The Creekstone Youth Ministry has the same goal that we state for the church: "To glorify God by helping people (and youth!) come alive to the wonder of the gospel." In order to pursue this vision of gospel wakefulness and vitality among youth in our community, we are structuring our youth discipleship ministry with a two-pronged approach: 1) Invitational Evangelism … Continue reading Creekstone Youth Ministries – Spring 2012 (Begins Feb. 1)
This is the Creekstone message from Jan. 29, "Substantial Healing," from Romans 6:15-23.
"1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made … Continue reading Sing, Shout and Extol
Note that what Paul says here is in the present tense, not the past. He is describing his "now" need for the gospel, not his "then" need. This is so hopeful for a sinner like me. "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of … Continue reading A “Now” Need Rather Than a “Then” Need
In The Letters of Francis Schaeffer, he writes to a woman named Sharon: "Christianity is not a religion for the mentally healthy. Rather, ever since the Fall, none of us are totally mentally healthy, any more than any of us are totally physically well... Christianity is for weak people just as we are... We must … Continue reading Christianity is Not for the Mentally Healthy
In his classic book, True Spirituality, Dr. Francis Schaeffer describes the redemptive change that we can expect to take place in the life of a believer. He called this change "substantial healing," which covers all areas of life, including human identity, sexuality, relationships, etc. Most of us struggle to experience this substantial healing—and some have given … Continue reading Substantial Healing
What if there were a decision to be made that would affect every other decision you make today? There is. Find out more from this past Sunday's message from Romans 6:12-14, "The Daily Decision."
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THE DAILY DECISION... This Sunday we are going to discover that there is a daily decision that will affect every other decision that I make every day. What is this decision? Why do I struggle with it so badly? What difference would it make in my life and family if I could make it and … Continue reading The Daily Decision & the Latest Creekstone News (Upcoming Events)
This very well may be essential reading for every disciple of Jesus. I am reading it with great profit and blessing. It is easy to read, yet profound in its substance. Get it here, or by clicking on the image above.
via youtube.com This short video is a stunning apologetic for intelligent design. HT: Robin Howell
Why is the boy in the back row smiling so widely? Read the remarkable, inspiring story here. If we can make his story, our story, then I think you will find a life-changing gospel lesson in it for all of us that will make us smile just as wide.
Here is the audio and the notes for yesterday's Creekstone message. If you are a regular, then you know that what we are learning in Romans 6 is juicy red meat (or for you veggies, a massive salad). So, if you have missed a message or two, get caught up in one of two ways: … Continue reading “The Life Changing Power of Living Under Grace” • Romans 6:5-11, 14
At our monthly day of church planter training this past Tuesday, we were challenged to think of five things that only we, as pastor/planters, can do in our vocational context. The idea is that we are called to certain primary tasks, and that everything else should be delegated to others who are called to fulfill … Continue reading My Five Things
There are essentially two ways to live: under law or under grace. Look at the list below and (now be honest) decide which describes your life. I am living under law if: I despair of my failures or I'm proud of my success I focus on behavior rather than the heart - I need to look good If God … Continue reading The Two Ways to Live
In case you missed it, here is the sermon audio (including notes) from the message this past Sunday on Romans 5:20-6:4. Here we begin making a transition from understanding the grace-foundations of our justification to experiencing the grace-dynamics of our sanctification. So we are at a hinge in the letter of Romans—a hinge that will … Continue reading Sermon Audio and Notes • “The Inevitable Question” (Romans 5:20-6:4)
A note in The Reformation Study Bible on Romans 6:1-14 says, “So great was [Paul’s] emphasis on the freeness of God’s grace in the face of sin that his preaching had been accused of antinomian tendencies, or ignoring the ethical requirements of the law.” He knew that his preaching of grace would lead religous folks … Continue reading The Inevitable Question
I received this email today from a friend, Dave McCarty, who leads a ministry called Gospel Frienships. I found his counter-intuitive insights helpful. "When I'm discouraged by circumstances, I'm always confident of what's best for me and those I love. [It is when I lean on my] own understanding. My biggest need is not changed circumstances, … Continue reading Changed Circumstances vs. a Changed Heart
In my study today for Sunday's message, I came across a statement in The Reformation Study Bible that I found helpful for those of us entrusted with preaching and teaching. Concerning Romans 6:1-14, the study note says, “So great was [Paul’s] emphasis on the freeness of God’s grace in the face of sin that his … Continue reading Facing Charges
A friend of mine, Shawn Scheinoha, is in India producing a documentary to raise awareness of Indian orphans, but has become very, very ill. Will you consider praying for healing grace for him so that he can return home soon and safely. Here is a link to his project.