As I was reading this morning, I came across the following account of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem the week during which He would make atonement for the sins of His people through His death and resurrection. More
I am thankful that I live in the United States of America, a land of prosperity and freedom. I am fully aware that the freedoms we enjoy here have come at an extremely high price. That price is the life-blood of many soldiers who, in various wars and conflicts, have carried the battle to the enemy in order to keep us safe here.
Veteran’s Day is a time that we have set aside to remember with grateful hearts those who have given all to preserve and protect our freedom. We are also mindful of those whose lives are daily on the line as they track down the enemy elsewhere so the enemy can’t come here. The words ‘thank you’ seem terribly insufficient, but it’s all I have so, thank you.
However, there is another group of freedom fighters that is often overlooked. More
One of our most firmly held and diligently taught fundamentals at To Every Tribe’s Center for Pioneer Church Planting (CPCP) is our belief in the doctrines of grace. These doctrines are often referred to by the nickname “Calvinism.” We believe that this system of theological understanding is thoroughly consistent with Scripture and that it exalts our sovereign Lord while it puts man face down before His majesty in repentance and utter dependence on His grace. Since the CPCP is a training program for missionaries, this might be surprising to some. The surprise stems from the fact that many have been led to believe that Calvinism is inconsistent with evangelism and, by extension, mission work. Nothing could be further from the truth! I am aware that there are some who have miss-applied the doctrines of grace and allowed flawed thinking to make them “hyper-Calvinists.” These are the misguided thinkers who do not see the need for evangelizing the lost. However a truth-loving, honest Calvinist cannot help but obey the great commission!
Here are five reasons why I believe that a right understanding of the doctrines of grace is not inconsistent with missions. More
Have you ever heard this said about a professing Christian? ”He doesn’t practice what he preaches.” I suppose we all have been accused of that at one time or another. The thing that is so troubling about this particular accusation is that it’s true! We may be accused of a thousand and one things that are completely untrue. However, this is not one of them. We really don’t always practice what we preach. The Bible that we preach is a revelation of a perfect God in whom is “no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). The effects of the fall have left us incapable (in this life at least) of perfect obedience to the high precepts and unreachable demands of Holy Scripture. Our problem in this regard is that although our fallen natures have not been eradicated by the new birth, we are nevertheless sent to the nations to declare glorious truths and lofty concepts. And since there is little or no impediment to our talking better than we live, we become guilty as charged. More