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Established Faith Begins at The Cross


By Bob Williford, former director of the Hope Migrant Mission Center at the Migrant Farm Labor Center near Hope, Arkansas (a ministry of the Arkansas Baptist Convention), and author of Fence Post Digest blog.


Colossians 2:7-15

7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. 9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

 

Two very important aspects of the believer’s relationship with the Christ are given here:

Paul reminds us of the importance of being instructed in the Word of God. Every believer will demonstrate a commitment to the Father and following the instruction of Christ.

The instruction sets the standard for the faith of developing and sustaining a faithful relationship with Jesus. The believer cannot sustain a healthy faith without the support that is found in Scripture.

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The Top Blog Posts of the Week


by the Contributing Editors of SBC Today

This is a list of recent blog posts which we found interesting.  That we found them interesting doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with or endorse the ideas presented in the posts, but that we found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking.  (They are listed in no particular order of interest). Please post your comments to discuss  any article that strikes your interest. If you have recent blog posts to nominate, please send the link to sbctoday@gmail.com.


About Theology

  • Piper’s ‘Masculine Christianity’ Actually Emasculates,” by Wade Burleson on his blog, criticizing Piper’s male view of God and a misogynist view of women.
  • Divorce, Remarriage, and Ministry: What Did Jesus Say?” by Dave Miller in the SBC Voices blog, the fourth in a series on this subject, which thoughtfully investigates Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament about divorce.
  • Begging the Question,” by Randy Everist in the Possible Worlds blog, explaining the logical fallacy of begging the question – a frequent error in many theological and philosophical arguments.
  • Hardshells and Justification,” by Stephen Garrett in the Old Baptist blog, citing moderate Calvinist theologian A. H. Strong against contemporary neo-Calvinists on the issue of faith preceding salvation/regeneration, “because faith . . . is the medium or instrument by which we receive Christ and are united to Him,” because Scripture does not say we are justified dia pistin = on account of faith, but only dia pisteos = through faith, or ek pisteos, = by faith.
  • Making Every Connection,” by Bob Loyd in the Bob’s Worldview blog, drawing an analogy between an experience in air travel with the security of the believer.

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Correction

“Note to our readers about Dr. Parker’s article on Deacons: After Dr. Parker’s article was posted, he realized that it was not his final version of the article, but was an incomplete earlier version which included some notes, and was not ready for publication. He will be reposting the final version of both articles on the scriptural officers of a New Testament church soon.”

Damian’s Dilemma: The Trap of Poverty


By  Dan Crow, Pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in Ellicott City, Maryland, a church that has taken up  the challenge of addressing the needs of the urban poor, homeless, and disadvantaged in their community


We all know of a Damian, even if we don’t really know a “Damian.” We see “Damians” in movies, read about them in books and magazines and see their stories on the news or TV dramas. And it is always the same: Damian has a dilemma. A real one.

A dilemma occurs when one is faced with making a choice that has no positive outcome. When facing a dilemma, there may be more than one choice, but none of the choices is desirable and each choice has a major downside. Such horrible choices are entwined in the lives of the Damian’s we all know. If you dare to continue thinking such uncomfortable thoughts you wind up asking, “Who is Damian?”

Damian is a young or younger male of darker pigmentation who has no father figure or positive male role model in his life. He is usually found in an urban poverty culture that is generations deep, neighborhoods wide and prison sentences long. Damian has some “relatives”—those who face similar problems of generational poverty—but with different causes and solutions in rural regions of our great land. But he faces a uniquely bleak horizon.

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The Top Blog Posts of the Week


This is a list of recent blog posts which we found interesting.  That we found them interesting doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with or endorse the ideas presented in the posts, but that we found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking.  (They are listed in no particular order of interest). Please post your comments to discuss  any article that strikes your interest. If you have recent blog posts to nominate, please send the link to admin@sbctoday.com.


About Theology

Why I’m a ‘Calminian,’” by Craig Blomberg on the Koinonia blog, with a defense of being in a mediating position between Calvinism and Arminianism, which he describes as “Calminian.” When the authors of Whosoever Will claimed that name two years ago, some Arminians and Calvinists said it was impossible; that there were only the two antithetical positions. Perhaps with a world-class scholar like Blomberg disagreeing, the idea of a mediating position will gain a new hearing.

Books on Calvinism and Predestination,” by David Brumbelow on the Gulf Coast Pastor blog, with recommendations for books addressing these issues.

Salvation: The Sovereign Work of God’s Grace,” by the Seeking Disciple (Roy Ingle) on the

Christ’s Death: Designed for All, Designed for Some?, Part 1” and Part 2, by Peter Lumpkins at the SBC Tomorrow blog, with reflections on the historical and biblical problems with the doctrine of limited atonement.

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