Is that where it is?
Is that where it is?
Will heaven have these in every corner?
The following was written by Timothy Keller:
In a sermon Dick Lucas once preached, he recounted an imaginary conversation between an early Christian and her neighbor in Rome…
“Ah,” the neighbor says. “I hear you are religious! Great! Religion is a good thing. Where is your temple or holy place?”
“We don’t have a temple,” replies the Christian. “Jesus is our temple.“
“No temple? But where do your priests work and do their ritual?”
“We don’t have priests to mediate the presence of God,” replies the Christian. “Jesus is our priest.”
“No priests? But where do you offer your sacrifices to acquire the favor of your God?”
“We don’t need a sacrifice,” replies the Christian. “Jesus is our sacrifice.”
“What kind of religion is this?” sputters the pagan neighbor.
And the answer is, it’s no kind of religion at all.
“Sometimes the spark of faith is slight
And does not make the darkness bright.
But keep it lit and you will find:
Far better this than being blind.
One little flame when all is night,
Proves there is such a thing as Light.
Remember now the place and price
Where Jesus promised paradise.
One answered prayer when all is gone,
Will give you hope to wait for dawn.”
John Piper, Job (Illustrated Novel)
This past weekend, a couple of Faith Church members were served and taught by incredible speakers at the 2010 Desiring God Conference. I, myself, was thankful for the messages I heard and the people I met. I also am thankful to the people I travelled with. We had a great time “thinking” together. Every night ended with God-glorifying conversations.
The weekend started off with a few seminars. Unfortunately, we were only able to hear three due to the overlap in seminar schedules. The first message was given by Kevin DeYoung, who is a blogger at the Gospel Coalition website. He explained that the popular term “missional” needs to be reevaluated in certain contexts. His point was that there is a difference between the Mission of God and the mission of man. He clearly showed us that we are to participate in the world without losing the central goal of sharing the gospel. The second seminar was with Tullian Tchividjian, who also blogs at the Gospel Coalition website. He reminded us that we are saved by grace alone in his message: Giving Thought to Gospel “Math”: Why Jesus + Nothing = Everything. Lastly, Randy Alcorn preached to us the message of Romans 8 in his message: Difficult Truths & Deep Love: Pondering Sovereignty, Suffering, and the Promise of Heaven. DG has promised to upload their messages, but I haven’t been able to find their message online yet. I highly encourage you to listen to them when they do.
[HT: Pure Church]