“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him” Romans 12:1 (The Message).
The landscape of modern evangelicalism is riddled with curious ideas of faith. One of the most prevalent is the idea of “extraordinary” faith.
This past Sunday during our morning worship service, we had a guest speaker in the pulpit. His name was Steve Marshall, and he was a French church planter who was in the U.S. for a brief period of time to follow up with his supporters.
Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.
To live is to suffer. To survive is to find some meaning in the midst of the suffering.
“The fruit of the Spirit is not a coconut”. Lyrics from a children’s worship song about spiritual fruit are the first thing that came to mind when I began considering this topic.
“For who even of slight intelligence does not understand that, as nurses commonly do with infants, God is wont in measure to ‘lisp’ in speaking to us? Thus such forms of speaking do not so much express clearly what God is like as accommodate the knowledge of him to our slight capacity. To do this he must descend far beneath his loftiness” (Calvin, Institutes, Book 1, Chapter 13, Section 1).
Have you ever picked up your Bible, turned to a passage in the Old Testament and wondered, “How does this connect with me?” or “Why do I need to read this, can’t I just read the New Testament and get everything I need?”. If you have, you’re not alone.