aren’t good with names, you don’t have the time, or the energy, so just walk right past anyone you don’t know. After all, they won’t notice that you totally avoided them.
  4. Come in late
    Don’t overlook the beauty of this one. By coming in late you totally avoid even the 30 second conversations. And (bonus), you avoid the new people! It just makes life easier.
  5. Leave immediately after the service (or early)
    This has the same benefits as coming in late, with the added benefit of getting on the road more quickly to beat those other churches to eat. This way you get out of that crowded church building so that you can go sit with your people and eat a meal. If you add this method with the coming in late method you could go to a church for years and never meet anyone.
  6. Be physically present but mentally absent
    When talking to someone, pretend to listen by nodding your head and saying “uh huh” while you are really thinking about what show comes on TV later that night. Basically, just don’t engage anyone on any level. After all, you’re just there to put in your “time” and then get on with your life.
  7. Don’t share a meal
    If you goal is to avoid community, this step is of the utmost importance, don’t ask people to lunch! Sharing a meal is an intimate thing that creates deeper relationships. So, when someone asks you to lunch fake a stomach ulcer or something, just get out of it.
  8. Stay very, very busy
    The busier you are, especially on a Sunday, the less time you have to “deal” with people. In fact, attempt to be so busy that when speaking to someone you never even stop walking past them as you say hello.
  9. Make your default response “everything is great”
    People will always ask how you are doing. Make sure that you have your “default” answer ready so that when they ask you are ready to say, “everything is great!” This must be your default response, otherwise you might actually let on that your life is not perfect, or worse, that you are struggling. This colossal mistake could lead to deeper conversation and deeper relationship. If you are going to really avoid community while in church, this is probably your best weapon.
  10. Don’t show up
    This is definitively your best method of avoiding community overall because there is no community where there are no people.

Order Restored

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on October 29, 2007

Ahhhh…can you smell it in the air? Is it the crisp, cool smell of fall in the air? Not quite. Is it the wonderful aroma of football tailgater’s grilling and smoking gastronomical delights? Not that either.

What is it you may ask? It is the smell of fear and absolute doom on the rest of college basketball as they woke up this week and saw that The Univesity of North Carolina Tar Heels are ranked number 1 in the preseason Associated Press men’s baseketball poll.

Oh man, I can’t wait! I do pity all the Wildcat and Hoosier and Wolfpack and..cough…cough…Dook fans out there. Sorry to say it guys (sorry for you), but order has been restored.

Oh and don’t forget, they’re also picked to win the ACC regular season. Duh!

Please Pray

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on September 23, 2007

Friends,

Please pray for the Piper family in the loss of Pastor John Piper’s stillborn grandaughter, Felicity Margaret Piper.

Coram Deo.

John Farese Testimony

Posted in Christian Theology,Miscellaneous by sosipater on August 23, 2007

 [THFP: Provocations and Pantings]

Luther on Diapers

Posted in Christian Theology,Miscellaneous by sosipater on August 18, 2007

I like this post over at Gospel Prism.  Check it out.

Back in Time Anyone?

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on August 9, 2007

Man, super killer props to Pete at Contra Tenebras Lux  for playing one of my all time favorites on his blog.  For those of you too young to understand, just play and enjoy one of greatest gifts of the 80’s – Huey Lewis and The News (and their awesome soundtrack for Back To The Future). 

Go Heels…CWS 2 years running!

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on June 22, 2007

cws-button-240.jpg Congrats to the North Carolina Tar Heel baseball team for making it to the College World Series for the second year in a row.  Last year they lost a heartbreaking game three to the Oregon State…beavers?  And guess who they’ll be playing this year?  Yep, the beavers.  You can read the ESPN article about their win over Rice last night here.

My Last Ron Paul Post…

Posted in Government & Politics,Miscellaneous by sosipater on June 20, 2007

here at Follower of The Way.  While I still believe politics, i.e. justice, is a very important component of a robust Christian worldview, I think the amount of information I would like to disseminate about Ron Paul would be distracting from this blog.

So, this will be my last post about Ron Paul here, but…

Drumroll…

 You can find me also at electronpaul2008.wordpress.com.

Please bookmark and/or subscribe to keep up with the Ron Paul campaign.

QOD

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on June 20, 2007

Founders’ Quote Daily

“Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security.”

— Samuel Adams (letter to Thomas Wells, 22 November 1780)

Reference: The Writing of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, ed., vol. 4 (225)

Wednesday’s Web

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on June 13, 2007

*  The American Freedom Agenda so far has only one presidential candidate who will sign their pledge to promise to uphold the conservative principles of limited government.  Wonder who that is?  Read the Boston Globe article here.

