Three Things to Learn in Romans 8:35

Jonathan Parnell
Three Things to Learn in Romans 8:35

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (Romans 8:35)

Pastor John from 2002:

Notice three things in verse 35.

1. Christ is loving us now.

A wife might say of her deceased husband: Nothing will separate me from his love. She might mean that the memory of his love will be sweet and powerful all her life. But that is not what Paul means here. In Romans 8:34 it says plainly,... Continue Reading

Fill Your Mouth With Life, Not Death

Jon Bloom
Fill Your Mouth With Life, Not Death

A lot is at stake in what we say today. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).

In literate societies, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.

Words Cause Death

People die because of something said. Tongues can be weapons of mass destruction, launching holocausts and wars. Tongues can also be the death of marriages, families, friendships, churches, careers, hopes, understanding, reputations, missionary efforts, and governments.

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Don't Loiter in That Ditch

Jonathan Parnell
Don't Loiter in That Ditch

Henry Scougal:

It is true, religion in the souls of men is the immediate work of God, and all our natural endeavors can neither produce it alone, nor merit those supernatural aids by which it must be wrought: the Holy Ghost must come upon us, and the power of the Highest must overshadow us, before that holy thing can be begotten, and Christ be formed in us:

But yet we must not expect that this whole work should be done without any concurring endeavours of our own: we must not lie... Continue Reading

Do You Have a Godly Ambition?

Jonathan Parnell

In this three-minute video, Dave Harvey talks about church planting, missions, and how we overcome the unbiblical brand that all ambition is bad:

Dave Harvey, Jeff Vanderstelt, and Ed Stetzer will be speaking on church planting at our upcoming National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples."

For the reduced rate, register for the conference tonight before 11:59 PM (CDT).

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The Providence of God: Ten-Part Course from John Piper

Jonathan Parnell
The Providence of God: Ten-Part Course from John Piper

"Providence" is not a word we commonly use.

This is true today and it was true in 1995 when John Piper introduced a ten-part course at Bethlehem Baptist Church on "The Providence of God."

The ten messages were recorded on cassettes that we have recently discovered and converted to MP3s. Apart from some delays in pressing the "Record" button back in '95, the entire audio has been pieced together and is now available for free download.

Stream or download... Continue Reading

John Piper on the Gospel and Sanctification (Part 2)

Jonathan Parnell

Theology Refresh is a new podcast for pastors hosted by David Mathis, executive assistant to John Piper. The aim of the podcast is to sharpen and refresh spiritual leaders on key aspects of theology that are useful for everyday Christian ministry.

This 20-minute episode is the second part of a two-part discussion with John Piper on the gospel and sanctification, including the practical dynamics of how faith in the gospel relates to faith in God's future... Continue Reading

The Sufficiency of Jesus in Shameful Memories

John Knight
The Sufficiency of Jesus in Shameful Memories

I was returning to the place of my greatest single offense against God.

In 1995, in the Intensive Care Unit of Children’s Hospital, I took a look at my 3-month-old son and concluded that God was strong, cruel, capricious, wicked.

God has rescued me from those thoughts back when I didn't really know him. But last week, I was walking down the same hall in the same hospital knowing I would see my now 16-year-old son hooked up to monitors and probes.

And I was... Continue Reading

Our Local Church and God's Global Purpose

Louie Giglio
Our Local Church and God's Global Purpose

Given we are very much an embryonic community at Passion City Church, we're not in a position to say too much about “what we do” or “how we do it” when it comes to missions and the local church. So I thought I would just suggest the path we are seeking and let time unfold how well we do.

To do this, I’d love to simply come around the purpose statements that define who we are as Passion City Church. As the pastor of a new church plant, it was important to me (and our... Continue Reading

Getting the Accent Right: "Not of . . . But Sent Into"

David Mathis
Getting the Accent Right: "Not of . . . But Sent Into"

In. . . but not of” — are you familiar with this popular phrase? It captures a truth about Jesus’ followers. We are “in” this world, but not “of” it.

In. . . but not of.” Yes, yes, of course.

But might this pithy slogan give the wrong impression about our (co)mission in this world as Christians? You see, the motto seems to give the drift, We are in this world, alas, but we need to make sure that we’re not of it. In this scheme, the starting place is our... Continue Reading

Are You Frustrated with Your Local Church?

Jonathan Parnell
Are You Frustrated with Your Local Church?

By grace, Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is no great experience, no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith, and difficulty; if on the contrary, we only keep complaining to God that everything is so paltry and petty, so far from what we expected, then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow according to the measure and riches which are there for us all... Continue Reading