Last week I introduced the topic of change, that after the gate (conversion) a new believer is going to start down the narrow path, and things are going to be different. I think it is important to alert a new believer to the fact that things will change; it is also important to tell them…Continue reading What Actually Happens at the Gate (Conversion)?
This will be my last post on this question. We have been talking about John 3:16 and how the first step in mentoring a new believer is to confirm their understanding of conversion. The last issue I want to raise relative to this discussion is that of counting the costs of following Jesus. John 3:16…Continue reading Count the Cost in Conversion?
I really appreciate the feedback you have given me so far. Last week’s blog was especially helpful as one of the comments emphasized that in some cultures, the uniqueness of Christ does need to be emphasized. We are still working through John 3:16 in an attempt to clarify how we present conversion, making sure that…Continue reading The “Whoever” of the Cross Includes You
We have been talking about how we can discuss core Christian beliefs without “Christian” language. Before moving off this topic, I want to ask your help on one more thing. Jesus says that God loved the world and gave his only Son (Jn 3:16). Is the “only” important, and how do you explain it? The…Continue reading Why is Jesus the only way?
Recovering the Real Lost Gospel: Reclaiming the Gospel as Good News by Darrell L. Bock (B&H, 2010). Recovering the Real Lost Gospel is an outstanding resource for growing in your understanding of the gospel. In just 136 pages, Darrell Bock surveys a wide range of biblical texts, offering the reader a broader perspective on the gospel than…Continue reading Recovering the Real Lost Gospel