Happy Reformation Sunday. Today, take some time to peruse the links that I mentioned yesterday, or just enjoy this glorious Lord's day.
Home Church-Russell Moore shares his fond memories of his childhood church. He writes, "Sometimes we tend to think of 'church' generically as a synonym for
Christians, some invisible blob of everyone who believes the same facts
about Jesus or who follows the same principles from the first century.
Yes, the church is the transnational, transgenerational Body of Christ,
the redeemed of all of the ages. But the church expresses itself in this
age in local, palpable gatherings of believers in covenant with one
another." Connect with a local church where the Gospel is preached and commit to them. There will be good times and bad, but if they teach people to love Jesus more deeply, the effects will last through many generations and will hold a special place in your heart.
The Counter-intuitive Nature of Grace--Tullian Tchvidjian writes again about the absolutely radical nature of grace. He writes, "Normally when we think of people in need of God’s rescuing grace, we
think of the unrighteous and the immoral. But what’s fascinating to me
is that throughout the Bible, it’s the immoral person that gets the
Gospel before the moral person; it’s the prostitute who gets grace; it’s
the Pharisee who doesn’t. What we see in this story is that God’s
grace wrecks and then rescues, not only the promiscuous but the pious.
The Pharisee in this story can’t understand what Jesus is doing by
allowing this woman to touch him because he assumes that God is for the
clean and competent. But Jesus here shows him that God is for the
unclean and incompetent and that when measured against God’s perfect
holiness we’re all unclean and incompetent. Jesus shows him that the
gospel isn’t for winners, but losers: it’s for the weak and messed up
person, not the strong and mighty person. It’s not for the
well-behaved, but the dead." Please read the whole thing.