Basic Christianity, Part One: Ground Rules & Presuppositions

A Starting Place I have been asked by a few different visitors to this site to write a series about basic Christianity. At first I hesitated, thinking that surely there were many, many similar series on the Internet that I could direct people to. I was only partially correct. There are many courses available, but most seem to be geared towards a knowledgeable Christian audience. They assume a belief in the Bible and extensive knowledge of it. I do not …

Day Twenty Seven – Defeating Temptation

God will never allow me to face a temptation that is too much for me to bear. God provides me all I need to be able to stay strong through temptation. I can do my part by following four principles: Refocus my attention on something else. If I focus on the problem I will never defeat it. Rather than focus on the temptation I am to divert my mind and think about other things. When temptations arise I do not …

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Day Twenty Six – Growing Through Temptation

Day twenty seven of The Purpose Driven Life deals with temptation and how every temptation is an opportunity to do good. A temptation is only a stumbling block if I react the wrong way. What Satan uses as his primary tool to destroy me is what God uses as a primary tool to develop my character. “God develops the fruit of the Spirit in your life by allowing you to experience circumstances in which you’re tempted to express the exact …

Day Twenty Five – Transformed By Trouble

Because today is a very busy Sunday, this is an abbreviated look at day twenty five of The Purpose Driven Life God has a purpose behind every trouble. God uses circumstances to develop my character. God will often use tough times in life to test me and mold me into Christ’s likeness. Through the hard times I need to remember that God is in control and that He has promised to work all things for good. This means that despite …

Day Twenty Four – Transformed By Truth

God’s truth transforms me. The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make me like the Son of God. Unlike any other book in the world, the Bible is alive. It is the spiritual nourishment I need to grow spiritually. I need to not only read God’s Word, but abide in it. There are three aspects to this: I must accept it’s authority. The Bible needs to be authoritative in my life. I need to turn to it …

Day Twenty Three – How We Grow

God wants me to grow up. It is God’s will that I mature as a Christian, becoming more and more like Jesus. We see that in the Christian world many people never do grow up and much of the reason for this is that people do not dedicate themselves to spiritual growth. Growth is not automatic. It takes dedicated effort and every Christian needs to make a conscious decision to grow spiritually. Nothing shapes my life as much as the …

Day Twenty Two – Created To Become Like Christ

Day Twenty Two of The Purpose Driven Life begins the examination of my third purpose – becoming like Christ. God’s plan for me from the very beginning was for me to become like Christ. The way to achieve Christ-likeness is through the transformation of my character. It is important to note that this does not mean losing my personality! God wants me to develop the kind of character Jesus outlined in the beatitudes and that Paul speaks about in Corinthians …

Day Twenty One – Protecting Your Church

It is my job to protect the unity of my church. Unity is a critical component of God’s plan for Christian community and I must do all I can to promote it. The Bible gives several pointers on how to protect the unity in my church. Focus on what we have in common, not our differences. We are called to be united, not uniform. Therefore I need to focus on what we have in common and not get hung up …

Day Twenty – Restoring Broken Fellowship

Day twenty of The Purpose Driven Life is devoted to restoring broken fellowships. Now that I have been shown the importance of community and the ways to cultivate community it seems logical that we would discuss those with whom we no longer have fellowship. Warren provides seven biblical steps to restoring broken fellowship: Talk to God before talking to the person. Discussing the problem with God will make the rest of the process far more effective. Warren makes the ridiculous …

An Introduction To Calvinism & Arminianism (Part 5)

This is part five of our series studying the differences between Calvinism and Arminianism. Please note that this is only a brief overview of a vast topic. A thorough discussion of this topic can (and often has) filled many books. At the conclusion of the series I will provide a list of helpful resources should you wish to pursue this study further. The terms Arminianism and Calvinism are, of course, absent from the Bible. For that reason I tend to …