Five Points Blog
- Charles Spurgeon
- Nov 09, 2013
For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
It is a grand thing when greatness and goodness are united; it is only in the Divine Being that either of them exists absolutely, and essentially. Happy is it for us that they both exist in the Lord to an equal degree. To be great and not good might lead to tyranny in the King, and for him to be good and not great might involve countless calamities upon his subjects from foreign foes, so that either alternative would be terrible; let the two be blended, and we have a monarch in whom the nation may rest and rejoice.
~ Charles Spurgeon, Treasury of David
Join us this Sunday at 9:30am for Bible Study Hour and at 10:45am to come together to worship our Great and Good God.
- JJ Sherwood
- Oct 30, 2013
David Mathis wrote this blog post a couple years ago over at Desiring God. It seeks to take all of life captive under the banner of God's glory and helps us as Christians to think about and engage our neighbors during Halloween. He writes:
"What if we didn't merely go with the societal flow and unwittingly float with the cultural tide into and out of yet another Halloween? What if we didn't observe the day with the naivete as our unbelieving neighbors and coworkers?
And what if we didnt overreact to such nonchalance by simply withdrawing? What if Halloween wasn't a night when Christians retreated in disapproval, but an occasion for storming the gates of hell?"
These are great questions to think through over the next couple of days. You can read the entire post here.
- JJ Sherwood
- Sep 30, 2013
In Tim Keller’s book, The Prodigal God, he writes about how Jesus is the only one who gives hope in the midst of ordinary human life… the only one who can truly help us face death with assurance, confidence and joy.
“Jesus, unlike the founder of any other major faith, holds out hope for ordinary human life. Our future is not an ethereal, impersonal form of consciousness. We will not float through the air, but rather will eat, embrace, sing, laugh, and dance in the kingdom of God, in degrees of power, glory, and joy that we can’t at present imagine. Jesus will make the world our perfect home again. We will no longer be living ‘east of Eden,’ always wandering and never arriving. We will come, and the father will meet us and embrace us, and we will be bought into the feast.”
~ Timothy Keller, 104
If we truly believe that Jesus is the one who through his life, death and resurrection has brought us into His Kingdom, how can we go about our daily activities and not live our lives in light of his preeminence? If we believe that in the end “we will be brought into the feast”, it will hardly be possible not to.
- Brent Nelson
- Sep 13, 2013
When the early church prayed in unified, earnest, corporate prayer, God exploded with blessing upon them, and he was mightily glorified through them. Peter and James were both arrested for their leadership in early Christianity. The church prayed for both, but God answered very differently. James was slain by the sword; Peter was miraculously and angelically released from his bonds.
While sleeping peacefully in the midst of a raging storm of persecution, Peter was awakened in his cell by an angel who instructed him to rise and follow him out to freedom. Peter thought it was a dream. Even the outer gate opened of its own accord. This was not man’s doing, nor even the angel’s, but God’s rescue of Peter. Peter made his way to Mary’s home where many were praying and both Rhoda, the servant girl, and all the intercessors were profoundly amazed. God had miraculously answered their prayer, even while they were praying. God had heard and answered far more abundantly than they could ask or think!
Herod had his guards executed for their failure to retain Peter, and God had Herod executed for his failure to glorify God. What was the result? Acts 12:24, “The Word of God increased and multiplied.” So effective was the Word of God upon the wings of corporate prayer that one of Herod’s own court was converted and joined the church (Manaen of Acts 13:1). What follows in Acts 13 can only be termed divinely historic: Paul and Barnabas are sent out as missionaries to proclaim the gospel such that it has come to even our own city and time. And it shows no signs of decline until the full number of the nations are brought in (Matthew 24:14).
Marvel at the power of corporate prayer in the local church! What wonders God achieves at the hands of frail, weak, mixed-motive saints like you and me! Would you join us in asking much of the God who magnifies his glory in answering our prayer?
Join us this Sunday at 10:45am to worship the God who answers prayer; Pastor Brent will preach part 2 of what drives us as a church: prayer.
- JJ Sherwood
- Sep 12, 2013
ND Wilson's new book, Death By Living, was recently released and is one of the best books I have read this year. Wilson writes, "living is the same thing as dying... living well is the same thing as dying for others." To truly live, you must die daily to self. Wilson's book is not only a great read, but a tremendous guide in seeing the glory of God in this world He Spoke into existence. I think you'll find Death By Living a help as you run the race God has set before you... a race that is heading towards a finish line.
You can view the book trailer below or read a great review of the book here.