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  • Albert shared from Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved by J.D. Greear
    Salvation is not a prayer you pray in a one-time ceremony and then move on from; salvation is a posture of repentance and faith that you begin in a moment and maintain for the rest of your life.
    Note: What is salvation? #fb
  • Albert shared from Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved by J.D. Greear
    J.D. Greear makes it clear that he has no objection to anyone receiving the Lord since the Bible clearly says, “To them that receive Him, to them gave He the authority to become the sons of God.” In fact, while I might disagree with some interpretations here or there, I found this book thoroughly biblical. The title itself is not meant to prevent anyone from calling on the Lord. It is rather a genuine admonition for everyone to seek and trust the Lord Jesus.
    Note: "Receiving" Jesus is not the problem. #fb
  • Albert shared from Inerrancy and Worldview: Answering Modern Challenges to the Bible by Vern S. Poythress
    Some of the thinking about religion makes a mistake right here. If, in our thinking, God or religion becomes like an apple, we are in charge and we do our own investigating in whatever way we please. On the other hand, if God is a person, and in fact a person infinitely greater than we, it is up to him how he chooses to meet us. Until we get to know him, we cannot say whether he makes himself known in all religions equally, or in none of them, or in one particular way that fits his character.
    Note: A person reveals themselves to others on their own terms. Same with God.
  • Albert shared from Inerrancy and Worldview: Answering Modern Challenges to the Bible by Vern S. Poythress
    People come to the Bible with expectations that do not fit the Bible, and this clash becomes one main reason, though not the only one, why people do not find the Bible’s claims acceptable.
    Note: Baulking at the bible? #fb
  • Albert shared from The Masculine Mandate: God's Calling to Men by Richard D. Phillips
    This biblical mandate to work-here with the emphasis on cultivating and tending-explodes a great misconception regarding gender roles. We have been taught that women are the main nurturers, while men are to be "strong and silent." But the Bible calls men to be cultivators, and that includes a significant emphasis on tending the hearts of those given into our charge.A husband is called to nurture his wife emotionally and spiritually. This is not a side show to his calling as a husband but is fundamental and central to his masculine calling in marriage. Likewise, a father is called to be intentional...
    Note: A Genesis worldview of masculinity embraces the counter cultural view that nurture is an essential element of what it means to be a man.
  • Albert shared from Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love by Jerry Bridges
    We must not seek to bind the consciences of other believers with the private convictions that arise out of our personal walk with God. Even if you believe God has led you in developingthose convictions, you still must not elevate them to the level of spiritual principles for everyone else to follow. The respected Puritan theologian John Owen taught that "only what God has commanded in his word should be regarded as binding; in all else there may be liberty of actions."3 If we are going to enjoy the freedom we have in Christ, we must be alert to convictions that fall into the category of differing...
    Note: More from Bridges on going beyond scripture... #fb
  • Albert shared from Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love by Jerry Bridges
    As Christians we can't seem to accept the clear biblical teaching in Romans 14 that God allows equally godly people to have differing opinions on certain matters. We universalize what we think is God's particular leading in our lives and apply it to everyone else.
    Note: Don't go beyond what is written. #fb
  • Albert shared from Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love by Jerry Bridges
    Despite God's call to be free and His earnest admonition to resist all efforts to curtail it, there is very little emphasis in Christian circles today on the importance of Christian freedom. Just the opposite seems to be true. Instead of promoting freedom, we stress our rules of conformity. Instead of preaching living by grace, we preach living by performance. Instead of encouraging new believers to be conformed to Christ, we subtly insist that they be conformed to our particular style of Christian culture. We don't intend to do this and would earnestly deny we are. Yet that's the "bottom line"...
    Note: Christian sub-cultures: the new Judiasers. #fb
  • Albert shared from Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love by Jerry Bridges
    But human morality and submission to God's law are entirely different in principle, though they may appear to be similar in outward appearance. Human morality arises out of culture and family training and is based on what is proper and expected in the society we live in. It has nothing to do with God except to the extent that godly people have influenced that society. Submission to God's law arises out of a love for God and a grateful response to His grace and is based on a delight in His law as revealed in Scripture. When the societal standard of morality varies from the law of God written in...
    Note: Distinguishing between morality & Christianity. #fb
  • Albert shared from Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love by Jerry Bridges
    Holiness should be an objective for your daily life. But to live by grace, you must never, never look to the work of the Holy Spirit in you as the basis for your relationship with God. You must always look outside of yourself to Christ. You will never be holy enough through your own efforts to come before God. You are holy only through Christ.
    Note: The difference between positional & progressive holiness. #fb