Welcome back to the Topical Memory System challenge and the second verse of week 10. As we continue, let's return to the "bridge illustration" this series is helping us to learn as a method of proclaiming the Gospel. This is a great evangelistic tool. It's easy enough to draw on a scrap of paper or... Continue Reading →
Note: This is part of the 2019 Topical Memory System challenge. We'd love to have you join us! As I wrote Monday, it can be easy to substitute legalism for obedience, and in a series from two years ago, I suggested that legalism comes in the form of four traps: brinksmanship, rigorism, hopelessness, and hypocrisy.... Continue Reading →
Note: "Prepare for Sunday Gathered" is a weekly message we send out to help our congregation prepare to worship together on Sunday. It is also available on our webpage: http://www.fcbcnh.org
As we discussed in previous posts in our series on "A Call to Obedience," obedience is submitting to God, not simply following his commands. Driving the speed limit when you find yourself next to a police cruiser isn’t obedience. It’s compliance. Similarly, following God’s commands because you fear the very real consequences is mere compliance,... Continue Reading →
Convinced of their own holiness – whether by the false promises of cheap grace or those of legalism – they place their trust themselves, not their Creator. And so, they continue their lives to the end, like the passengers on the Titanic, trusting man’s constructions while being blissfully unaware of the cold, hard death that lies in their future.
... obedience is the sign that we have been saved through true faith, and not simple belief. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” – John 14:15
If grace comes from the riches of [God’s] kindness of forbearance and patience, it is not something we can purchase with our own righteousness – can one buy pure gold with filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)? Nor is it something we can receive as if it were worthless. No, it is a gift from his richness into our poverty, and such a gift should elicit the intended response: repentance.