What is the “obedience” gospel?

16 11 2017

As a Christian do you know that there are two versions of the gospel or the good news? One says that while we have been saved we must live in obedience to Christ; we need to fulfill the commands of Christ. If you love me you will do what I command.., Jn 14:15, is a key verse of the obedience gospel.

The other gospel says that we are not only saved by Christ, we are now living as Christ. We obey naturally because we are one with the Spirit of Christ. Christ is living His life through us. His love has been poured out in our hearts (Rom.5:5) so we fulfill His commands as we live out His love. Read the rest of this entry »





Was Jesus just a “saver”

9 12 2018

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For there is born to you this day…a savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

The most common understanding of the Christmas story is that Jesus came to be our “saver”, one who would rescue us from going to hell instead of heaven. But the idea that we have been rescued for heaven is largely a man made concept. The real reason Jesus came into the world was not to be a “ticket to heaven” but to be our “reconciler”, to rescue us back to the Father, to our original union with God (2 Cor. 5.18-21).

To reconcile something means to make it harmonious or compatible to something else (Web definition). God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (v.19), not to a place, but to a Person. We are reunited to a harmonious life with the Person of God Himself.

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Are you believing in another gospel?

29 09 2018

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One of the most subtle delusions of modern Christianity is the belief in “another gospel”. Paul was so emphatic about the intrusion of this deception into the 1st century churches of Galatia that he repeated his warning twice with strong words, “If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” (Gal. 1:8,9 NIV).

What is the “other gospel”? Most teachers will tell you that obviously Paul was referring to those Jewish believers who, while acknowledging the sacrifice of Christ still felt the necessity of keeping the old covenant law. To our modern understanding this is absurd. Christ fulfilled the law, so, of course, Christians don’t practice the law any longer. So, the “other gospel” is no longer relevant today.

Really?

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Who are you?

29 03 2016

Who are you?

v1.bjsxMDQ2OTQ2O2o7MTY5NTM7MjA0ODs1NzYwOzM4NDAIn the recent feature film “Young Messiah” a befuddled Roman centurion asks the young boy Jesus, “Who are you?” The centurion is on a mission to find the child born to be the Messiah.

Have you ever had someone ask you that question? Likely not since this is customarily not how we greet or address each other. We normally ask “How are you?” rather than “Who are you?”.

But, what would you say if someone were to ask you this question? Read the rest of this entry »





Do I love God enough?

9 02 2016

errand-clipart-RcARBqXcLAs a Christian man I made every effort to obey the command to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.”(Matt 22:37). But there was always the nagging question, “Am I loving Him enough ?” Then, there are Christian authors I read who compounded the question by suggesting that my love for God is the secret to a fulfilled life. Was I missing that “fulfilled or blessed” life as well?

Thankfully, here’s what I have discovered:

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The Seven Needs of Men #4

19 07 2015

The 23rd Psalm is perhaps the most commonly recited Biblical passage by people in and outside of the Christian community. It is a comforting picture of the providence of God, but it is also a description of man’s essential needs. Here are those needs expressed in the context of ministering to men. (see previous posts, Category: Men Today)

No. 4 – Men need to know the right life. Ps. 23:3b

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When the Psalmist wrote that “He leads me in the paths of righteousness..” he was affirming that God would guide him to always be on the right path. As long as he stayed on that path God would be pleased. That was the pattern for those who lived under the “old covenant” (Old Testament). Being right with God meant obedience to the right way (the Law).

Thankfully, that old way of trying to be right has been superseded with God’s better plan, the “new covenant” (New Testament). Read the rest of this entry »





What is discipleship?

1 03 2012

What is discipleship all about? It’s teaching men to “obey” Jesus. 1 John 2:3

How do we know if someone is a true disciple? It’s not what he knows but what he does. The Great Commission was not teach them to know but to obey.

How does a disciple learn to obey? By first knowing that he is loved. Love produces obedience.  John 14:15; 1 John 4:10.  The proof of being a true disciple is that we love each other. John 13:35

“…this Father doesn’t just seek our obedience, He desires our affection. He can have your obedience without your love, but He knows where He has your love He will also have your obedience.” Jacobsen, p.79, He Loves Me

What should we be teaching our men? The purpose of biblical instruction is not to make people wiser in God’s word, but to mature them in His love. It’s instruction in heart and mind purity and authentic faith so that God’s love can flow through them. The gauge of true discipleship is in how loving a person becomes.  1 Tim.1:5.

As we come to understand how much we are loved we are transformed.

“For God to transform us to be like Him, He must expel our fear and teach us the wonder of living in His love. Jacobsen, Ibid.

Let’s teach men to know they are loved then they will become devoted followers of Jesus.

Dennis D








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