This is exactly right. A great encouragement – and an exhortation – to those of us who are single, and have waited a long time in the hope of marriage.
The last couple of weeks we’ve been thinking about “The Sinner’s Prayer”. I started with a definition of what I mean by the term, and then suggested that it led to at least three serious spiritual maladies.
Last week, I gave a bit of background on “The Sinner’s Prayer”, exploring what it is, and what it isn’t. Just to be clear, then, I’m not about to argue that sinners shouldn’t cry out for God’s mercy.
It’s been the source of controversy at the Southern Baptist Convention, with David Platt calling it “superstitious”. And yet a recent Christianity Today editorial called it “a work of genius, as brilliant as the simple formulations of Martin Luther”.
When you read Mark’s Gospel, it’s striking how often Jesus speaks of “the kingdom of God”. Carl Laferton and I have developed a short presentation of the Gospel which majors on this theme. It does it using five simple pictures.
Over the past weeks, we’re been focusing on why we should disciple and what keeps us from doing it. In one of those delightful incidents the world calls serendipity and Christians call providence, 9Marks have just published an e-journal on the subject of discipleship.
We’ve talked a lot these past few weeks about the centrality of the gospel in discipling, teaching and preaching.
Over the past five weeks, we’ve been thinking about why Western evangelical churches have not been discipling well. So now what? What practical steps can we take to improve?
Murmuring underneath everything we’ve seen so far is a fifth and final reason why our discipleship of others is failing so badly.
Welcome to “Why We Don’t Disciple #4”. Or, as you may prefer to call it, “Biting The Hand That Feeds.”