Episode 374 Show Notes
From the Show
The really good news isn’t that I accepted Jesus as my personal savior, but that he accepted me as his personal sinner. In John 15:16 Jesus told his disciples, "you didn't choose me; I chose you, and appointed you to bear fruit that would last. Now that doesn't mean that we don't accept Jesus. You have something similar in John 1 where we read, "to those who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. Accepting and receiving are very similar terms. The important thing here is that we accept him, because his Father has first— as Paul puts it in Ephesians 1:6—made us accepted in Christ his Son. That's the really good new here. I think we place too much emphasis on what I've done with Jesus; the New Testament places all of the emphasis on what Jesus has done for us and what the Spirit has given us as a gift, to be united to Christ.
Questions in this Episode
1. Why is it not Christian to say, "I accept Jesus as my personal savior"? Dr. Horton explained this in a radio program, but I would like a deeper understanding of this issue.
2. I was wanting to get your advice. My pastor has come out as a homosexual and he is preaching that the Bible has been misinterpreted?
3. When Jesus refers to Peter as “the rock of the church”, was Jesus elevating Peter over the other apostles?
4. Why doesn’t God protect Christians for things like mass shootings? Isn’t God supposed to keep believers safe?
5. Is it better to pray in our own words, or to follow prayers like “The Lord’s Prayer”?
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller
Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton
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