Being Like God:  Love—The Willing Surrender

Ephesians 5:1-2 “Good theologians make the greatest lovers.” Potential, in a negative sense, is unrealized, unused strength. It’s the gap between how well you are doing and how well you could be doing. Are you striving to live up to your Christian potential? This text shows the heart of God, our duty toward God, and our motivation to do our duty. We are called to be like God. Can you aim any higher than that? We learn to do something better by observing and imitating someone who is really good at it. We learn sports by watching and imitating athletes. We learn to love by imitating God, but we can’t imitate Him unless we know him. We do this through theology—the study of God, not just

The Bitterness Escalator and its Remedy

Ephesians 4:31-32 Sanctification follows -necessarily follows - justification. Augustine said, “On your exceedingly great mercy rests all my hope. Give what you command, and then command whatever you will.” The grace of God gives what the law commands. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” said Yogi Berra. Paul takes us to a fork in the road of trouble. Will you choose the path of bitterness or forgiveness? Once you choose bitterness, you step on the escalator that leads almost automatically to wrath, anger, clamor, slander and malice. Riding the bitterness escalator must be put away from you. Why is this imperative passive? It perhaps points out that the power to change comes from

The New Man Speaks

Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Our words can be dangerous weapons, and our words always reveal what is in our hearts. It should be the goal of the Christ to honor God with his speech. Unwholesome or corrupting words include harmful, damaging, negative speech of any kind. Unwholesome talk fractures the unity of the church and it compromises our Christian witness. IT IS THE OLD MAN SPEAKING. SILENCE HIM. The old man cannot help but speak out of the overflow of his fallen heart, but the new man can. We can stop using words as weapons. The New Man Speaks with four filters in place. 1) What you say must be true, but you do not have to say everything that i

Charge to a Pastor

1 Corinthians 1:17 “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.” 1. Preach Christ. He is what the Bible is all about, and he is what you, and your congregation, need. Find Christ in the text, for he is there. Draw out his beauty before their eyes. Preach the perfect righteousness of Christ that is freely given to all through faith in the gospel. There is no other hope. Many still try to offer God their own righteousness, but they are just filthy rags. Preach the atonement. Preach the precious blood of Christ that was shed for sinners. Preach the intercession of Christ. He

A Brief Theology of Work

Ephesians 4:28 Work should be considered “a way of life in which the nature of man should find its proper exercise and delight and so fulfill itself to the glory of God… Man, made in God’s image, should make things, as God makes them, for the sake of doing well a thing that is well worth doing.” Dorothy Sayers We are created in the image of God to work. Before the fall in the garden there was work to do and after our full redemption there will be work to do. But sin has given work a bad name. We hate work. It is a necessary evil that keeps us from doing the things that we really want to do. We must put off the old man, that thief, that time robber, that lazy loafer who wants to be pampe

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