Ministering to the Back-Sliding

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We’ve all known someone with a solid Christian history but currently seems to be waning, apathetic, or getting lazy. You know, the person whose history was so grand you would happily read the biography. She was knowledgable, loving, gracious, obedient, endured trials, and encouraged others. But something has happened. A life once marked as mature seems to be waning. We wrestle with concerning thoughts, doubt, and “Is he really saved?” It’s like maturity has stopped and the Lord isn’t there anymore.  We wonder, “Will he persevere?” If you’re like me, you wonder, “How do I minister to this person?”

The good news for us, there is a biblical blue print for us in Hebrews.… Continue reading

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Suffering and the Church

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Suffering will come. Just as Christ saved me by His sovereign grace, He has also called me to suffer (Phil. 1:29). Before suffering comes we need our theology in order. There are at least four convictions we need to endure trials: (1) why trials, (2) know Christ Jesus well, (3) obey His will, and (4) endure. For more details on these see here. Having these convictions will help us keep focus on Christ, trusting His sovereign will and plan, and longing for eternity with Him. Believers with a biblical perspective will affirm trials are “a momentary light affliction compared to the eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor.… Continue reading

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How to Suffer Well

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Suffering will come. This is a promise. “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Phil. 1:29). Just like God made us believe in Him, He also equally promised we would suffer for Him. Why do we have to suffer? The answer to this question is simple, “because God deemed it so.” Ask Job. God tests people. Suffering and trials reveal the real person. Suffering allows believers to better know the hope we have in us (Rom 5:1-5). Psalm 11 describes a situation where the wicked seek to destroy the righteous.… Continue reading

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