Many have heard the child’s song with the words, “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”. The song encourages children to be a light in a world where darkness can be found in many places. Well, for Christians, the light that we shine is not a little light. It is a light that comes from God. And since God is infinitely powerful, we would do right to consider this light a big light. It is, without a doubt, a light which can completely extinguish darkness wherever it may be found. Consider the following verse:
“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. ” (Acts 4:31)
With our ears we can enjoy varieties of music, experience the thrills of explosions in movies, listen to the whispers of friends or loved-ones in our ears, or be alarmed by loud sounds that startle us. But the ear also has a function that is essential for the soul. It can hear words that go deep into the heart of a man. Destructive words can cause a person to hate others and altogether become bitter and angry. Encouraging words can cause a person to be filled with comfort and courage.
Jesus emphasized the importance of hearing through his ministry. In the parable of the sower, Jesus shows us that the way in which you listen, can make a dramatic difference in your life.
Evangelical Christians have long been associated with telling people about Jesus Christ. The term born-again brings up images of a devout, exited for Jesus, Christian who can’t stop trying to convert others to Christianity. Our culture is, in general, open to many forms of spiritual expression and exploration, but somehow the Good News of Jesus Christ is not the best news around. Is the Gospel of Jesus Christ just not cool enough, modern enough, or hip enough? Do we need to hype-it-up with mystique like the Eastern religions? Should we wrap up the Christianity’s central message in modern garb to present it as attractive? Can we make the Gospel attractive?
There are several modern attempts to make the Christianity more attractive and appealing to the masses. This article will show some of these attempts and also look at the reason these are not adequate when compared to what is found in the Bible.
Lately I’ve been tuning into the discussion over at White Horse Inn. They feature a radio show program, available to listen online, with discussion on various important topics within Christendom. The main characters are Michael Horton, Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, Ken Jones, and Dr. Kim Riddlebarger. They typically invite an expert speaker to come and discuss a particular topic and then they all join in discussion. The speakers are excellent and Michael Horton asks excellent questions.
I found many of these discussion to be very edifying and helpful. Even though these guys have reformed backgrounds, the show is not overtly reformed in the sense that they are bent on pushing Calvinism or reformed doctrine. Their primary concern is the strengthening and edification of the people of God. They are concerned with promoting discernment of the ideas and teachings floating around us and helping Christians to stay on track as followers of Jesus Christ.
White Horse Inn also works to publish the Modern Reformation magazine. I have subscribed to this magazine and it is among the best magazines for Christians to read. The articles are relevant and applicable to Christians today. The articles are well written accessible to a wide audience.
White Horse Inn and Modern Reformation are my top picks for must-have information to be digested by Christians. Check it out!
The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up, nay, you have to cut every step with an ice axe; only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress; you need a guide to help you, and you are not safe unless you are fastened to the guide, for you may slip into a crevasse. Nobody ever slides lip, but if great care be not taken they will slide down, slide back, or in other words backslide This is very easily done. If you want to know how to backslide, the answer is leave off going forward and you will slide backward, cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity, for stand still you never can. (Spurgeon’s Sermons v.21, #1235)
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. ” (John 17:20–23, ESV)
People come to church for a variety of reasons. Some people wish to bring some sort of spirituality to an otherwise secular and wordly lifestyle. Others desire to be fed with spiritual truths and experience a closeness to God. Some seek religious experiences and the excitement of worship in a charismatic setting. Some people desire a private religion in the comfort of their own home, keeping their relationship with God a personal and private matter. Others simply come because they think it’s the right thing to do, even though they do no believe a word of what they hear.
Fortunately, we can turn to the Scriptures to find out what Jesus would want of his believers who gather. In this section of Scripture, Jesus makes known his primary concern and desire that we be in perfect unity.