*  Are Dr. Mohler and the SBTS press neo-cons?  I sure hope not.  I respect Dr. Mohler tremendously and usually agree with him about 95% of the time, but this is one opinion we don’t share.  The Towers Online article say that according to Dr. Mohler, there are no presidential candidates “tailor made” for evangelical voters.  Dr. Mohler, have you even heard of Dr. Ron Paul?  Oh wait a minute, here is where he gets off the hook.

“This is an election in which there is no major candidate who is just tailor-made for an evangelical constituency,” Mohler said. “So evangelicals are learning how to ask some new and, perhaps, more deeply discerning questions about the political process and about candidates.” [Emphasis mine]

Ok, well, I guess Dr. Paul is not a major candidate, yet, whatever that means.  I agree with Dr. Mohler though that this is an extremely important time for Christians to grow in the area of political discernment.

*  Rich Barcellos is blogging about the Sabbath and its relationship to New Testament Christians over at MCTS blog.  Looks good.

Nick has posted some quotes from John C. Millers book “Outgrowing the Ingrown Church”.  Looks good also.

Well thats it for now.  Make sure you check back soon for further updates.
 

Around a couple of Blogs

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on June 5, 2007

Hello readers.  Instead of your eagerly anticipated “Around the Blogosphere”, I bring you a more narrowly focused version, “Around a couple of Blogs”.  Enjoy!

From Justin Taylors site:

  • “This month (June 2007) PBS will air a documentary by Brian Godawa on the topic of the separation of church and state.”  Check out the whole post here.
  • The complete Christopher Hitchens / Douglas Wilson debate has been edited together at PhilGons.com.  You can find it here and the Tar Heel finger point belongs to Justin here.
  • Lastly, I want to recommend an excellent post called “What is Heaven Like” over at Road to Emmaus.  This is a healthy quote but needs to be read.
    • 3.) Heaven on Earth.  Most Christians believe that the church will be raptured followed by a seven-year tribulation, a literal thousand-year reign of Christ and then God will blow the earth up and make a new one.  The consequences of such thinking are dangerous.  The common thing I hear is that we shouldn’t care for our present world because we’ll be raptured out of this horrible place and God is going to blow it all up anyway.  The popular position by most Christians about the earth tends to resemble something out of StarWars rather than Scripture; with planet earth being blown up and destroyed, like the Death Star blowing up Alderaan.  However, this notion of new heavens and new earth is grossly inconsistent with what Scripture actually teaches. When God created the world he declared all of it good (Gen 1:1ff).  The problem never resided with God’s good creation, but with the sin that entered the world and tarnished his good creation.  Due to sin the creature and the creation are now stained with sin.  The principle of redemption we find in our own lives must also be applied to creation.  When we became believers God did not obliterate us and then make a whole new person, rather we maintained our identity, but now our identity is redeemed and slowly conformed to the image of Christ (Col 3:10).  We will keep our bodies in the future age, but those bodies will be redeemed.  Just as Christ died, was raised again in an incorruptible body, and maintained his identity; so we will be physically raised from the dead with an incorruptible body in which we will maintain our identity.  The same principle applies to the new heavens and new earth.  This present earth is our future dwelling place.  The only problem is that creation still awaits its redemption.  Creation’s redemption is dependant on our future resurrection (Rom 8:18-25).  We are at home now; however, we are resident aliens awaiting the removal of sin from the earth and our bodies. 

      When God flooded the earth, rescuing only Noah and his family, he did not annihilate the earth, but removed the ungodly from the earth (Gen 6-9).  It was the righteous who remained on the earth not the unrighteous.  Jesus states that at his coming it will be like it was in the days of Noah (Matt 25:36-41).  The dispensationalist understands this passage as speaking about the rapture, but if we compare the coming of Christ with the days of Noah, which Jesus tells us we should, then it is the wicked that are removed and righteous who are left to dwell on the earth.  Jesus teaches that those who are gentle will inherit the earth (Matt 5:5) and the promise given to Abraham of a place to dwell for him and his descendants (Gen 12:1-3) is transformed through Christ to now encompass the whole world, rather than a parcel of land in the Middle East (Rom 4:13). 

      A passage typically used to advocate this notion of a destroyed and re-created earth idea is 2 Peter 3:1-13.  Peter views history in three stages: creation to flood (3:5-6), present heavens and earth until Jesus’ return (3:7-9), and new heavens and new earth where righteousness dwells (3:10-13).  Peter describes that the presence of righteousness in the new heavens and new earth is not without purification.  Peter states that the heavens will be destroyed by fire and the elements will melt with intense heat.  The idea is not that God will blow up the earth, but that fire will be the means of purifying the earth.  The idea is that the present heavens and earth will be set free or loosed from its present bondage of decay and sin.  This principle of purifying with fire is observed in our own day.  If we want to purify something we burn it with intense heat.  The writer of Hebrews adds clarification to this idea by stating that God will shake both heaven and earth and only those things that belong to his kingdom will remain (Heb 13:25-29).  Creation was never intended to be a place for unrighteousness and sin. Earth was the dwelling place of man where he would forever enjoy fellowship with God.  One day God will give us resurrected bodies and purify his creation.  In that day God will come to dwell with his people forever in righteousness and holiness.  In the future day it will literally be heaven on earth. 

