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Certainty in Christ!

 

Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.

Psalm 119:89

What blessed and eternal comfort the child of God has in God’s own Word!  You see this according to faith, not according to sight, for you live by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7).  But what kind of faith? The faith that believes that anything is possible? The faith that believes you can do anything you set your mind to?  The faith which blindly trusts that all things will work out the way we hope them to?

Such description of faith is not that description of faith revealed by God in His Word.  The Christian faith is not “blind.”  It trusts in God’s promises.  Such faith does not trust in worldly expectations or self expectations, but only on the mercies of God in Christ.  Such faith does not believe that anything is possible by oneself or by putting one’s mind to something.  It rests on God’s unchangeable and unconditional grace, revealed in Christ.  Also, such faith does not rest on false or misguided hopes, for its foundation is God’s Holy and faithful Word.

Such faith as the Christian faith rests squarely on the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  And this Gospel is nothing but certain and sure, and not at all because I believe it.  The Christian faith rests upon God and His Son.  He makes it sure.  I do not add anything at all to it, but simply believe it.  This, after all, is what Christians do.  They confess Christ and believe His Word.  And they are sure that God’s Word “abides forever.”

 

Luther

“Christ and His side are weak, and the Gospel is a foolish proclamation.  On the other hand, the kingdom of the world and the devil, its prince, are strong; in addition, the wisdom of the flesh is very impressive.  But this is our consolation, that the devil with his members cannot accomplish what he wishes.  He may trouble many persons, but he cannot destroy the Gospel of Christ.  The truth may be endangered, but it cannot perish.  It is attacked, but it cannot be conquered; for ‘the Word of the Lord abides forever” (Luther’s Lectures on Galatians, LW 26, p54).

Prayer: Gracious Father, forgive me for doubting Your promises and Your undeserved mercy.  Help me at all times to trust in Your Word and be ever sure of Your abundant grace and mercy in Christ.  Amen.

Dare 2 Share in Chicago–Are you going?

 

 

 

 

Dare 2 Share’s 2010-2011 un. Conference, Chicago

“Inspired, Equipped and unleashed to share their faith.  That’s what will happen to your teens at Dare to Share…” (www.dare2share.org)

“There’s nothing quite like a Dare 2 Share conference.  It’s a fun amazing weekend where your teenagers receive solid Biblical teaching and high impact evangelism training that they put into practice-right at the event.”

“Last week Grant knew he should share his faith…but didn’t.  Today, after a Dare 2 Share conference he’s ready to do it…and will.”

With words like these, who wouldn’t want to send their teen to such a conference?  Who doesn’t want teens to be “inspired, equipped and unleashed to share their faith”?  I’m sure “that’s what will happen” at this conference.

I’m sure that this “will happen” because of the speakers, featuring Greg Stier, Zane Black, Propaganda, Shane & Shane, DJ Promote, and Clear Vision.

I’m sure that teens will be inspired “to share their faith.”  But this is a different inspiration than the one spoken of in Scripture.

Note these words from St. Peter, “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).

It’s not our faith we are to share, but the faith which we are to proclaim.  More specifically, it’s Christ!

St. Paul says it this way, “The righteousness of faith speaks in this way, ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:6, 8-10) [Italics mine].

I’m sure that a majority of the teens at the Dare 2 Share conference will be moved to action, but will it be the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ that they confess (James 2:1)?  Will they be emboldened to say what God has done in Christ for the sinner?  Of this I’m not so sure.

“Solid Biblical teaching” is hard to find these days.  In such a venue as Dare 2 Share and other cross-denominational groups and gatherings, the solid Biblical teaching which one seeks might, in reality, be quite lacking.

On the other hand, a watered-down Gospel and a lowest common denominator doctrine of Jesus is more likely to be advanced, with little or no mention of God’s means of Word, Holy Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper, or, if these are mentioned, they will likely be spoken of in a degrading, ungodly kind of way which is at odds with Holy Scripture.

I pray that this is not the case, that I am wrong, and that this conference and others like it are founded on nothing but the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ being the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20), but I have my doubts.

I would encourage teens to  receive Holy Communion on Sunday morning, and be fed with the Word of life, hearing that their sins are forgiven, that they partake of the very body and blood of Christ in the bread and the wine of the Lord’s Supper, rather than attend a “Dare 2 Share” conference, for in the Lord’s House, they can be sure of God’s grace and favor in Jesus Christ, and there, too, the Lord Himself preserves and strengthens their faith that they live for Him and “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples” (Psalm 96:3; Mark 5:19), not that they “share their faith,” but clearly confess Christ.  But, I’m guessing, many of the attendees (and the speakers) might be looking for something else other than this kind of Christ who gives Himself in Word and bread and wine.

In the end, it’s not about “my faith” at all.  This doesn’t save anyone.  Christ does!

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