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  • Albert shared from Inerrancy and Worldview by Vern Sheridan 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
  • Albert shared from Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love by Jerry Bridges
    The apostle Paul combined these two elements of a God-ward motivation gratitude and reverence when he wrote to the Corinthian believers, "Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God" (2 Corinthians 7:1).Paul referred to the promises that God would be our God and Father and would make us His sons and daughters. Philip Hughes commented on this passage, "The logical consequence of possessing such promises is that Christ's followers should make a complete break with every form of...
    Note: Jerry Bridges on 2Corinthians 7:1 #fb
  • Albert shared from Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love by Jerry Bridges
    Let me clarify one thing, lest I be misunderstood. When I stress a God-ward motivation for our discipline and obedience, I am not talking about inclination or feeling. We are not to wait until we "feel like" having a quiet time to have one. And we certainly are not to wait until we are so inclined to obey God's commands. Motive has nothing to do with feelings or inclination; rather, it refers to the reason why we do, or don't do, something. For the person living by grace, that reason should be a loving response to the abundant grace of God already manifested in Christ.
    Note: The objective nature of "motive" #fb
  • Albert shared from Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love by Jerry Bridges
    iving by grace instead of by works means you are free from the performance treadmill. It means God has already given you an A when you deserved an F; He has already given you a full day's pay even though you may have worked only one hour. It means you don't have to perform certain spiritual disciplines to earn God's approval. Jesus Christ has already done that for you.You are loved and accepted by God through the merit of Jesus, and you are blessed by God through the merit of Jesus. Nothing you ever do will cause Him to love you any more or any less. He loves you strictly by His grace given to...
    Note: And THAT is why it's called, "good news"! #fb