Wow it's been a month. Today I revive my postings on reading 66. I listened again to Max read Luke 22. I am struck, with the emphasis on the Passover, and admit in the past I've often been hung up on figuring the exact day in the feast timetable the various account in the Gospels… Continue reading Back from Vacation
Lot’s of good wisdom in this post.
I love the description.
His Law is the instructor that divides the presuppositions in the heart. It cuts through self-righteousness.
So easy to fall into the trap of just doing Good works, the Heidelberg Catechism speaks to that.
Lord’s Day 33
91 Q. A.
What are good works?
Only those which
are done out of true faith,1 conform to God’s law,2
and are done for God’s glory;3
and not those based on our own opinion or human tradition.4
1 John 15:5; Heb. 11:6
2 Lev. 18:4; 1 Sam. 15:22; Eph. 2:10
3 1 Cor. 10:31
4 Deut. 12:32; Isa. 29:13; Ezek. 20:18-19; Matt. 15:7-9
BTW specifically on evangelism my fall back passage it:
Joh 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
Joh 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Joh 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
Joh 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
by Mike Ratliff
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
5 Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise in his own eyes. Proverbs 26:4-5 (NASB)
Evangelism that is biblical is not numbers or results based as if it is a process we can control through methodology. The seeker-sensitive form of evangelism, on the other hand, is totally numbers or results based, and, therefore, uses methodologies to boost perceived effectiveness by increased numbers of “decisions for Christ.” The seeker-sensitive form of evangelism assumes that God is helpless to save anyone outside of their efforts. It ignores passages such as John 3:5-8 and Ephesians 2:1-10.
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