Audio: If Christ Will Return, How Should We Live Until Then?

JMacArthurPreachingShould the expectation of the return of Jesus Christ cause us to live differently than we would otherwise? The answer from Scripture is yes. As Pastor John MacArthur exegetes in this two-part message “Living in Anticipation of Christ’s Return.”  Part 1.  Part 2.

MacArthur says that knowing Jesus will return and grant us eternity in the new heaven “ought to impact your life” as a Christian in matters of attitude and action.

He is teaching from 2 Peter 3:11-18: Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!  But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to befound by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,  and regard thepatience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul,according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all hisletters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do alsothe rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore,beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (NASB)

 

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Why and How to Help the Persecuted

20160708_175715I had the incredible privilege last week to attend an event (The Bridge conference put on by International Christian Concern) focused on the persecuted church in the Middle East specifically. I also was able to attend a separate discussion regarding the refugee crisis and how Christians should think about it and how to help them.

I don’t even know where to begin because my head and heart are still swimming from the amazing personal testimonies, the harsh reality of suffering and oppression around the world, and so many thoughts about what can be done.

As I am able to gather my thoughts I will probably share more, but for now I just want to address a couple of basics on the matter.

Why should you (as a Christian) care about the persecuted church and/or refugees?

I realize these are not identical issues. But I would say that in both cases, the reason is the same: our faith demands it.

Matthew 25:31-40 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'”

1 John 3:16-18By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 

Col. 3:12-14Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

And there are so many more. God’s word tells us to love our neighbors, and then broadly defines who that is. It exhorts us to remember and care for the poor, for widows and orphans and the vulnerable. It says to show hospitality, even to strangers. So love, compassion and action to help people being persecuted for Jesus Christ, as well as to refugees (of any religion or ethnicity) is absolutely consist with how the Bible teaches us to live as Christians.

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Video: Mortal Kombat Star Saved

In his own words, martial arts master, actor and drug addict Jeff Durbin tells the story of how Jesus saved him from his sins. It’s quite a story.

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Don’t Miss List: On Unity, Gracious Disagreement, Racial Justice and Archaeology

Concerns about Together 2016 from the Reformed Nazarene blog

Together2016In less than a week, Together 2016 will happen in Washington, D.C. (where I live). Bringing together a wide range of speakers and musicians. Reformed Nazarene delves into who is speaking and performing and brings up some reasons to be wary. Which begs the question, when is unity right and when is it wrong?

Russell Moore on the shootings and racial justice

The news of the past week has been heartbreaking, both the news of black men being killed by cops and the news that police officers were targeted and murdered in Dallas. Evil continues to ravage our world. Since I do not know what to say in the wake of all this, I will share a piece by Russell Moore that definitely made me think.

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The Infinite Value of Redemption — The Domain for Truth

SlimJim posted this today and I just had to share. Great message:

I love the doctrine of Redemption. It is a beautiful imagery of what Christ has done on the Cross to save us. Here’s John MacArthur’s recent sermon on the Infinite Value of Redemption from Peter’s epistles. Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

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The Word: Titus 3:1-8

What is the role of good works in the life of a Christian? Titus chapter three shows us:

Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.

Titus 3:1-8 NASB

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Don’t Miss List: Self-Evident Truths, Wisdom, PDC updates

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Happy Independence Day, to my fellow Americans. Here’s a quick, Don’t Miss List for you.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – Kevin DeYoung (via TGC)

DeYoung remains one of my favorite writers. This timely piece about the “self-evident” truths which the U.S. was founded upon, and the declaration that rights are endowed by God, not government is no exception. Continue reading

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