      Heaven is not a cloudy place up in space where we have wings, harps, and eat Philadelphia cream cheese, nor is heaven a place where I get a big house and walk on streets of gold.  Heaven is presence with our God and that future presence in on this present earth.  Just as God will redeem our lowly bodies and make them righteous, so he will purge creation of sin and make itsuitable for his presence.  In other words, he will restore what was lost in the Garden of Eden, intimate fellowship between God and his people.  Thus, we should have a healthy view of creation now.  We should have a biblical concern for the environment and seek to bring all things in this world (e.g., humanity, creatures, creation, culture, politics, etc.) under the Lordship of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 10:5).  It is through the church that Christ is bringing all things in subjection to himself (Eph 1:22-23).  Therefore, if all of creation finds its meaning and purpose in Christ, then our obligation as the church is to proclaim this message of reconciliation and restoration, which is the gospel itself (Col 1:15-20).   

         This is an important topic and has not only eschatological implications, but also has to do with what is our hope as Christians.  Is it heaven, or the Kingdom?  Are they one in the same or different.  What is our cocept of heaven?  I hope this post shed some light on that.  I am reading a book right now that has these topics included and may share some thoughts on that soon.  Stay tuned.

Friday’s Findings

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on June 1, 2007

* Baptist study center opens at SBTS.  Prettty incredible.  Baptists studying history?  Chock one more up for SBTS.

*  Speaking of SBTS, today is the official launch of Said at Southern, THE place to find out what is going on in the SBTS blog world.

*  Speaking of Said at Southern, today’s guest post is fantastic.  It is on a topic that is a rallying cry of mine, that there is no genre of music called “Christian Music”.  Great post, read it here.

*  The New Attitude conference’s audio messages are available.  Check out The Rebelution for recaps and directions to download.

Lifehack talks about ROWE, Results Only Work Environment.  Sweet.

*  Tired of your gas bill each month due to your commute (or driving habits)?  Check out GetRichSlowly’s post on “How to Improve Your Fuel Economy: 23 Tips for Better Gas Mileage”.

*  Finally, Gary Shavey over at the Resurgence blog has a good post about Culture and a new book called Everyday TheologyCheck out the post and buy it here.

Happy surfing and enjoy your weekend!

Wednesdays Web!

Posted in Christ and Culture,Christian Theology,Miscellaneous by sosipater on May 23, 2007
  • Pastor Driscoll gives some updates on the preparations for the Gospel Coalition Conference and asks for intercessory prayer for Pastor Piper as he finishes his book on justification and NT Wright’s views on said subject.  Here ya go.
  • Alex Chediak gives us a heads up on a new book by Voddie Baucham.  The book is “Family Driven Faith” and is about “the crucially important role of parents in raising godly children with a view to multigenerational faithfulness.”  You can purchase this book here.
  • Here are a couple of articles about Pastor Falwell’s funeral yesterday.  The Washington Post article is here, and the Baptist Press article is here.
  • Joe Thorn talks about needing a new confession(s).  Key up Huey Lewis and The News “I Want a New Drug” theme song.  Good thoughts and I agree with Joe, but still love and subscribe to the old confessions.
  • Bob Kauflin talks about suffering and the cross.  I have been thinking about this theme lately and loved this part of his post.
    • The cross assures us that our suffering is not purposeless, blind, unfair, or random. God has taken the most horrific event in all of history – the savage crucifixion of the Son of God – and transformed it into the supreme display of his glory and grace – the redemption of countless undeserving rebels. I tried to capture that thought in the song “Glory of the Cross.”What wisdom once devised the plan
      Where all our sin and pride
      Was placed upon the perfect Lamb
      Who suffered, bled, and died
      The wisdom of a sovereign God
      Whose greatness will be shown
      When those who crucified your Son
      Rejoice around your throne.
      Copyright 2000 Sovereign Grace Praise.
      Christ’s suffering means all our suffering now has profound meaning. We can rejoice in our trials because we know God is using them to prepare us for the glory that will be revealed in us (Rom. 8:18). We can be comforted that our sufferings have caused us to run to God for strength. We can thank God that our sufferings demonstrate God’s love for us, rather than contradict it (Rom. 8:35-39). We can be encouraged by the fact that we worship the One who has “borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” Forever.

Around the Blogosphere!

Posted in Miscellaneous by sosipater on May 18, 2007
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