Working in ministry—and particularly youth ministry—the one question that I get asked often is “how do I grow in my walk with Christ? What practically can I do to grow in my faith?” Every time I am asked this, I give the same response. “Look at your hand.” What does this mean? Let me show you.
I could just give you a list, but a list might not be helpful, because lists are in and of themselves usually forgettable. So, to make this more memorable (at least for me), I use my fingers to help me remember how spiritual, godly growth happens.… Continue reading
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
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