Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:
1. Apathetic about Your Apathy? Here is Why a Lukewarm Church is a Bigger Problem Than We Think: Michael J. Kruger – Kruger says, “Apathy towards Christ can be more dangerous than enmity towards Him. The fundamental reason people miss the problem of apathy is because they assume its better than being an enemy of God. It’s halfway to being committed, they think, and thus better than being against God. It’s a step in the right direction.”
2. When There is No Good News: David McLemore – McLemore notes, “One day we will feast, and we will laugh, and we will smile with unending joy. But today if you need to weep, weep with Christ, for he is a God who knows what it means to cry (John 11:35). He understands you and is with you. Take heart, he alone has overcome the world (John 16:33). You don’t have to.”
3. Pride Doesn’t Always Parade: Marshall Segal – Segal says, “Faith works, but not on its own (Philippians 2:13). Not in its own strength (1 Peter 4:11). We work and rest in reliance on God — trusting his wisdom, obeying his word, battling our pride, and surrendering our way. Pride picks up sticks when God says to rest.”
4. Living as the New Covenant Temple: Timothy Rucker – Rucker says, “The New Testament authors employed NCT imagery throughout the New Testament in order to morally exhort the Church to holiness and to provide eschatological hope for sacrificial living. The New Testament authors believed that this language was especially effective because it accurately described the current inaugurated eschatology of God’s kingdom, and how humanity was being reconciled to its creator.”
5. Forgetting the Past: Ed Welch – Welch notes, “Scripture does speak to the past pain, shame and regret that the seventy-five-year- old man experiences, but it also offers an unexpected way forward. As we consider Scripture’s broader teaching about our pasts, it includes not just leaving behind the bad experiences, it also tells us to forget our good deeds and exhorts us to remember past forgiveness as a way to be growing today.”
Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He writes at matthewwmanry.com.