Here are 5 key passages from recent Christian content around the web, including one on spiritual benefits of singing and another on finding union with Christ when you aren’t fitting in with others.
3 Spiritual Benefits of Singing in Church (Daniel Darling, Core Christianity)
When I’m enduring a trial, I always go back to the lyric, “When darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds, within the vale.”
Our singing matters, which is why the Bible is full of rich examples and powerful instruction to the people of God to not only recite and read and study God’s truth but to sing it, over and over again, to each other.
Union with Christ When You Don’t Fit In (Heather Nelson, Crossway)
In order to be in safe, secure relationships within safe and secure communities and churches, someone has to go first. Someone has to take the risk, the plunge, into vulnerability. It’s the only hope of connection. I cannot empathize with pain that I do not know about—that you have hidden from me or others. One troubling aspect of the modern-day church in America is that there are few people who are brave and courageous enough to risk going first.
The Bible is More Than the Sum of Its Books (Mark S. Gignilliat, Christianity Today)
If God is the author of Scripture, then its choir of voices, litany of outlooks, and variety of genres are a singular, even if complex, witness to God’s incredibly gracious act of speaking to his people: not just then but now.
How to Apply the Gospel to Kill Your Sin (Jen Oshman, GCD)
Like the Galatians, we have to stop looking inside ourselves for the power to change and instead, go back to the gospel, the only source of lasting change. The gospel is the only information powerful enough to change the human heart and break our patterns of sin, even those besetting sins we can’t seem to shake.
Why Do Christians Worship Jesus? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
Verse 18 is the conclusion of the entire introduction to John’s Gospel, which explains why Christians worship Jesus. These verses give us a seven-fold description of the unique glory of Jesus Christ: He is the eternal, personal, divine, creating, life-giving, incarnate Son of God.