As an avid reader who sometimes feels guilty for taking ‘selfish’ time to read, I appreciated every point that Tim Challies makes here. As with most things, reading is about the motivation of your heart. This is a great list to help keep me in check by asking “who am I reading for?”
Contrasted with the prolific (and dangerous) variety of “churches” available today, John MacArthur sums up everything a church should be.
So what is an ordinary church? What do you mean an ordinary church? I mean a normal, customary, regular, common, ordinary church. Well, what would that be like? Well, here we go. You’d have a saved congregation, a saved congregation; that’s a church. They would be subject to the authority of Scripture gladly. They would be led by mature godly pastors and teachers. They would be devoted to sound doctrine and serious theology. Their worship would be elevated, beautiful, and have a tone of seriousness. They would be constantly in prayer. They would hold strong convictions based on sound doctrine. They would be spiritually discerning. They would be protective of God’s flock, protecting them from all sin and error. They would be pursuing holiness and humility, loving each other sacrificially, discipling one another, and proclaiming Christ by corporate testimony and individual witness. That’s a church.
Loved by Christian parents everywhere, Colin Buchanan is a gifted communicator with a solid grasp of what matters most.
Great thoughts by Paul Lewis. He writes
We believe we are owed: respect, love and honour. But herein lays the problem; that is not the love the world needs, because such a love does not fit into the human context – because we do not always reciprocate. Let us listen to what Jesus says on the matter. In Luke chapter 6, verses 32-36 Jesus says
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you?
The Malyon Traverse Centre is hosting (with the Lausanne Movement) the [re]evangelise Gathering of Young Leaders to dive deep into big issues facing evangelism in Australia over the next 10 years. Think secularism and secularisation, globalisation, mental health and questions of sexual identity, and partnership for the common good in a polarised church and world.
When: 11th Feb, 9:00-2:30
Where: 53 Prospect Rd, Gaythorne QLD 4051, Australia
Cost: $25 (includes lunch)
Details: See the Events page here