This pandemic has turned our worlds upside down. It has changed how we work, do school and live life. Covid-19 has taken lives, separated families, and continues to impact our lives even as you read this. So what hope can we have in the midst of this pandemic? What hope is there in the midst of sickness and death?
John Piper reminds us and and calls us to this hope in his new book “Coronavirus and Christ.” We must turn our eyes to Jesus, the sovereign, saving King, who rules even now. Take a few minutes to watch his introduction to the book and download the book for free here.
Many of you will end up going to university. And in university you will face people and professors who do not believe in Jesus Christ. In fact, not just in university but even here in Dubai you will find out that people are not neutral to God, but are, and will be in active opposition to you, and ultimately God. Will you be prepared? Are you already prepared? How can you prepare yourself for to be challenged in your faith intellectually and doctrinally?
I pray that I, your parents, the church, and Christians around you would be part of that preperation. But, we can also use the resources that God has given us. Here are two excellent resources for you to prepare yourself.
- A Video by Micahael Kruger, who gives a little bit of his story, and how he was challenged by entering a secular New Testament class.
- Ligonier Connect.
This is an excellent ministry that is for FREE right now. In it you can find a ton of classes that you can take by yourself or a group of other students. There are classes that surround theology, the Christian life, worldview and so much more. Follow the steps below to a class on how to defend your faith by R.C. Sproul.
- Simply click here to go to their website.
Click on Worldview and Culture
3 . Click on Defending your Faith 1:Foundational Principles.
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Be encouraged and challenged by excellent teaching!
Too often the good news of Jesus is just thought to be the beginning of the Christian life. As if you enter the kingdom of God through the door of the gospel and you leave that door behind. But it is not just the beginning but is in fact the very building of the Christian life. It continues to shape and mold the Christian. We never move beyond it… If we do… we simply don’t yet understand the weight and glory of it.
Here is Jackie Hill Perry giving a small spoken word piece about the time she came to the realization the gospel has power to keep Christians for their entire lives.
Its easy to simply live life aimlessly. Its easy to live life simply for our pleasure and our joy. But we were created for much more. We were created for a gracious God who made us with purpose. We were created to find our joy in God and to display his worth to the world and its all made possible for us by the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. John Piper in this video tells us what it looks like to not waste our life and the reason why we shouldn’t.
Can Christians hope to be cool? Adam4d is a Christian comic writer/illustrator. Here is a comic he made to remind Christians of the reality that we won’t be considered one of the cool kids, and thats okay. Why? Because we have been accepted by the Savior who purchased us with his own blood. We have a greater mission than to be cool or liked or accepted by everyone… And that mission is to live for our king… To make his glory known as we share the gospel, and serve those around us sacrificially.
You can look at his other comics here.
How important is the resurrection? I mean… Isn’t Christianity just simply based on religious claims? Would it really matter if Jesus never rose from the dead?
Paul definitely thought it did. Just look at what he writes in Corinthians 15:12-19
 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.  We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
(1 Corinthians 15:12-19 ESV)
Christians don’t make a religious claim about the resurrection. We make a historical claim. Jesus actually historically rose physically from the dead three days after his execution. If you are someone who has struggled or do struggle with evidences for the resurrection, listen to this conversation from the White Horse Inn.
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