This Sunday at Mountain View

This Sunday at Mountain View, Redeemer University College Daniel Jumaquio will be preaching from Philippians chapter 2. The Worship Band from Redeemer will lead worship. It goes without saying (but here it is anyway), “You are Welcome to Attend!?”

11 AM, coffee before, during and likely after!

There is Hope, But there are not Hopes

Many seek hope wherever they can find it. The mistake, though, is in thinking that hope is a sort of buffet table of options, when there is only one. Some seek a general notion of god, or higher power, without seeking to hope in Him on His terms:

“There is no such thing as Christianity apart from the Lord Jesus Christ; there is no blessing from God to man in a Christian sense except in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Anything which claims to be Christianity without having Christ at the beginning and the centre and the end is a denial of Christianity, call it what you will. There is no Christianity apart from Him; He is everything.”

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Ultimate Purpose: An Exposition of Ephesians 1 (Edinburgh; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1978), 43.

 

How Grace Became Cheap

Grace becomes “cheap” when we fail to appreciate its breadth and depth:

It is because man has an inadequate conception of sin that he has an inadequate conception of the grace of God. If you want to measure grace you must measure the depths of sin. Grace is that which tells man that in spite of all that is so true of him God looks upon him with favour. It is utterly unmerited, it is entirely undeserved; but this is the message of ‘Grace be unto you.’ It is an unmerited and undeserved action by God, a condescending love. When man in sin deserved nothing but to be blotted out of existence God looked on him in grace and mercy and dealt with him accordingly.”

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Ultimate Purpose: An Exposition of Ephesians 1 (Edinburgh; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1978), 40–41.

 

 

Are You Miserable?

“Are you a miserable, unhappy Christian, feeling that the fight is too much for you? and are you on the point of giving up and giving in? What you need is to know the power that is working mightily for you, the same power that brought Christ from the dead. If we but know that we are meant to be ‘filled with all the fulness of God’ we should no longer be weak and ailing and complaining, we should no longer present such a sorry picture of the Christian life to those who live round and about us. What we need, primarily, is not an experience, but to realize what we are, and who we are, what God has done in Christ and the way He has blessed us. We fail to realize our privileges.”

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Ultimate Purpose: An Exposition of Ephesians 1 (Edinburgh; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1978), 21.

 

Uncool Cool (Cool Uncool)

The Wittenberg Door:

Are we uncool? We’re cool with that.

Originally posted on The Wittenberg Door:

“Small Churches are seldom smooth, corporate, institutional or cool. That may be one of the coolest things about them.”

Vaters, Karl (2013-01-02). The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us (Kindle Locations 2640-2641). NewSmallChurch.com. Kindle Edition.

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Death by Excellence

“When people say, “God deserves only the best,” are they paying attention to the list of disciples Jesus picked?”

Vaters, Karl (2013-01-02). The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us (Kindle Location 1391). NewSmallChurch.com. Kindle Edition.