Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:
1. Many Hear the Gospel with Joy but Don’t Continue in the Faith: R.C. Sproul – Sproul says, “I don’t want to be too harsh in my response to reports about the successes of evangelistic events. I recognize that all outreach ministries face the problem of measuring their effectiveness. Churches generally do it by reporting the number of members in their congregations and how much they have grown over a period of time. Evangelistic ministries often do it by reporting the number of people who come to the front, raise a hand, sign a card, or pray a prayer. These ministries want to have some kind of statistic to measure the response people are making.”
2. They Excommunicated My Dad: Isaac Adams – Adams notes, “God used this discipline to show me elders are precious gifts to local churches. In the few years after the discipline, God led me to godly men in other healthy local churches. These men taught me the value of the gospel and the importance of rightly representing it corporately and individually. Using my dad’s failures in church leadership, God showed me the immense potential of an elder to either reflect or deface Christ’s love for the church. Having seen it defaced, I hope I—by God’s grace—will rightly reflect Christ’s love and humility. I hope I will always have elders surrounding me who do the same.”
3. Unless God Works, We Work in Vain: Stephen Witmer – Witmer says, “The bitter fruit of laziness, anxiety, and pride have crept into my life whenever I’ve gotten it wrong. And on the flip side, the beautiful fruit of a restful heart and selfless love has resulted from getting it right. This is no distant theoretical or theological discussion. It’s the difference between the full Christian life and spiritual stagnation.”
4. The Morning After the Election: Brad Watson – Watson says, “Today, for many we are invited to lament our way toward an understanding of the power and beauty of the gospel. For others, we are invited to break our idols in repentance. Still, to others, this is a day that demands we share the gospel life, gospel community, and gospel mission with people who are not like us. We can’t go back to our corners as the Church. We must press beyond dialogue and include each other in the essence of our lives.”
5. Why Difficulties in the Bible Are a Good Thing: Mark Ward – Ward notes, “The classic doctrine of the clarity of Scripture does not care to deny the difficulties in the Bible, any more than the apostle Peter did when he talked about the things ‘hard to understand’ in Paul’s scriptural writings. But God has loving purposes behind even those difficulties.”
Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He writes at matthewwmanry.com.