The object of God’s work of regeneration is…that our lives might demonstrate to others a harmony and accord between God’s righteousness and our obedience, and that we might thus confirm that he has made us his children by adoption.
And it is often seen, when the violation of God’s authority, and the stain of our own reputation are coupled together, we are more troubled for what disgraces us than for what dishonors God.
Too often, however, churches are not contexts for making disciples so much as occasions for knowing relative strangers.
The church has no meaning apart from Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The church has no might apart from the Holy Spirit of God.
The church has no message apart from the Gospel of God.
And the church has no means to rightly discern how its meaning, might, and message drive its mission apart from the Word of God
Mirror, mirror, on the wall
show me truly, warts and all,
that I may forsake all else I’ve heard,
and daily act upon God’s Word.
Godly wisdom for trials addresses the believer’s conflicting desires to be relieved of them or to be refined by them.
The church that is not confronting sin will be condoning sin.