I cannot imagine a better biblical illustration of what it means to live an overcoming life than the incident recorded for us in Matt. 14:22-33. It is the familiar account of Peter attempting to walk on water to Jesus. It was all set up by Jesus Himself. There are three different types of walking that we see here. First of all we simply see, The Walk OF Jesus (Matt. 14:22-26). Jesus comes to seek and to save. Observe how Jesus walks and the effects of it.
God wanting to walk with man is as old as Eden … Read more
Not Adding to Repentance
To add something additional to the definition of repent, making repentance more than a turning to Christ for salvation from sin and hell, is to confuse the gospel. Jesus preached in Luke 13:3, “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Is this repentance more than a turning to Christ for salvation from sin and hell? It cannot be or salvation would be by works. But salvation is not by works (Eph. 2:8–9; Gal. 3:10–11; Titus 3:5). Therefore, repent must mean a turning to Christ for salvation from sin and judgment. Sin is the problem, … Read more
When I was a kid playing sports on various teams there was one experience in every game that I simply hated. It was when someone replaced me on the field. Substitutes in a game meant that I wasn’t doing my job right; I wasn’t playing the position correctly and usually the coach wanted to communicate that to me by putting in a substitute to take my place. I never enjoyed “subs” coming in for me when I played sports, but there is one substitute I wholeheartedly accept! I speak of the Supreme Substitute, Jesus Christ.
In the book of Leviticus we are told that whenever a priest, ruler, common person … Read more
In the matter of salvation, the essence of believing or faith is to transfer one’s dependence to Christ for salvation from sin and hell. What then is the essence of repentance? The verb repent, referring to salvation, is primarily from the Greek word metanoeo, which means “to change one’s mind.” Since the Holy Spirit convinces the world regarding sin, righteousness, and judgment, the change of mind must be regarding these same three truths. To “repent” is to change one’s mind about sin, about the need for Christ’s righteousness, and about judgment in hell without it.… Read more
An Erroneous Understanding of the Seven Churches in Revelation 2-3
According to many Christians, we are in the Laodicean church era, and therefore should not expect revival. Some pastors suggest that their churches are languishing as a sign of the times. Harold Vaughan has written a book entitled Revival in our Time. He refers to a “theology of despair,” and says,
“One of the great deterrents to revival in our time is religious pessimism. The blight of fatalism has stripped multitudes of any hope that God might, again, do great things. Defeatism has captured … Read more
Christianity Today ran a cover story in its March 2013 issue featuring, “The New Radicals.” The simple, but creative graphic on the front cover shows the leg of a man wearing a business suit and wing-tip shoes, in stride behind the leg of a man wearing a white robe and sandals. The subtitle reads, “David Platt, Francis Chan, and other pastors are calling comfortable Christians to extreme discipleship.”
Who are the new radicals? Perhaps you have read one of their books, which are all the rage now in the Christian publishing realm and even on national bestseller lists. Included in the genre are Greater by Steven Furtick; Crazy Love by … Read more
Can Our Theology Hinder Revival?
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:14-22).
I am so accustomed to using the Scofield Study Bible that I’m uncomfortable studying or preaching from any other Bible. Like most fundamental Baptists, I appreciate the SSB notes on prophecy, but I’m not in total agreement with his prophetic interpretation of the seven churches in Asia Minor. Scofield taught that Revelation 2-3 gives a … Read more
Are Christians to be fruit inspectors? After all, Jesus said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Know whom? Often this verse is quoted out of context to suggest that we are to inspect the fruit of professing Christians and thereby determine whether they are truly saved or not. Many times I have heard someone say, “I doubt that so-and-so is saved, because they don’t act like a Christian; there is no fruit.”
Did Jesus intend that we should pronounce professing Christians unsaved based on their un-Christian behavior? Absolutely not! Only God knows the condition of the heart. It is not our business to inspect fruit in this sense … Read more
Our team at the Friends of Revival Blog would like to celebrate our 100th post today by launching an exciting book giveaway. Three weeks from today we will give away two copies of The Life-Changing Power of the Holy Spirit by Leona Frances Choy (softcover, 321 pages, regularly $15). The unique interview style of this helpful book presents in easy-to-understand segments the views on the Holy Spirit held by great men and women. The Holy Spirit still desires to work mightily in the lives of people if they will only let Him. This book will inspire you to seek His fullness.
To participate in this giveaway, just answer the question … Read more
When the Disruption occurred in the church of Scotland, the ministers knew that they must move forward in God’s strength alone. On the one year anniversary, a statement of their purpose read:
“With profound humiliation, and in reliance on the great strength of Almighty God, solemnly to devote, dedicate, and consecrate anew themselves and their fellow labourers to the service of God, and His holy purpose of glorifying His great name, in saving souls through the preaching of the truth, and the operation of the Holy Ghost.”
These men knew that they needed God’s power to move forward in evangelizing Scotland and the world. Those who have a … Read more