Understanding And Applying The Kenosis

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Theology is life, or so it says on the t-shirts. But the real truth is that theology must impact life, any theology, no matter how orthodox, that doesn’t shape the way life is lived is worthless. R.C. Sproul put it this way in his helpful basic systematic theology, Everyone’s A Theologian:

The purpose of theology is not to tickle our intellects, but to instruct us in the ways of God, so that we can grow up into maturity and fullness of obedience to Him. That is why we engage in theology.[1]

Perhaps no passage in the New Testament  has so tickled intellects and been the subject of more idol theological curiosity than Philippians 2:5-8, often called the Kenosis of Christ.Continue reading

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Follow-Up: Be Ready for the Excuses

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I am so thankful to be writing on this blog with these faithful, godly men. They challenge me, encourage me, and stir me to be a better minister of the gospel.

Yesterday, Zach wrote an excellent post on Evangelism (go back and read it — you won’t regret it, even if you have already read it). Zach’s thrust was offering “five simple ways to become more faithful in the work of evangelism.” Today, I want to give you a sixth: be ready for the excuses.

You will find (or maybe you have already found) that when you do evangelism, many people will have already had some thought about this whole Jesus and gospel thing.… Continue reading

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Becoming More Faithful in Evangelism

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Evangelism. Though it is the means God uses to make Christians (Romans 10:17), for many Christians, evangelism is a strangely intimidating word.  In fact, I’d suspect that most Christians (including me) feel inadequate when it comes to the work of evangelism and would likely admit that they are not nearly as committed to that work as they know they should be.  How about you?  Is there any room for you to grow as an evangelist?  In this post, I’d like to offer five simple ways to become more faithful in the work of evangelism.

First, make sure you are walking with Jesus. Continue reading

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Living Like Jesus

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The goal of every Christian is to become like Christ; to know Him (Phil 3:10) so well that we are conformed into His image (Rom 8:29). I tell this to my students (and myself) all the time: know Christ, so that you can live like Him. If you know nothing else about the Bible, know Christ. This means that we all must spend a good deal of time in the four Gospels, so that we can see Christ and then be able to imitate Him and learn from His example (Luke 6:40; 1 Pet 2:21; 1 John 2:6).

Well, since June 2017, I have been taking my students on a expositional journey through the Gospel of John.… Continue reading

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Reprise: Send Your Pastor To Conferences

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This week I am in Los Angeles, attending the Shepherd’s Conference through the generosity of others. This year the church I serve couldn’t afford to send me, but the Lord provided. And I’m glad he did, I really needed it this year. Two years after first writing this, It is just as true and maybe more valuable than ever. The Shepherd’s conference isn’t the only game around, there is the Shepherd’s 360 conference associated with Shepherds Theological Seminary, There is the Banner of Truth Minister’s Conference, For the Church as well as smaller regional conferences like the annual GAMA Equipping Conference.Continue reading

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