Last week I started talking about the old and new covenant, about law and promise, and we are going to continue with that today. We talked about the purpose of the law and the sacrificial system, how it was temporary by design, and never meant to give us righteousness just like going to school isn’t meant to give you a brain. It was meant to position us for redemption and salvation in part by magnifying our sinfulness compared to Holy God. We are going to pick back up where we left off with at little review, then we will look briefly at Martin Luther and some historical build-up to the reformation (that we will be talking more about in the coming weeks). And then we will finish up by coming back around to the glorious wonder of the good news of the new covenant—the good news of better hope.Read more "A Better Hope Introduced (Part 2)"
Over the next two weeks I want to talk about the old and new covenant, about the law and the promise, what is different, and what is continuous though both covenants. Partly, to make clearer the purpose of the law and the priests and sacrifices, and to show that God hasn’t changed. And then next week, from that point we will get into a little bit of the history leading up to the reformation and hopefully bring some clarity to some of the errors of the church at the time and to show that, just like through redemptive history that spans old to new covenant in the Bible, God’s promise is sure and He will build His house.Read more "A Better Hope Introduced (Part 1)"
See Jesus. See the Rock that was tested and proved faithful, who provides living water where and when true rest seems impossible. See Jehovah the victorious banner that is lifted up to put your enemies down and to raise you up along side Him in glorious victory.Read more "Water and Rest – Exodus 17"
In Christ, your story will be one of death and division and resurrection and redemption and restoration—of fertility made barrenness to be made abundantly fruitful at last. It is a fruitfulness that will cost you absolutely everything, but when you do finally let go—step off the side of that cliff and desperately and hopefully pray “Geronimo. Amen.”—you can finally rest. Rest assured, that He is the Restorer of life, that your Redeemer has secured your inheritance, and God is King.Read more "Restorer of Life (Ruth 4)"
It’s my hope that as we grow up in our knowledge of Christ, Christ Fellowship Church will come to trust and to feel the sovereign kindness of God in all things—sweet and bitter. That from a firm hope in God, we would be a zealous and strategically righteous people who are completely reliant upon the grace and mercy of our Father.Read more "Strategic Righteousness (Ruth 3)"
Before, Naomi could only see the bitterness of God’s providence. But it is like putting a cake into the oven and about halfway through you finally start to smell the sweetness. Now it is so obvious, there is a sweet aroma in the air—a sweetness that is beginning to be realized. This is not a result of Naomi’s planning, this is truly a divine conspiracy.Read more "Divine Conspiracy (Ruth 2)"
As believers in Christ, the pattern of death then resurrection—darkness then light—is a familiar one, but it needs to be familiar in the right way. Hope must have roots in our bones, in order that we would be a people who do not forget God’s promise in the valley of shadows.Read more "Hope In Our Bones (Ruth 1)"