Friday, February 1, 2008

Outstanding Messages to Hear Again and Again

Rolland from Sweden asked, “Is there beauty? Why?” Often we assume the existence of God in our gospel presentation, but people here start with evolution. You can’t explain beauty with evolution.

In preaching on the activity of our triune God in missions he pointed out the great commission says in the "name" not "names" of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Consider Acts 10:42 "And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead." Notice who is speaking. The God and His Judge are already mentioned. Notice He isn't suggesting but ordering. Earlier Dr. Erik Thoennes pointed out that sharing the good news isn't optional for the disciple. The option is being obedient or not. Being a silent witness isn't enough according to Romans 10:14-16 "How will they hear without a preacher?" "How will they preach unless they are sent?"

We needed to hear that! Even though proclaiming Christ is central to CCC, we need to hear it. The other topic that hit home was a message on suffering. "What is our blindspot in America?" Erik asked an Asian pastor. "You Americans have a great theology of church growth but nothing on church groaning." Erik went on to point out that we are not suffering alone, all creation is groaning with us (Romans 8:18-25). Maybe believers suffer more, not just because we have an adversary who loves to destroy, but because we suffer from homesickness. "But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells." 2 Peter 3:13

You can download the messages with the links.

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