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Eating, Drinking, and Doing Ministry

Jesus loved a good time and good food. His mission strategy was a long meal, stretching into the evening. He did evangelism and discipleship around a table with some grilled fish, a loaf of bread, and a pitcher of wine. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is usually going to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal. He received flack from this at the hands of the Pharisees, who snidely remarked that “the disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink” (Luke 5:33).

Eating and drinking were so important to the mission of Jesus because they were a sign of his friendship with tax collectors, sinners, and others scorned by others. His “excess” of food and “excess” of grace are linked. In the ministry of Jesus, meals were enacted grace, community, and mission.

Meals are an effective way for Christians to emulate a part of Jesus’ ministry. It doesn’t take the profound knowledge of apologetics or hermeneutics to be a witness. If we share a meal three or four times a week and have a passion for Jesus, then we will be building up the Christian community and reaching out in mission. Luke describes Jesus’s mission strategy: “The Son of Man came eating and drinking.” In our food-centered culture, it sounds like an applicable act we can follow.

Excerpts modified from A Meal with Jesus.

March 31, 2011 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Church Ministry,Community,Culture,Evangelism / Missions,Life / Doctrine,The Christian Life | Author: Crossway Staff @ 12:06 pm | 0 Comments »

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The Final Judgment and Hell

In the forthcoming book Life’s Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says About Things That Matter Most, author Eric Thoennes briefly addresses what the Bible says about final judgment and hell:

  • God expresses both personal (Rom. 1:18–32) and national judgment (Isaiah 13–23), and his judgments have taken place throughout history and in the heavenly realm (2 Pet. 2:4).
  • But after the millennium (or, according to amillennialists, after the present age) Christ will judge the whole world once and for all (Matt. 25:31–33; 2 Tim. 4:1; Rev. 20:11–15).
  • At this time the righteous wrath of a holy God will be unleashed on a rebellious world (Rom. 2:5; 3:19). Jesus often warned that he would usher in the day of wrath (Matt. 10:15; 11:22, 24; 12:36; 25:31–46), and other New Testament writers repeated this idea (1 Cor. 4:5; Heb. 6:2; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6).
  • Unbelievers will be judged, and the result will be punishment for even careless words that were spoken (Matt. 12:36). Those who refuse God’s gracious offer of forgiveness in Christ will suffer eternal conscious punishment in hell, a condition of torment cut off from the presence of God (Matt. 25:30, 41, 46; Mark 9:43, 48; Rev. 14:9–11).
  • Christian believers, who understand the holiness and justice of God and the depth of human sin, should be able to relate to the martyrs in heaven who long for the day of judgment (Rev. 6:10).
  • However, in this age, the church is primarily called to warn people everywhere to repent and flee the wrath that will come when Christ returns as Judge: “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:30–31).

Life’s Biggest Questions, releasing in July 2011, will serve as a great intro to Christianity or discipleship resource, especially for newer Christians. Life’s Biggest Questions will also address:

  • Does God Exist?
  • What Does It Mean to Know and Love God?
  • How Does God Reveal Himself?
  • How Well Can You Know God?
  • What Is God Like?
  • How Do You Explain the Trinity?
  • Who Is Jesus Christ?
  • Who Is the Holy Spirit?
  • What Did Jesus Christ Accomplish?
  • What Is a Human Being?
  • How Does God Relate to His Creation?
  • What Is Sin?
  • How Does God Save Sinners?
  • What Is the Church?
  • How Will It All End?
March 29, 2011 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Heaven / Hell,Life / Doctrine,Theology | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 10:34 am | 0 Comments »

God Given Growth: A Free Chicago Roundtable on Church Planting

Are you in the Chicago area? Or are you planning to attend The Gospel Coalition next month? We’re pleased to invite you to God Given Growth: A Pre-Conference Event on Tuesday April 12th from 9-11:30am at McCormick Place (open to the public).

If you’re a pastor, planter, potential planter, or lay leader, join us for a time of teaching and discussion that will celebrate God’s work to advance his gospel through launching and relaunching Christ-centered churches. The roundtable discussion, moderated by Scott Kauffmann, will feature four pastors with decades of combined planting, re-planting, and pastoring experience. Darrin Patrick, Dave Harvey, Mike McKinley, and Tullian Tchividjian will cover the church leader’s mission, calling, practices, and prayer. Be sure to come with questions for the round table Q&A.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Blog Reviewer Giveaway: “The Greener Grass Conspiracy”

Do you ever wonder how it’s possible to be so blessed and so unhappy at the same time? To have more than any generation in history and still crave more?

Author Stephen Atlrogge says that there’s a conspiracy affecting every person who has ever lived. A conspiracy between the world, our hearts, and Satan himself to steal our joy. Together they breed discontentment with our possessions, relationships, jobs, and circumstances.

  • The world lies to us. It tells us we’ll be happy if we buy more things, have more fun, drink more beer, purchase a bigger house, climb the career latter, stay single, get married. The world makes big, fat, promises of immediate pleasure.
  • Satan lies to us. He says God is holding good back from us, that he doesn’t want us to be happy, and that if God really loved us – we wouldn’t be sick, struggle financially, etc. Satan slanders God’s character and goodness. He’s happy as long as we’re not happy in God.
  • Our hearts play along with the world and with Satan. It tells me I need to have certain things and I need them now. A new TV, a salary bump, a house, children, to be married, etc.

In The Greener Grass Conspiracy, Altrogge helps us battle discontentment with the central truths of the gospel.

Blog reviewer giveaway. Are you are a blogger and interested in reviewing this title? We’d be happy to send a free copy if you agree to post a review on your blog and on Amazon by April 30, 2011 (the official release date). We’ll be sending review copies to the first 100 bloggers to comment on this post expressing interest and providing their blog URL. Enjoy!

Note: US and Canada only.
Contest closed March 28th. We’ll in contact with winners shortly. Thanks for participating!

March 28, 2011 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 1:54 pm | (112) Comments »