In preparing the message for our College camp last month (March) I came across averse in Psalm 119 which I would’ve loved to include but simply couldn’t fit it in. So here itis: “I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflictedme” (Ps. 119:175).
Christian leadership is all about godliness
The most important thing to remember about Christian leadership is that a Christian leader must have a godly character. Having a godly character is fundamental to Christian leadership. Unlike some other professions where lack of character due to, for example, moral infidelity or a cantankerous temperament does not necessarily disqualify them from being a leader, this is not the case with Christian leadership. Christian leadership is a character business. If you lose your character, you lose your leadership. That is, you lose your right to lead, for your earned credibility has been lost. It is only a godly character that assures true fruit for your labours, lasting influence and durable leadership. This theme is reflected in many passages in Scripture, especially in passages such as 1 Tim 3:1-12 and Tit 1:6-9, where Paul outlines the qualifications for elders and deacons. These passages are very instructive in that of the twenty qualifications listed here, nineteen refer to godliness of character (The ability to teach is the only “skill” listed. See 1 Tim 3:2, Tit 1:9).
Ever since Reformation, the doctrine of "justification by faith" has been judged to be the criteria by which the church stands or falls. Specifically, the notion that God justifies the ungodly and not the righteous, is a cornerstone of the gospel. God does not announce that the righteous are truly righteous, rather, on the basis of Jesus' atoning death and glorious resurrection, and through the instrument of faith, sinful men and women are incorporated into the new redemptive moment God reveals in his Son. We become right with God because we are clothed with Christ. We are not in the process of becoming righteous, because we are identified with and participate in the Righteous One, we cannot be any more righter than we are.
Some Thoughts on II Tim 4:10
“For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica …”
These were amongst some of the last words spoken by the Apostle Paul. They showed a sharp contrast to the apostle’s assessment of his own ministry and the “crown of righteousness” he was waiting (II Timothy 4:6-8). We can imagine it must have been a painful experience for the apostle to write these words.
Christians are often at pains to point out that, contrary to popular perception, Christian faith is not blind but rather rests upon a solid foundation of evidence and reason. Yet, there is a place for blind faith in some measure, for did not Jesus say to Thomas “Blessed are those who do not see and yet believe”? John’s gospel is written so that its readers might believe that Jesus is the Christ and so have life through his name, and narrates the signs Jesus did so that all may have reason for believing. Yet, it also seems to suggest that it is a superior faith that does not merely believe on the basis of sight, but even further believes without sight as well. Why may this be so?
Amazing Library Acquisition: An Ancient Codex. Crossway College is proud to announce the donation of a facsimile of Codex Sinaiticus for the Toowong Library. Codex Sinaiticus is the oldest extant copy of the complete New Testament, dating from the fourth century AD.
As another year comes to a close you’re probably saying, “This year went so fast.” I used to wonder if the years slowed down at some point but enough years have gone by to convince me that it’s not going to happen. They just get faster and faster. Do the arithmetic and work out how many years it’s taken you to get to this point and then double it. There’s nothing surer, like the return journey in a car, those second set of years will role by quicker than the first.
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