The Gospel for ALL of life

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.

Will you Waste Your Life?

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.

We Will Not Be Cool

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.

The Resurrection, Did it Really Happen?

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

[12] Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? [13] But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. [14] And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. [15] 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. [16] For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. [17] And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. [18] Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. [19] 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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How Will You do in Religion 101?

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 your own city, Dubai. 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 when you are challenged by your faith intellectually and doctrinally now and in college?I pray that I, your parents, the church, and Christians around you would do exactly that. But, we can also use the resources that God has given his people. Here is one of them. It’s 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.He encourages students to look at their expectations, to be prepared for opposition, to dig deep for answers. But most importantly anchor themselves in a local church.So as some of you think about university. The most important question you have to ask is… is there a good local church I can be a part of? Find a church, and then pick a university.

Modesty, What is it?

I have recently been thinking about modesty… specifically how I have gone about it all wrong. I apologise for thinking legalistically about the issue. I have failed to think through the issue and address it with the true answer… the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Christian life is never just about rules and laws… Its about the heart, and about what Christ has accomplished on the cross.

Tim Challies did a series on modesty a few years ago and it has been refreshing and enlightening. He reminds us its not JUST and issue for women but also for men. He reminds us that we can still be immodest EVEN when we dress modestly.

How? Because modesty ultimately is a heart and gospel issue. And I have failed to address that. And so I apologise. Thinking about it this issue legalistically will only lead us to a self righteous kind of life. It will lead us to think we are better then others because of the way we dress, and think. So let us think carefully about how the gospel shapes our modesty.

Here is a excerpt from his last post, Modesty Matters Part 3: What Not to Wear.

WHAT TO WEAR

The ultimate solution to immodesty is not a list of rules or a checklist; the solution is the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. And isn’t it interesting that the gospel is all about being dressed? When Christ suffered and died, he was stripped naked and nailed to a cross where he was clothed in all of our sin and unrighteousness. All we had ever done wrong was placed upon him. All of our immodest desires and behavior were placed upon him.

Because he took our sin and suffered the penalty for it, and because he rose triumphant from the grave, we can now put our faith in him. When we do that, he clothes us in his righteousness. He strips off our sin and clothes us in his goodness.

If you are a Christian, you are clothed in the gospel before you are clothed in anything else. You are not wearing Tommy Hilfiger or Calvin Klein or whatever label you like best. Not first and foremost. You are wearing Jesus Christ. This means that every article of clothing that touches your body is going to relate to the gospel in some way.

As a Christian you have the privilege and the calling to display the power and the reality of the gospel in your life. You can do that or can hinder that in the way you dress. You can dress in such a way that people see nothing of Jesus and everything of you. They might see your body and see your style, but miss Jesus altogether. Or you can dress in such a way that your clothing matches your message, that people see Christ in you.

So as you browse Amazon looking for a new shirt, as you are rummaging through the clothing racks, or even as you are considering the way you dress, your first thought needs to be for the gospel. Will this clothing contradict my message by making people notice me? Or will it complement my message and allow me to draw attention to Christ? Be careful here! You can draw attention to yourself as much through ultra-modest clothing as through ultra-immodest clothing. And over-emphasis on modesty can actually be immodest.

And there is our challenge: to be modest men and modest women clothed in gospel of Jesus Christ who will do nothing and wear nothing that will detract from that glorious message.

Great stuff… Please comment below about any thoughts.

Also check out his other posts on Modesty

Modesty Matters Part 1: The Heart of Modesty
Modesty Matters Part 2: Imperishable Beauty
Modesty Matters Part 3: What Not to Wear
Modest: Men and Women Clothed in the Gospel
Reducing Modesty to Rules