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The Curiosity Index (18.06.2019)

Get Out! Tim Keller on the Exodus Story I just thought this was brilliant. Individual Israelites had different qualities of faith, but they were all equally saved. They were equally delivered. Why? Because you are not saved because of the quality of your faith. You are saved because of the object of your faith: the Redeemer, the God who is fighting for you. Everything about this text says, “Grace, grace, grace, grace. Crossing over is by grace.” Speaking of the Exodus…maybe it looked a little like this: someone did a…

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Christian Living 

Six benefits from faith in Christ

The Christian faith has always insisted that faith is not merely assent to a set of propositions but instead trust in a person, Jesus Christ. Faith is not simply believing something about the man Jesus but believing in the man Jesus (Gal 2:16; Phil 3:9; 2 Tim 3:15). Faith in Jesus then results in a series of astonishing benefits. Here are six. Salvation 2 Tim 2:10 says that there is ‘salvation in Christ Jesus’, we are rescued from the power of sin & death, that meant we were living under the judgement…

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Crucified and buried but raised alive – with Christ

One of the aims of the church planter is to help equip everyone to confidently be able to open their Bible and share the Gospel with someone. Romans 6 is a great chapter to use for this purpose. This is just a simple sketch of how you can let the Bible tell the Gospel for you. It has four powerful stages explaining the implications and consequences of faith in Christ. Crucified Romans 6 says those who have faith in Christ were crucified with Christ (v 5,6,8). “For we know that our old self…

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Christian Living 

Life in Christ: appetite, ambition and approval

I was recently in a conversation with some other leaders about growing in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) which was challenging but deeply helpful as I was having a bad day. As we talked the concept of character growth was put in the context of a very simple grid: appetite, ambition and approval. I found this an immediately helpful way of thinking about submitting all of my life to the lordship of Christ.

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Book Review: Preaching Christ

Preaching Christ by Edgar Andrews is a classic example of not judging a book by its cover, or for that matter its layout and design inside the cover because those, like the cover, are terrible. I almost didn’t read this book, I just assumed it would be awful, so bad is the production on this book. No small miracle then, that this is actually a very useful little book. Edgar Andrews is better known as an international expert in molecules and author of Who Made God? and once I made that connection I…

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Calvin on: The Church

This from Calvin’s commentary on 1 Thessalonians 1:1: “This mark, therefore, is as it were an approval of a true and lawful church…a church is to be sought only where God presides and where Christ reigns, and that, in short, there is no church but that which is founded upon God, is gathered under the auspices of Christ and is united in his name.” That’s my heart to see the church I serve be a place ‘where God presides and Christ reigns’.

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