Archive for August, 2012

Ladies’ Bible Study (at Redeemer)

On September 13, 2012, we will start our Ladies’ Bible Studies again. We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursdays (May – September), except November and December at 10am at Redeemer Reformed Church. Download a PDF of the schedule here.

What does it look like to meet a humble person?

C.S. Lewis wrote: “To even get near [humility], even for a moment, is like a drink of cold water to a man in a desert.

Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody.

Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him.

If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.”

Mere Christianity, (section on “The Great Sin), p. 128.

The Danger of Counterfeit Gospels

In How People Change, Paul Tripp identifies seven counterfeit gospels—-”religious” ways we try and “justify” or “save” ourselves apart from the gospel of grace.  Which one (or two, or three) of these do you tend to gravitate towards?

Formalism. “I participate in the regular meetings and ministries of the church, so I feel like my life is under control. I’m always in church, but it really has little impact on my heart or on how I live. I may become judgmental and impatient with those who do not have the same commitment as I do.”

Legalism. “I live by the rules—rules I create for myself and rules I create for others. I feel good if I can keep my own rules, and I become arrogant and full of contempt when others don’t meet the standards I set for them. There is no joy in my life because there is no grace to be celebrated.”