Here are your key connections for the week!
10 Things You Should Know about the Garden of Eden (Nancy Guthrie, Crossway)
Nancy Guthrie offers a 10 helpful insights into the account of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. I promise you’ll learn a lot from this post, including why”Moses’ original readers would have recognized that something was lacking [in Adam and Eve’s nakedness” and why “Adam and Eve could have gained the knowledge of good and evil without eating from the forbidden tree.”
Grace Arrives When You Need It (John Piper, Desiring God)
A message excerpt in which Piper discusses the relationship between grace and work. Here’s a preview:
Grace is the key: the power of grace, moving into our lives, turning our resolves into hard work that’s free and joyful and satisfying and far from legalistic. Grace doesn’t produce legalism. It’s grace; it produces hard work. Christians aren’t lazy, because grace is powerful.
The Idol of Idolatry (Lore Ferguson Wilbert, The Village Church)
A remarkable post that puts words to an issue within the Christian life that maybe you’ve been mulling over in your own head. What does it mean to truly focus on God? Does a focus on eliminating our idols count? Wilbert says no. As a sidenote, Wilbert also reveals her favorite poem is a poem about laundry.
The Intentionally Welcoming Church (Nick Kennicott, The Christward Collective)
Nick Kennicott on the different between what we think hospitality means and all the implications of the command in the Bible. He also encourages pastors to engage with their congregation after a sermon, even if it means they have to suffer “a short, awkward conversation.”
Christ Will Be Glorified In You (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
The Bible tells us that we will be glorified in Christ, but it’s important to know also that Christ will be glorified in us. We see this idea above, and find the same statement again when Paul prays that “the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you” (1:12, NIV).