Archive for April, 2013

Is Christianity true?

Have you ever felt uncertain about whether the Christian faith really is true?  Whether what you’ve heard about Christ can really be trusted?  If so, you’ve got something in common with most Christians: and with a first-century man called Theophilus.

We welcome you to come and join us at Emmaus Road Reformed Church this Sunday as we begin a new sermon series on the book of Luke. Luke wrote a gospel that would help people to be more certain of their salvation in Christ (Luke 1:4).  This is a historically accurate, carefully researched, well-organized gospel.  It is a documentary before our eyes from eyewitnesses.  Luke’s purpose is to write an historical account to provide a solid basis for the Christian faith.

To put it in 21st-century language, Luke was a historian. This is what historians do. They listen to the eye-witnesses, carefully investigate, interview, and check things out: and then write down what actually happened in an orderly, easily understandable way, so that people can know with “certainty” (v 4) what really happened.

Come and join us as we dig into the richness of the gospel of Luke.  Come and be comforted with the gospel promise that Jesus came to seek and save that which is lost (Luke 19:10).  Come and rejoice that Jesus is the Savior who has come on a search and rescue mission to save a people for himself from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation (Revelation 5:9).

Excerpts have been quoted above from Carl Laferton and Philip Ryken.

Speak the truth in love

“You are most loving, patient, kind, and gracious when you are aware that there is no gospel truth that you could give to another that you don’t desperately need yourself.  You are most humble and gentle when you think that the person you are ministering to is more like you than unlike you.  When you have inserted yourself into another category that tends to make you think you have arrived, it is very easy to be judgmental and impatient.”

Paul Tripp, Dangerous Calling.

What is the cure for the loveless heart?

The loveless heart will be cured only when we know and are convinced of the love that Christ has for unworthy sinners like us.  We must ever guard against doing what is formally right without putting our heart in what we are doing.  We must not be like those who draw near to God with their mouth and honor Him with their lips, but whose heart is far from Him (Matthew 7:6-7).  May God grant us a faith in Christ that is genuine and true, which joyously and spontaneously expresses itself in deeds of compassion, service, and love.

Quoted from Nicholas Batzig’s article in Tabletalk, May 2013.

What does it mean to forgive someone?

Even when we say, “I forgive you,” many of us have a difficult time not thinking about what others have done to hurt us… It is very difficult simply to stop thinking about an unpleasant experience. Instead, we must replace negative thoughts and memories with the gospel promises of God in Christ… Every time you begin to dwell on or brood over what someone else has done, ask for God’s grace and deliberately pray for that person or think of something about the offender that is “true, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8).

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).
 
Taken from The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 220-221