Posts Tagged "Devil"

The Blog Patrol (May 12, 2009)

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Welcome to our post-Mother’s Day installment of the Blog Patrol! We’re changing things up a little bit this week. Since The Blog Patrol started, I have been posting it at around 6:30 EST on Tuesday afternoon. Starting this week, I will be posting it in the early hours of Tuesday morning. So, what does that mean for you? It just means no Tuesday entries in this week’s installment. We’ll pick that up next week. So, welcome to the one time only 6 day week of The Blog Patrol! [For those of you who notice such things – yes I realize the preponderance of blog series in the Patrol this week. It was not by design. There just happen to be a lot of good series out there this week. Same for the heavy weighting towards children’s ministry this week.]

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Would You Be Willing to Die For Your Blog?

  • A happen to have this blog, and this article makes me realize how blessed I am that God allowed me to be born in a country where I can write freely about my Lord.

The 4 Jobs of a Small Group Leader (1 of 4)

  • This is the beginning of a new series from Coffee With Chris in which we look at what it means to be a small group leader in youth Ministry. In part 1 of this series, Chris looks at caring about being a small group leader.

Wednesday (May 6, 2009)

Building Faith Skills in Kids (2 of 5)

  • This second installment of the five part series from Jabberfrog looks at helping kids to memorize scripture.

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I believe…What I believe about sin

I Believe

Throughout the history of the Christian church, men have endeavored to record the core fundamental beliefs of their faith.  Through creeds, catechisms, and other writings, they have sought to summarize and memorialize their beliefs and convictions.  I am not a theologian…just a simple sinner saved by the grace of Almighty God.  That said, as Christians we are all members of a royal priesthood, and I believe that it is important to know what we believe and to be able to state it clearly for others.  As a father and a worker in Children’s Ministry, I have found that this is especially important in order to be able to answer questions raised by kids with clear, concise, and generally brief answers.

So, I decided a useful exercise would be to begin to record my Christian beliefs in short concise statements (I hope).  I do not intend for these to represent my own personal systematic theology or to cover all aspects of the Christian faith.  It is not my intent to expand on the why of my beliefs, but simply to list what my beliefs are.  I also don’t have a plan for how frequently I might put one of these entries together.  Instead they will represent my feeble attempt to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit think a little more deeply about what I believe about selected doctrines and issues.  That said, I want these entries to represent what I believe and not just what “I feel.”  The heart is, after all, “deceitful above all things.”  So, I will endeavor to include scripture references wherever possible.  I think of it as a cheat sheet for what I believe.

So, that is WHAT I am doing.  The next logical question is, WHY am I recording them here on my blog.  There are actually three reasons,

  1. Why not?  I’ll already have them written down. 🙂
  2. I hope in some small way that they may help someone to clarify their own beliefs.
  3. I am hoping that the readers of this blog can help me out.  I am not a trained theologian.  I’ve never been to seminary.  The closest I’ve ever come to a class on Systematic Theology is that I own Wayne Grudem’s book.  I read my Bible, but I don’t consider myself a scholar.  If I miss something or misstate something, I hope that someone will point it out!

I’ve decided to start with my beliefs on the issue of sin.  There have been a lot in the news stories recently where people have been ridiculed, lambasted or otherwise ridiculed for their beliefs on particular sins (be that abortion, homosexuality, marriage, divorce, or anything else).  Rather than addressing each sin individually, it seemed like a good time to step back and examine my beliefs on sin in general.

Here’s what I believe:

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The Wrath of God

On July 8, 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached his most famous sermon ever at Enfield, Connecticut.  That sermon was based on Deuteronomy 32:35:

“Their foot shall slide in due time.”

In a day and age when one wells known preacher refuses to talk about hell because he doesn’t want to offend people, Edwards’ sermon seems particularly relevant.  As you read the sermon, replete with wonderfully written prose and the conviction of the Word of God, you can feel Edwards’ love for the people he was preaching to.  You sense that he is, with a great deal of urgency, pleading with his audience to embrace Jesus Christ as savior.  Perhaps we need more sermons like this in our day and age when so many people:

“…will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” [2 Timothy 4:3]

I will not post the entire text of the sermon here (I have included a link to it at the bottom of this post), but I will provide an outline along with some of the more memorable quotes from the sermon beginning with Edwards’ introduction:

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