November 13, 2010
Mark Driscoll is a gifted teacher. I gleaned this from him recently.
In order to follow Christ with your whole life, Jesus MUST be your Priest, your Prophet and your King. He must be all 3. Nothing less. Let me explain what each of these things are:
- Priest - one that mediates between God and His people
- Prophet - one who speaks on behalf of God
- King - one who rules over
Most people are okay with Jesus being 1 out of 3 or even 2 out of 3, but there is great danger in this approach. Here's why:
If Jesus is just your Priest and your Prophet, you will be a "Christian" who knows all the right things to say and do, but will refuse to bow to the Lordship of Jesus in your life. (You are missing authority)
If Jesus is just your Priest and your King, you will miss out on a lot of the truth that God has for you and you will become very liberal in your theology. (You are missing truth)
If Jesus is just your Prophet and your King, you will become very legalistic and miss out on the grace of God. (You are missing grace)
Question: Does Jesus hold all three positions in your life? If not, which one are you missing?
November 10, 2010
November 4, 2010
Here is an interesting set of equations regarding the Spirit and the Word:
- The Word minus the Spirit = Dried Up
- The Spirit minus the Word = Puffed Up
- The Spirit plus the Word = Grow Up
When you have God's Word but are void of the Spirit, it will not nourish your soul... in fact, it will zap your zeal for the Lord. It will make your faith seem very dry.
When you have the Spirit but don't have the Word, you tend to rely on your feelings. You begin to think you have all the answers and neglect to seek God through His Scriptures. This could lead to arrogance and pride.
When you have both the Spirit and the Word, you grow in your faith. You humbly receive instruction for the Word and are controlled by the Holy Spirit.
November 1, 2010
- If Satan is real (which he is), then we are at war - Ephesians 6:12
- Satan is SMART and PATIENT
- Satan watches game film on you to find out where you are weak... and he will attack you there.
- We are called to resist Satan by: Memorizing Scripture (Ephesians 6:17), Recognizing that he is real (1 Peter 5:8), Having accountability partners (Hebrews 10:24-25) and Taking our thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).
- Jesus is stronger than Satan - 1 John 3:8