1 Corinthians 15:3
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
When I listen to a message I ask, "could this message have been given if the grave is not empty?"
There are a couple of terms I've been hearing
We speak of these things in terms of what we do for/with others on this earth; if we leave out the "why", we all lose.
The Son of God died to restore us - THEREFORE, we seek restoration in a social context for others.
Jesus shed His blood to justify us - THEREFORE, we seek justice for others.
Christ died for our sins to reconcile us to the Father - THEREFORE, we seek reconciliation with others.
To leave this out - we are left with nothing more than a devotional that could be preached in a Mormon church, in a Buddhist temple, in an atheistic social center.
I've heard "Jesus transforms lives" - which is no Gospel at all.
I have a friend whose great-aunt married an abusive man. They joined the Mormon church and he stopped beating her. The Mormon church transforms lives.
September 11, 2001 showed us the power of 19 men in airplanes to transform lives (and not in a good way).
I want to hear a man of God proclaim the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God for the remission of sin.
I don't want to have to listen to a podcast in order to hear the Gospel.
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"Total Depravity" matters.
It matters because if there is some little bit of good in us, then we can somehow try to earn our salvation.
Mormons say, "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we saved,
." (II Nephi 25:22) - emphasis mine after all we can do
Total depravity matters, because if we can earn our salvation, there is no need for a savior.
We are not just a little "sick", so that we can get better and so attain salvation.
No - we are DEAD in our sin. We can no more walk toward our own salvation than Lazarus was able to walk out of his tomb before Christ called him.
It is not until we understand the depth of our sin that we can fully understand our need for our Saviour.
It is not until we see how
bad we are, that we see how good God is.
How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
Words and Music by Stuart Townend
©1995 Kingsway's Thankyou Music
How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He would give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon a cross
My guilt upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no powr's, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
, Christianity , Reformed Theology . Tags: TULIP on Christianity, Death And Resurrection, Good God, Jesus Christ, Reformed Theology, Total Depravity, Tulip, Wretch May 10, 2008 by .