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The Reformers on Baptism

We need to reclaim the language of the Reformers, who often spoke of “looking back” to their baptism as a way of strengthening their faith and dispersing their doubts. Martin Luther once said, “The only way to drive away the Devil is through faith in Christ, by saying: ‘I am a child of God, I am baptized, I believe in Jesus Christ crucified for me.”

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Jonathan Cruse
The Reformation and the Church

Reformers argued that the church’s role was not magesterial but ministerial. The church wasn’t meant to lord authority over the Christian people, but rather come alongside them and support them in life through ministering the Word of God.

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Doubts

We can think that our sins or even our doubts have lost us favor with God. We want to be saved, but we're just not good enough for it. Friends: there is no such thing as wanting to be saved and not being saved.

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A Human Savior

Perhaps we have so fantasized and mythologized the life of Christ that we forget this fact. When we think of Jesus we think of halos and clouds and beams of light. No—Christ was a human just like you and me.  He had skin, hair, fingernails.  His voice changed, he grew out of his clothes, he would get hungry, thirsty. That “just five more minutes” feeling we get in the morning—Jesus knew all of that. 

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Only Christ

The difference between authentic Christianity and some perversion of it is that the perversion will have the handprints of man all over it, authentic Christianity will only have the handprints of Christ. Real Christianity is only Christ.

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Sovereign and Good

But in all of God’s sovereignty is actually the proof of His goodness. He does what is good for His people and for His glory. A sovereign God who is not good is a terror. A good God who is not sovereign is an idol.

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What Is the Lord's Supper? Part IX

This is a meal that is not set for the world. It is a meal for God’s people, for those who are in Christ. Our sinful habits and behaviors can often overwhelm and discourage us to the point where we think we don’t have a seat at the Table. But ask yourself this: is Christ in me? Am I in Him by faith? If so, no matter what sin you are struggling with, then there's an open invitation.

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In All Your Ways...

When a Christian leaves home in the morning, he must remember he is at Christ's disposal; he is not to do as he pleases, but to be guided by rule, and for God's glory--not only in his duties or immediate conversation with God, but in his sports, business, and recreations.

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God Loves the Cheerful Giver

Let your contentment come from “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). Imagine how lifeless Paul’s command to give from the heart would be if Christ were not in our hearts by His Spirit. But since Christ fills us, cheerful giving must flow out.

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God Loves the Purposeful Giver

God gives to us so that we would give back to Him, by His grace, an abundance of what we first received. We do this by investing our gifts into people, places, and things that will yield an increase for Christ’s kingdom on earth. This cannot happen by carelessly tossing a few dollars into the offering plate every so often. The use of God’s resources requires more diligence than that.

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God Loves the Generous Giver

Our giving reflects our understanding of the gospel. Knowing how generously God has given to us in the gospel will loosen our hold on our finances and let them flow freely into things that are of lasting value.

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Lean on Me

To lean on something is to receive support from its steadiness when we are weak and wobbly. This is an external picture of what it means to trust inwardly with our hearts. When we trust in God, we lean our failing and faint hearts up against His and therefore are established.

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By This We Know Love

Brothers and sisters, if you want to know what love is look to the cross. See your Savior graciously giving his life for you. See him dying a death that should have been yours to die. See him bearing a punishment that should have been yours to bear. That is what John would have us do – look to Jesus: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us.”

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