Two morning Bible studies with R.T. Kendall, two great seminars (The Church: Salt & Light in a Restless Neighbourhood, and Praying for Change), and two evening celebrations with Nigel Wright later, and here I am blogging again. Some great thoughts have been stimulated over the last few days. And of course it was lovely to spend time with some friends. I shall maybe blog up some thoughts from the Praying for Change seminar later, really got a lot out of it.
In other news, I leave for Chicago on Tuesday… yikes! Where did the last 5 months go to?? Very very excited about heading off… will post up our itinerary soon, and some prayer points and stuff that we’re doing.
Also, go visit James, he has returned to the blogosphere!
Some more notes from Piper’s sermons at New Horizon…
* The universe exists to display the greatness of the glory of the grace of God.
* Rev 13:8 – Even before creation, in God’s mind there would be a slaying of the Lamb. This means that Jesus death was not Plan B!
* Rev 5:9-12 – God is not evil, to will evil, that he hates. (Struggled to get my head round this point at first… think I’m getting there.)
* Lam 3:32 – Translating the Hebrew word for ‘willingly’ literally here means ‘from His heart’. So God might ‘will’ evil, but it does not come from His heart.
* Every blessing we enjoy was bought by the cross, by His suffering. There are 7 blessings we receive through Jesus sufferings:
1) Jesus absorbed our wrath (Gal 3:13)
2) Jesus bore our sins and our guilt (1 Pet 2:24)
3) Jesus provided perfect righteousness for us (Phil 2:7-8)
4) Jesus defeated death (Heb 2:14)
5) Jesus disarmed Satan (Col 2:14)
6) Jesus purchased perfect, final healing (Isa 53:4)
7) Jesus brings us to God, which is the goal of the Gospel (1 Pet 3:18)
1) The point was to give God glory
2) That plan came to its pinacle on Good Friday in His suffering
3) Therefore, we will praise Him forever.
Some notes from John Piper’s sermon last night at New Horizon…
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church. (Colossians 1:24)
* Pauls life was a life of freely chosen suffering.
* 1 Cor 15:30-32; Paul only lives this way because he absolutley believes it, there is a better way if all you want is pleasure.
* In the western world we have made Christianity too domesticated… we must learn to accept risk.
* Col 1:24; The incompleteness mentioned is not that Christ’s suffering is inadequate in atonement for our salvation without our suffering, but that others observe His suffering through our suffering. M. Vincent comments that what was lacking was a “presentation of His suffering by the church.”
* Christians have the chance to suffer so they can magnify Christ in their lives. (Gal 2:20)
* During suffering, although it is sorrowful, we must also rejoice! Think of Paul in the Phillipian jail – awaiting death and yet singing in the middle of the night!
Birthdays are great for getting books… I now have 6 more books I wanted to read! So currently in the book queue is:
A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren
The End Of Poverty by Jeffery Sachs
God Created The Integers by Stephen Hawking
Turn by Max Lucado
Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge
Wild At Heart by John Eldredge
In other news, I have been up at New Horizon for the last few nights, heard John Piper give two amazing sermons… hopefully heading up for all day Thursday and Friday, so I can get to seminars also. Very exciting indeed… I shall post up some notes from Piper’s sermons later.
So, being off school and having free time is super for catching up on reading!
Finished Eat This Book last week, althought Peterson demands an immediate reread, so much in it I just haven’t fully grasped, so it’s on the cards for this week again.
Also just finished off Good To Great yesterday, thanks to Scott for that! Great book with some super ideas in it… need to take some time to start implementing stuff now.
Started The 360-Degree Leader this morning. Looks like it is going to be a good read also.
Off to read, find me curled up somewhere with a good book…