MCKAYCASTON.com exits to help people live all of life in view of the cross.
“If you abide in me, I will abide in you, and you will produce much fruit. But apart from me, you can do nothing.” – Jesus
In John 15, Jesus compares the believer’s relationship with God to a branch that receives life from a vine, a fitting metaphor of how personal change takes place. Change does not take place through greater willpower, determination, promises, and human resolve. Change is the result of a vital union whereby a believer abides in Jesus by faith as his or her sin-bearer, righteousness provider, sustainer, and sanctifier.
As we abide in the justifying grace of Jesus we receive the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit, who gives us new desires and new abilities to produce good fruit. This good fruit is the result of the Spirit’s work in the life of the believer. As we say, the fruit depends on the root.
Therefore, faith-union with Christ as one’s justifier and sanctifier is the key to change and provides the theological foundation and spiritual fuel for all the resources available at mckaycaston.com.
This is why our mission is to help Christians come alive to the wonder of the gospel by living all of life in union with Jesus. When we come alive to the beauty and power of grace, everything changes. How I view God and myself. How I engage with the world. How I treat my wife and kids. How I face loss, defeat, and suffering. How I deal with victory and success, too. Grace changes everything.
By the way, the concept of sanctification by grace through gospel faith is no new doctrine.
Francis Schaeffer, the late 20th-century Christian philosopher, theologian and apologist wrote,
I became a Christian once for all upon the basis of the finished work of Christ through faith; that is justification. The Christian life, sanctification, operates on the same basis, but moment by moment. There is the same base (Christ’s work) and the same instrument (faith); the only difference is that one is once for all and the other is moment by moment…If we try to live the Christian life in our own strength we will have sorrow, but if we live in this way, we will not only serve the Lord, but in place of sorrow, He will be our song. That is the difference. The ‘how’ of the Christian life is the power of the crucified and risen Lord, through the agency of the indwelling Holy Spirit, by faith moment by moment.
Tim Keller, Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, agrees, saying,
Belief in the gospel is not just the way to enter the kingdom of God; it is the way to address every obstacle and grow in every aspect. The gospel is not just the “ABCs” but the “A-to-Z” of the Christian life.
Octavius Winslow, a renown English preacher of the 19th century, contributes his perspective as he writes,
It is by simple, close, and searching views of the cross of Christ that the Spirit most effectually sanctifies the believer. This is the true and great method of gospel sanctification… The Spirit especially and effectually sanctifies by unfolding the cross of Jesus.
Our prayer is that through this writing and speaking ministry you will come alive more and more to the wonder of the gospel as you learn to live all of life in union with Christ.
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“Christ died for the ungodly.” The Apostle Paul, Romans 5:6b In his wonderful little book, All of Grace, Charles Spurgeon tells this moving story (pp. 18-19 in the Whitaker House version). “Do not attempt to touch yourself up and make yourself something other than what you really are. Come as you are to Him who justifies … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Dress Up for Jesus
McKay Caston (B.A., M.Div., D.Min., Ph.D.) is a pastor, writer, and speaker whose passion is to help people live all of life in view of the cross.
Over the past twenty-five years, some of the most popular topics he has addressed concern the believer’s identity in Christ, the centrality of grace, what it means to embrace the love of God and live in view of the sovereignty of God, as well as the practical significance of the gospel for marriage and parenting.
Having served churches in Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia since 1993, McKay ministers as Founding and Lead Pastor for Creekstone Church in Dahlonega, GA, and teaches theology, homiletics, and Greek in his role on the faculty of Metro Atlanta Seminary. He and his wife, Kristy, have three children, 22, 20 and 14.
When not preparing weekly sermons for Creekstone, writing, or spending time with his family or folks in the church, he enjoys exploring the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia.