Conversion in Theological Perspective
The most important thing about doctrine is not whether it’s ugly or beautiful, but false or true. That said, the true doctrine of Christian conversion is just plain beautiful.
How have Christians in different periods understood conversion and, more specifically, the means of conversion?
The history of Israel reveals that the new creation and the new exodus would not be enjoyed apart from the forgiveness of sins and a circumcised heart.
Conversion is foundational and fundamental to the story, since only those who are converted will enjoy the new creation.
It is not enough to tip our hat to Jesus; we must experience God’s sovereign and gracious work in our lives . . . to repent and believe the gospel.
The corporate element of conversion must not come first, lest we lose the whole thing. But it must come.
I commend it to all present and aspiring church leaders, and to any Christian who likes to ask, “How did we get here?”
Conversion in Pastoral Perspective
Despite our building woes, the Holy Spirit had been at work converting people through that gospel ministry. We hadn’t built it, yet they had come.
What is your task? It’s reminding them that they are Christians.
When we begin to deliberately blur the line, we confuse Christians about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the first place.
Christianity is often seen as either “grandmom’s religion” or something for drug addicts and the incarcerated when they hit rock bottom.
What were the human means and instruments of your conversion?
Don’t preach moralism. Ever. Preach the gospel every week. And then, with the indicatives of the gospel firmly in place, preach the imperatives that necessarily follow.
What does it mean to be born again? What difference does it make for an individual Christian? For a church?
Miscellaneous Book Reviews
Book Review: Gospel Clarity: Challenging the New Perspective on Paul, by Ligon Duncan and William B. BarcleyReview by Nicholas Piotrowski | 9Marks Journal: The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion | 02.29.2012
Barcley and Duncan’s work is a valuable contribution to the debate on Paul and the New Perspective.
Do you want to interpret the Bible rightly? Comprehend justification? Understand what parts of the law do apply to your life? Then you need to understand the law.
How Sermon’s Work is slender enough to be used by the untrained and provocative enough to stimulate healthy discussion among more experienced preachers.
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