Key Connections (July 6, 2018)

How to Make a Mature Disciple (John Piper, Desiring God)

God inspired a book — not a video. He inspired a book, and the book is made up of sentences, and paragraphs, and words, and they’re connected in certain ways so that they have meaning, from God Almighty, into the brains of human beings. He could have done it another way, but he did it this way. We’re stuck with having to teach our kids to read.

Student Ministry Isn’t Second-Tier Ministry (Adam Griffin, The Village Church)

When we stand before God, we will be just as accountable for our teenage years as our adult ones, and we are called to pastor teenagers like we believe that’s true. Student ministry isn’t just shepherding the future of the Church; it’s shepherding the Church today.

What Expository Preaching Is Not (H.B. Charles, hbcharlesjr.com)

Expository preaching aims to teach, convert, and renew the mind…It should be a sin to bore people with the gospel! Faithful preaching should be faithful, clear, and passionate. Expositors are heralds who persuade, not journalists who report. We should preach like satisfied customers, not paid advertisers.

When Failure Saves and Success Destroys (Tim Challies, Challies.com)

God’s care for us may be better expressed in allowing us to fail than permitting us to succeed. That’s because we’re often better at handling failure than success. Failure has a way of bringing us to the end of ourselves, of causing us to rely even more on the Lord.

Do Your Hermeneutics Hold to Sola Scriptura? (Abner Chou, The Master’s Seminary)

The Bible is not some platform from which we can pontificate our own theology and advice. Its assertions are also not that which we can shrug off and ignore. It doesn’t have to live up to our reason or sensibilities.

What Is Freedom? How Do We Become Free? ( Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)

“Anyone who sins.” That’s all of us. By nature, “All of us are slaves to sin.” Our Lord is not saying that sinning makes you a slave. He is saying that your slavery makes you sin. Our sinning is the evidence of our slavery and it is universal. By nature, we are not as free as we think we are.

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 6th, 2018