The “Great Mistake” that Many Christians Make from the Start.

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Got 10 minutes to find out? And to learn why our experience is the wrong thing to look at with respect to our Christian faith?

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and jayneandd, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanctification Hounds

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“There’s more work to be done concerning your sanctification.”

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And more of the ones who aren’t doing it themselves are gonna tell you what you should be doing regarding your sanctification.

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Here’s my advice:  Forget trying to improve people (or yourselves) in God’s eyes.  Dump that “3rd use” baloney, and just preach the law and the gospel, to kill off and to make alive again.

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And BEFORE you write in with your 27 page tome with excerpts from the Lutheran Confessions and the Bible to buttress your little self-improvement/righteousness project…take a good long look in the mirror and honestly ask yourself what this project has done for you.

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1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

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Romans 10:4 ESV

” For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” 

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Thanks to flickr and Christian_Wall_Art, for the photo.

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In the end, what the gospel is really all about.

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The gospel.

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It’s not about our security, or our wants and desires, or our material blessings, or the good and bad in our lives.

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click > After all else…what the gospel is finally all about.

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and Livingword2012, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Prostitutes will enter the Kingdom of Heaven before preachers will”

What?

Jesus spoke to Nicodemus and laid some heavy ideas on him. Actually these “new” ideas weren’t heavy at all, but they were light…and freeing. But they were radically different and frightening to people stuck in the self-justification/sanctification, living by the law (for righteousness) game.

The sanctification of the righteous, the religion project, the improving yourself in the eyes of God project are all things that work against what Jesus brought to this world, and to you, via His cross and resurrection.

Give this one 10 minutes of your time. It may be the most productive 10 minutes you’ve spent in a long time.

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click> Jesus speaks to Nicodemus

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Thank you, Pastor Mark.

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And thanks to flickr and IPS Inter Press Service, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanctification – The Theology of the Cross – and the similarities between Evangelical and Roman Catholic theologies

Where does the Christian life start?  From the resurrection…or the cross?

A good one. It will no doubt ruffle a few feathers…but then the pure gospel always seems to do that.

Enjoy:

Listen to >Sanctification vis a’ vis the Theology of the Cross

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.
And thanks to flickr and mirandoll, for the photo.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Starting off on the wrong foot in the Christian life

This class expands on the “free-will” topic, and how an improper understanding brings the believer to the wrong focus:

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 Listen > Starting off on the wrong foot in the Christian life

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.

And thanks to flickr and genebob, for the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Yeah…but what about our sanctification?!”

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In the words of Tony from Jersey…

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“Fahgettaboutit….”

 

 

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“The Bible says this and the Bible says that…”

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I hear so many tortured (and torturing) souls quoting the Bible as to “WHAT WE MUST DO”  that it is enough to make one lose their lunch.

Whether it’s comments on this blog, or preachers on the radio or t.v., or blog post on other Christian blog sites…or wherever.

Biblicism robs and destroys assurance and freedom.

 “Sure the Bible says that  we are saved by grace through faith, not of works lest anyone should boast, but over here in 2nd Philopians 7, it says that YOU MUST EXAMINE YOURSELF AND SEE IF YOU ARE REALLY SAVED OR NOT!!!!

Well, are you living on that thin margin of income and donating (TAX BREAK!) the rest to the poor? Visiting the prisoners in the jails and prisons? OF COURSE YOU ARE!!! JESUS told us to do as much… so if you aren’t doing it, and doing it with a pure heart with no begrudgement, then YOU HAVE FAILED the test. Maybe you really aren’t a Christian after all. Maybe you are nothing but a self-deluded backslider, who talks a good game, but really only “sacrifices” for the neighbor when it is convenient and won’t put too much of a dent into the pile that you are amassing for yourself and your own family.

Are you a Biblicist?  Do you like to throw Scripture verses around to fit into your neat and tidy view of the Christian life and your own sanctification project, and to lord it over others who are not quite as “good” as you are?

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Thanks to flickr and  Greater Manchester Police, for the photo.

 

 

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Sanctification, and the work of the Holy Spirit

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This is the second part to the first part.  The party of the first part will part immediately after the part about the last part.

As a goodwill gesture on my part I have decided to allow everyone access to this second part except Lutherans, and non-Lutherans.

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What exactly is your role in sanctification?

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You tell me… (that’s me on the right)

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 click here > Sanctification, and the Holy Spirit

                           (only 15 minutes long - in case you have a pie in the oven)

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Thanks to Pastor Mark and all who participated in the class.
And thanks to each of you for whatever it is that you are doing to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and the freedom that He has so dearly won for us on the cross.
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Thanks to flickr and Hagerstenguy for the photo.
 
 
 
 
 
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Christian Growth

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Here’s another gem from Gerhard Forde.

“Christian growth is forgetting about yourself.”

  (…and your Christian growth)

 

The parenthetical statement is my addition.

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Thanks to flickr and joeysplanting for the photo.

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