“I have been writing this volume while residing in Germany for a teaching trip. I am humbled by penning these 95 theses in the same country as Martin Luther did many years ago. I submit these to the evangelical church of our day and pray that God would allow anything of truth in these pages to bend and change men’s hearts back to God.” – Greg Gordon –
It is useless for large companies of believers to spend long hours begging God to send revival. Unless we intend to reform we may as well not pray. Unless praying men have the insight and faith to amend their whole way of life to conform to the New Testament pattern there can be no true revival. – A.W. Tozer
I am currently reviewing and commenting on 95 theses to the modern evangelical church “revised”! by Greg Gordon. The following discusses self sacrifice and reaching the lost.
Self disciplines in the Christian life such as fasting, praying, suffering are considered legalistic.
2 Timothy 2:21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
2 Timothy 1:8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.
Matthew 6:17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face…
I could think of more verses to support and validate this point. The Bible makes it clear that in our weakness, He is made strong. Paul even said as much while he suffered from something that God would not take away.
We often pray that God take away those things in our life that make us weak, such as illness, problems in life, etc. We must be careful that we pray according to God’s Will. He may be using those to help perfect His strength within us. As the song goes, “Sometimes He calms the storm, and other times He calms His child.”
More to the point, as a result of this way of thinking, self disciplines are considered legalistic. Fasting… true fasting… is practically unheard of. We have thousands of overweight Christians and pastors…very reliant on food, but never relying on God. Did you know that the Bible equates gluttony to adultery? Fasting helps break our addiction to food and increase our reliance on Him. Yet, you hear little about these practices in church today.
– Little thought and contemplation is put towards the lostness of men, the seriousness of the gospel, and the sacrifice of the call of Christ.
Philippians 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
Galatians 2:20 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
Hebrews 10:34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
This just blows my mind. Jesus calls us to spread the gospel and to be fisher of men. Jesus said, “This is how they will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.” What is love? “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in him….” To love means to give and to sacrifice. If we love the lost, as Jesus did, we sacrifice and give until it hurts in order to bring them into God’s family. I listen to a lot of pastor sermons from some of the most popular evangelical pastors around. I cannot remember the last time I heard a message along these lines.
Do you have a heart…a burning desire… for those lost people around you? What about the lost in your workplace, your neighborhood or your city? If so, what can you do, by God’s grace, to reach them?
By His Grace,