Key Connections (July 13, 2018)

What Is the Mystery of Marriage? (David Mathis, Desiring God)

God joined our first parents in the garden, and men and women ever since, to point us — oh so imperfectly but truly — to the kind of love and care his Son would give his people. And Jesus doesn’t break his promises to us because we’re still sinful and inconsistent. He doesn’t disown those who are genuinely his because we fail him.

Our Cross (Gabriel Williams, The Christward Collective)

…To bear the cross means to submit and humble ourselves under the trials God has prepared for us. Just as our Lord learned obedience through what He suffered (cf. Hebrews 5:7-8), God uses the same means to train His children.

Four Ways Every Member Can Strengthen Their Local Church (Shar Walker, Gospel-Centered Discipleship)

This means every believer in the local church is necessary for her flourishing. A congregation cannot be made up of only teachers or only encouragers. We need men and women that are wise, exhorters, discerning, and helpers to shape healthy churches. God has given you certain gifts of his Spirit so you can help strengthen your local church.

Divine Sovereignty (Steven Lawson, Ligonier Ministries)

The sovereignty of God is the free exercise of his supreme authority in executing and administrating his eternal purposes. God must be sovereign if he is to be truly God. A god who is not sovereign is not God at all… A god who is less than fully sovereign is not worthy of our worship, much less our witness.

When It Comes to Knowing God, Are You a Traveler, or Just an Observer? (Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspective Ministries)

On my bike rides I’ve been listening to the wonderful audio version of a book that deeply affected me when I was a young teenage Christian in the 1970s. It’s J. I. Packer’s classic, Knowing God… In an early chapter Packer says this:

What Jesus Christ Has Accomplished (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)

If you want to free the world from human trafficking and sexual abuse and racism, you have to free the human heart from selfishness, lust, and pride—which are at its root. Therefore, redeeming the world from suffering must include redeeming the heart from sin. Suffering will end when sin is defeated. That is why Jesus came into the world—to redeem us from our suffering and sin.

Eden Parker is follower of Jesus and a senior at Wheaton College, studying Christian Education. If you entered her day unawares, you would find her working editorial at UTB, having coffee with a friend, running, throwing a javelin, drawing, or hanging out with her four loving brothers. Eden writes at her website.

Date Posted: Jul 13th, 2018