Visions from the Vincents

February 5, 2009

2. Because sgs work Sanctification (Gal 5:13-6:10)

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Sanctification happens in the kinds of community sgs seek to create.  Sanctification is a word, which identifies the “progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives” (Wayne Grudem, ST, 756).  This is the natural outworking of a life that has been brought into right relationship with God.  God begins making his people new.  Many consider this to be a work that is entirely or mostly accomplished by the individual.  That is why you often hear people say, “My sin is none of your business.”  This may sound wise, because our culture teaches us to isolate ourselves and hide our weaknesses.  But, the first step of becoming a Christian is admitting weakness and even spiritual deadness.  As Christians, we must help one another flee sin.  In fact, as one pastor said, “all major exhortations to holy living are plural (Rom 6:1-23; Gal 5:13-6:10; Eph 4:17-6:18).  So, if we really want to live the Christian life, we need to involve others in our lives.  Sin grips us so tightly we need others to fight it.  Pastor C. J. Mahaney said, “It’s been sobering to observe others who have chosen not to participate in a local church or in small groups.  They have demonstrated a distinct lack of growth.  What’s worse, they haven’t even been aware of their spiritual stagnation” (Small Groups, 6).  Sgs have proven to address this significant need.  Not only do they address our need to pursue the good things of God and flee sin, they also prepare a helpful environment for us to be used by God.

March 12, 2008

Questions Pastoral Candidates Must Ask

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Matt Schmucker offered some helpful and practical advice for pastors considering a call to a church.

March 5, 2008

What should the Church do?

How socially active should the church be? What kind of thoughts should Christians consider as they think through living in the world?–You don’t have to think about it, I have some friends who have already done it for you.  Actually, this blog should be more of a help than an end to the conversation. Check it out.

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