This is Not Enough

It is vitally important that we hold the truth of God’s infinite wisdom as a tenet of our creed; but this is not enough.  We must exercise by faith and by prayer bring it into the practical world of our day-to-day experience.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 50

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We Need to Recover Our Biblical Bearings

We are not Christians at prayer and pagans at work.  Our biblical convictions shape our approach to all questions of life.  Yet that is precisely why we need to evaluate those convictions.  We need to recover our biblical bearings.  If we mature in our theological convictions and assumptions about the nature of culture, we will begin to see that societies, like churches, are shaped over long periods and through all of the various callings that occupy us every day.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 159

Four Things in the Book of Acts About the Church that Amazed the Community

There are at least four things we find in the book of Acts about the church that “amazed” the community.  Each of these put the gospel on display.  Each of these will be present in a gospel-centered congregation.

  1. Love and unity in the church
  2. Generosity
  3. Joy in the midst of persecution
  4. Miraculous answer to prayer

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 229-

The Bottom Line Is This

The bottom line is this: We should never give up praying God’s power to break into our lives, but at the end of the day we rest on the love of God demonstrated at the cross, even if we can’t see how it is being manifested at the moment in our circumstances.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 186

What To Do in the Midst of Unasnwered Prayer

What do you do when you are asking for great things according to God’s compassion and you don’t seem to be getting an answer?

  • Keep asking.
  • Understand that God often accomplishes His good plan through our “unanswered prayers”
  • Never stop believing
  • Abide in Jesus

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 179-186

When Charles Spurgeon Prayed for Healing…

When Charles Spurgeon would pray for sick people in his congregation, he felt that [godly] tenderness.  He would often tear up, biographers would say, and say something like “God, I cannot bear to see my children suffer.  How can You bear to see Yours?  If I could help them, I would.  Won’t You show compassion here to Your child?”

Charles Spurgeon was no silly “name it and claim it” theologian.  He recognized that sometimes God says “no” to our prayers, because sometimes God has a better plan than physical healing at the moment.  But that did not keep him from sensing the tenderness of God for people as he prayed.  Spurgeon held up God’s goodness before God and released God’s power into a situation.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 170-171

More Questions to Ponder…

More questions to ponder:

  • Do you pray with a sense of God’s great love for those for whom you were praying?
  • What would your prayers look like if you believed that the cross really was the measure of God’s compassion for someone else?

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 170