June 4, 2011
TODAY'S BIBLE READING:
- By repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. If the gospel is not only the ABC of the Christian life but also the A-Z, then my progress in living in a God-centered way will be developed by my focus upon Christ and His Gospel. Colossians makes this point very clear: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). This is not a passive process but an active deliberate determination, in dependence upon God, His Spirit, and in focus upon the gospel, we are to “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature…” (Colossians 3:5).
- By committed fellowship with a local Bible teaching church. The New Testament has no category for a Christian who is not a part of a local church. Period. None. Search if you like but you will search in vain for the individualistic Christian. The old illustration is still the best: take the burning coal out of the fireplace and it will soon go cold; put it back in again and it will quickly come back to life.
- By proclamation to others of the self-same gospel. “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ” (Philemon 6). Evangelism is a great safeguard against dullness in Christian God-centered living because it helps us see again the power of the gospel.
- By committed Bible reading and prayer, personally and corporately in worship together. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” (Colossians 3:16). “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life and John 1-12 For You.
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