Q4/Q5/Q6 from JW

February 29, 2008

Three for the price of one today.
 

“Can I be trusted?”

“Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?” 

 “Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying? 

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Q3 from JW

February 28, 2008

Again, these are questions that John Wesley asked himself each day in his private devotions.

Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?”  

Q2 from John Wesley

February 27, 2008

“Am I honest in all my acts or words, or do I exaggerate?”

Q1 from John Wesley

February 26, 2008

The next 22 posts will be from the Holy Club of Oxford in John Wesley’s day 200 years ago.  The Holy Club members asked themselves these questions each day in their private devotions.

Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am a better man than I really am?  In other words, am I a hypocrite?” 

I hope to imitate their devotion to spending time with God and honestly asking myself these questions, similar to the disciples, who were devoted to “prayer and to the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:4).

Hell

February 21, 2008

I would like to say that the doctrine of final judgment provides us with a greater motive for evangelism. Yes, final judgment satisfies our inward sense of a need for justice in the world, for God is in control and shows no partiality, but in the end Christ our Saviour is our Judge. We must also realize that God punishes evil and triumphs over it, and the glory of His justice, righteousness, and power to triumph over all opposition will be seen. The depth of the riches of God’s mercy will also then be revealed, for all redeemed sinners will recognize God’s grace through Jesus Christ.

What are we to think of this doctrine? It is hard–and it should be hard–for us to think of this doctrine today. Paul even has a hard time by saying, “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart” (Rom. 9:2).  

“The reason it is hard for us to think of the doctrine of hell is because God has put in our hearts a portion of His own love for people created in His image, even His love for sinners who rebel against Him. As long as we are in this life, and as long as we see and think about others who need to hear the gospel and trust in Christ for salvation, it should cause us great distress and agony of spirit to think about eternal punishment,” one person puts it.

Grudem concludes, “In this present age, however, we should only approach such a celebration of the justice of God in the punishment of evil when we meditate on the eternal punishment given to Satan and his demons. When we think of them we do not instinctively love them, though they too were created by God. But now they are fully devoted to evil and beyond the potential of redemption. So we cannot long for their salvation as we long for the redemption of all humanity. We must believe that eternal punishment is true and just, yet we should also long that even those people who most severely persecute the church should come to faith in Christ and thus escape eternal punishment.”  

Does the contemplation of this future judgment affect the way you think of your fellowship with each other as brothers and sisters in Christ today?

Are you glad that there will be a final judgment of both believers and non-believers? Does it make you feel a sense of God’s justice, or do you sense some unfairness and injustice in the whole idea? 

Christ, My Saviour

February 19, 2008

“Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy.”  

This quote was taken from The Valley of Vision and the rest of this is extraordinary, so take the time this week to meditate on Christ in this and in the Scriptures and post a comment, post your gratitude, post your questions.  

“Christ was cast off that I might be brought in,     

trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend,

surrendered to hell’s worst that I might attain heaven’s best,   

stripped that I might be clothed,

wounded that I might be healed, 

athirst that I might drink,

tormented that I might be conformed, made a shame that I might inherit glory.”    

Heaven

February 11, 2008

Some have been thinking about what will heaven look like and be like, so I decided to comment on it.  

 

Has watching LOST motivated you to ask this question or has it been something that you’ve been reading in the Bible that spurred this?

 

Well, heaven is defined as “the place where God most fully makes known his presence to bless.  It is in heaven where God most fully reveals his glory, and where angels, other heavenly creatures,  and redeemed saints all worship him” (Systematic Theology, Grudem). 

 

When you or I speak of heaven, we usually think of a place where God dwells and we, as believers in Christ, will be one day when we are called from this earthly place.  But, it’s a place of already. 

 

I believe heaven will be in a sense a better bookend then creation.  There, we will be united with our Triune Godhead.  There, we will have our glorified bodies.  There, we will worshipping our God and King.  It’ll be like the beginning of human history, but without the fall and the results of the fall.  It’ll be a re-creation. 

 

What will it ALL look like?  Well, it is hard to know with our feeble and finite minds, but God does give a glimpse of it in Genesis and in the end of Revelation and throughout the Scriptures.  But, we know that our faith shall become sight and a God that has been faithful to all generations will (and has already) come through for us, well, more for Himself, for all of this is for His glory and our good.  

These questions are taken from Donald Whitney’s article and so I thought I’d pass them along to you. 

Are you more like Jesus than you were a year ago?

1.  Are you more thirsty for God than ever before?

2.  Are you more and more loving?

3.  Are you more sensitive to and aware of God than ever before?

4.  Are you governed more and more by God’s Word?

5.  Are you concerned more and more with the physical and spiritual needs of others?

6.  Are you more and more concerned with the Church and the Kingdom of God?

7.  Are the disciplines of the Christian life more and more important to you?

8.  Are you more and more aware of your sin?

9.  Are you more and more willing to forgive others?

10.  Are you thinking more and more of heaven and of being with the Lord Jesus?

 You can read more of the article at http://www.navpress.com/EPubs/

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