This Weekend's Gospel-Centered Blog-ommendations

Saturday, June 11, 2005

1. Jim Elliff, a personal friend of mine, is the founder and director of Christian Communicators Worldwide, the online avenue Jim's writing and teaching ministry. His compelling interests are the reformation of the church, biblical evangelism, and the hope for authentic revival in our day. He recently wrote an article entitled, "A Different Style of Evangelist: Laborers on the Loose." It is the result of several years of thought, study, meditation, teaching, and above all practice. I've heard Jim preach on these things twice. The substance of what is in the article can be heard in two following sermons.

My warning to you is not to listen to Jim's sermons or read the article until you have prayed, opening your heart and mind up to a serious consideration of whether or not the way you are 'doing ministry' needs to be changed in order to see a greater advancement of the kingdom of God. Have heard it twice and now having read it, Jim's model of ministry seems to best serve the message of the gospel in a way that is real, genuine, sincere, and lasting, effective, and fruitful.

To download, right click the title of the sermon and click 'Save Target As. To listen to a streaming MP3 audio of the sermon, simply click on the sermon title.

Sermon One: Equipping the Saints Through Discipleship" from the 2004 F.I.R.E. National Conference in Escondido, CA on April 24-26, 2004.

Sermon Two: "The Sovereignty of God Motivates Evangelism" from the 2004 Southeast Regional F.I.R.E. Conference in Sharpsburg, GA on November 15-17, 2004.

2. Second, Dr. Caneday's post this past weekend entitled, "The Gospel is Principally the Announcement of God's Own Justification" is a wonderful, short reminder of T. F. Torrance's words:

"The Gospel must be preached in an evangelical way, that is, in accordance withthe nature and content of the Gospel of free grace, else it is "another Gospel." It is not faith that justifies us, but Christ in whom we have faith. But the history of Protestantism shows that it is possible to speak of justification by faith in such a way that the emphasis is shifted from "Christ" to "me," so that what becomes finally important is "my faith," "my decision,", "my conversion," and not really Christ himself" (God and Rationality).

3. Third, Dave Cruver over at To Tell You the Truth has posted an excellent, brief, helpful, and thought-provoking post entitled "The Gospel And..." Dave has become a kinsman in the faith. His brother is Dan Cruver at Eucatastrophe.

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