In this updated version of Joe Boot's popular work, he provides clear and engaging answers to the real questions that people are asking - questions of suffering, morality, guilt, and truth. Beginning with a basic understanding of the world, Boot explains the biblical worldview, giving special attention to the life and claims of Jesus Christ. This new edition includes a chapter-by-chapter study guide, designed for group discussion.
The Gospel of the Kingdom concerns our culture, which is quite essentially our state of being. This Gospel creates a new state of being by regeneration. Personal regneration is then followed by cultural regeneration, as the Gospel, like the mustard seed, grows and creates a society which spreads to impact all those around it as leaven transforms the whole loaf. Wherever God's children are faithful in preaching the gospel and applying God's truth to every area of life, cultures are re-created. We are God's new humanity in Jesus Christ, and wherever God's people are, by the power and mighty working of his Spirit, the culture of Christ inescapably flourishes around them.
The example of Christian martyrs under the Roman Empire leads us to see that culture-making is an expression of worship, and that culture wars are won and lost first in the spiritual realm. The Christian's calling is not to cultural retreat, but to transform culture in obedience to God's revealed word.
Since Christ's purpose is the restoration and reconciling of all things to himself, the transformation of culture by faithfulness to the gospel and the total Word of God is central to the Christian's calling.
Our church is called to a ministry of nurture, which includes church discipline. You can't sin and say it's no one else's business. We live in community. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we fail to discipline and be disciplined. Only biblical Christianity gives life meaning. It gives us social order; and it balances liberty and law.
All education is in terms of a purpose and a program for freedom. The question is, who defines freedom, and to what end? Educational programs will either be in terms of the purposes of God and his creative and redemptive work in creation, or they will be in terms of an alien purpose derived from the god of this world and his falsehoods.
The Apostle Paul makes clear that teaching is meant to bring transformation and is agonizing work.
Paul's example of pastoral teaching is evangelical and spiritual.
The radical changes taking place in society over the past few decades should serve as a warning to Christians to reconsider the pervasive influence of the education system and the need for Christ-centered teaching, schools, and seminaries.
Full of biblical and theological insights, and written with an evangelistic heart, this book serves to nourish the faithful, stimulate good arguments for the seeker and build a strong rational basis for the causative relation between faith and reason, the former being the presupposition of the latter. With rigor and relevance, it enables readers to grasp the signs of divine transcendence, and to be apprehended by the beauty of Christ.
Human beings are God’s stewards, and we are tasked with caring for His world for His glory. This booklet outlines a distinctly Christian view of creation care that preserves the Creator-creation distinction, takes seriously the issues of sin and redemption, and recalls Christians to the godly task of environmental stewardship.