This is message #3 in our series, Who Am I: Personal Identity in View of the Gospel. If you are like me, you tend to live as a functional spiritual orphan. This sermon is intended to provide us with a new way to live - as objects of the Father's present and eternal affection. After … Continue reading “From Orphanhood to Adoption” (Romans 8:15-18)
Thanks to my friend, Dr. Johnny Long, for this super-helpful resource.
A blog post by Dr. Ed Welch says that fighting sin is tiring. It is hard. Exhausting. And he is right, because any fight is going to drain physical and psychological resources. So, some encouragement. If you are fighting sin (not in light of the law, but in light of the gospel), and have been … Continue reading Fatigued from the Fight?
What do I do when life feels overwhelming and out of control? How about stop trying to play Atlas, and start crying out, "Abba, Father." It's what a child does. And the Father loves for us to come to him in our need. So let's review: 1. I can't bear the weight of the world, … Continue reading Stop Trying to Play Atlas
Johnny serves as World Harvest Mission’s Cross-Cultural Renewal and Leadership Development Specialist and has served in East and West Africa, Madagascar, the UK, and has taught recently in Chile, Spain and the Ivory Coast. In addition to him and his wife, Becky, being Creekstone supported international missionaries, Johnny has been one of the primary influences … Continue reading An Interview with Dr. Johnny Long on Living as Sons and Daughters of God
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Here is the sermon audio from Sunday, March 4.
Here is the "assignment" mentioned in this week's Creekstone message on Romans 7:7-25, "The War Within." Remember, this assignment is not intended to make you a self-righteous Pharisee (we don't need any help with that!), but a tender-hearted lover of Jesus. It would make us more mindful of our weakness and need for grace. The … Continue reading The Sonship Tongue Assignment
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.
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Dr. Dan Allender, noted Christian psychologist and author says, “Growth never feels like maturity. If you think you’re mature, you’re not. If you think you’re not, you may be, but you’ll be the last one to know. Growth feels like death. Are you thirsty? Thirst will produce sanctification. The Pharisees were not thirsty; they had no needs. The Publican … Continue reading The Paradox of Christian Growth
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This morning in our Sonship phone discipleship hour, our discipler had us read two paragraphs from the Sonship manual in light of las week's "Tongue Assignment." Here is the first of the paragraphs. Read it. Weep. Repent. And believe the gospel afresh! "Our tongues... show us how spiritually proud and self-righteous we are. For example, … Continue reading What Sins of the Tongue Reveal
Kristy and I had our first phone appointment yesterday with our Sonship discipler, Stu Batstone. One big take-away from our time is that this 8 month Sonship course should be considered an "inductive heart study." We are to examine the underlying motives of what we do, say and feel, understanding in what ways we are … Continue reading The Infamous Sonship Tongue Assignment
Fight Club ’09 Round 4 • Galatians 4:3-7 / “Adoption: From Slavery to Sonship” 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, … Continue reading Fight Club Notes on Galatians 4:3-7 • From Slavery to Sonship
Each month I attend the North Georgia New Church Network, a group of church planters and church planting coaches who meet to consult with, pray for and equip each other as missionaries to our small part of the world. During our prayer time at our last meeting, we were challenged to confess a particular fear … Continue reading The Freedom to Fail