This, from Doctrinal Preaching for Today, by Andrew Blackwood (p. 46): In a backward tribe of Central Europe the meaning of baptism used to appear dramatically. In the presence of his tribesmen the new convert would stand facing the East and solemnly declare: “I accept Thee, O Christ, as my Saviour and King. I shall … More Baptism Formulations that Sing to the Heart
I recently had a conversation with a church member about the failure of his church to act with any urgency to a new person’s desire to be baptized. “This person came to church for the first time in years at my invitation; they were powerfully moved by the message and immediately after the service signed up … More Why Do They Visit? Why Do They Leave?
Monday Discussion “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:20-21, NASB) Six … More Begging-Ambassadors: The Christian Identity
Sunday Musings And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to … More The Advantage of a Literate Christian Witness
Weekend Musings “Could it be that in these two acts, repentance and baptism, we have the hub or locus of a Christian conversion? Could it be that this is the twofold pivot on which the whole experience hangs, and by which the experience becomes a true and good beginning to the Christian life and ultimately … More Rethinking Conversion and How We Start Discipleship
Sunday Musings Great post over at 9 Marks today on what we ought to be doing when we come together as the body of Christ. Here’s the link. Take two minutes and read this excerpt from Ligon Duncan’s chapter “Foundations for Biblically Directed Worship” in Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, ed. Philip Graham … More Why and to Do What, Do We Come Together on Sunday?