Jesus Wants the Rose

Unfortunately, the youth minister Matt Chandler speaks about preaches law in a way that most of us can relate to. Meanwhile, Chandler portrays the glory of the cross in saving sinners like you and me. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Let us rejoice and proclaim the good news.

Join us tonight as we look more closely at Law and Gospel.

I would highly encourage you to read/watch/listen to Matt Chandler’s message “A Pastor and His Unregenerate Sheep” at Desiring God.

Creating a Better You

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Books, magazine, television shows, classes, programs, seminars and more are dedicated with helping you become a better you. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent trying to improve lives. Our churches and ministries too have gotten on board, offering a message of self help and life application tips.

Does it work? I’ll let you answer that one. Just look around. I think you will agree that society isn’t getting any better.

Our focus on ourselves only feeds our problem. Our hearts are evil. Jesus says in Matthew 15 “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.”

Who are we to think we can solve this problem on our own? We can’t. We need an external solution. That solution is Jesus Christ. The very one who gave us the law which now condemns us, died on a cross to pay our debts. He died to propitiate the wrath of a holy God. Only he can turn our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh.

Join us Saturday night as dive more deeply into the subject of the proper use of Law and Gospel.

Ending the Roller Coaster

Yesterday Steve Camp at The Cross Church (@thecrosschurch) put out this tweet:

Christian, your justification lies in His work, not your performance. Until you grasp that, the roller coaster never ends.

You can’t say it much better than that. That’s Romans 3:21-31. Justification is the heart of the Gospel. That is the issue that drove Luther and the Protestant Reformation.

So why are we stuck on this roller coaster of self-improvement that tells us we aren’t good enough? Satan’s lie that says we have to try harder to please God.

We can thank Charles Finney and his legacy for much of what we see in the Church today. Michael Horton wrote about The Legacy of Charles Finney in Modern Reformation magazine. He wrote:

Finney believed that God demanded absolute perfection, but instead of that leading him to seek his perfect righteousness in Christ, he concluded that

…full present obedience is a condition of justification. But again, to the question, can man be justified while sin remains in him? Surely he cannot, either upon legal or gospel principles, unless the law be repealed…But can he be pardoned and accepted, and justified, in the gospel sense, while sin, any degree of sin, remains in him? Certainly not (p. 57).

Let’s get off the roller coaster. Join us Saturday night as we look deeper into the issue of Law and Gospel.