How Should We Understand Christ’s Warnings of Being Cast Out?

Episode 143 Show Notes 

How Should We Understand Christ’s Warnings of Being Cast Out?

From the Show

How is God going to keep the church together that is so divided over politics in our time?

My colleague, Rod Rosenbladt, served as a pastor during the Vietnam War, when, of course, believers held various positions on that conflict. I remember him telling me, in the parking lot one day he noticed two parishioners: a veteran and an anti-war protester arguing to the point of fisticuffs. He called them into the church service, they sat on opposite sides of the sanctuary shooting steely glances at each other, then they heard the pastor greet them in Christ’s name, they heard the law, they were visibly moved, even more so, as they heard the gospel, and then they participated in the corporate confession of sin. And then after the sermon, they came to the rail for communion, but they knelt there together with their arms around each other sobbing as they held out there empty hands for the bread. Now that is what genuine good news can do. We need more of that, we need more good news uniting us as the body of Christ. You’re not going to get that from CNN or Fox. They’re going to continue dividing, but only when we come together and hear better news from a better country do we find that even though we have a lot of divisions in society, we are united by the things that matter most. — Michael Horton​​​​​ 

Questions in this Episode

1. In Luke 9, Jesus warns that those who put their hand to the plow are not fit for the kingdom of God. How do you understand this warning?

2. How do you best explain the process of redemption to new believers?

3. How is God going to keep the church together that is so divided over politics in our time?

4. Is there a place for creativity in church? How can creative people use their gifts in church? 

Resources

Why We Need to Rethink “In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty” 

Good People Don’t Go to Heaven

What Is True, Saving Faith? 

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