Today we relight the first two candles of the Advent wreath. The candle of HOPE and the candle of PEACE.
Now we light the third candle of Advent. This is the candle of JOY.
As the coming of Jesus, our Savior, draws nearer, our joy builds with our anticipation of his birth.
From the Book of Isaiah we read the words of our Lord:
“But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.”
– Isaiah 65:18 Continue reading “Scot McKnight – Third Advent Candle – Joy”
This is a longer text, made of four separate paragraphs, dealing with one important topic: how to make Members into Decided and the Decided into the Discipled. Here is Scot’s text:
Our emphasis on the call to personal faith has created a “salvation culture,” a culture that focuses on and measures people on the basis of whether they can witness to an experience of personal salvation. Our salvation culture tends toward asking one double-barreled question: “Who is in and who is out?” Or more personally, “Are you in or out?” The evangelical culture focuses on the experience of personal salvation as the decisive factor for creating that culture. Perhaps the most important thing I can say about what this book will argue boils down to these points: • A salvation culture and a gospel culture are not the same. • In thinking our salvation culture is identical to a gospel culture, we betray a profound lack of awareness of what gospel means and what a gospel culture might mean for our world today. • We are in need of going back to the Bible to discover the gospel culture all over again and making that gospel culture the center of the church. Continue reading “The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited 7”