Emergent ‘Theology’ in Three Frames

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Originally posted on Zwinglius Redivivus:
Everything you need to know about the ‘theology’ of the emergent movement you will find in these three frames:

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Krummacher: “Draw nigh to Jesus”

Above all things, therefore, let us draw nigh to Jesus as our sole and everlasting High Priest, as our Mediator, Surety, and Ransom. “Without shedding of blood there is no remission.” “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.” The saints above “have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” O delay no longer, therefore, to follow their example! Jesus, in his crown of thorns and bleeding wounds, must be the object of your love and the ground of your hope, or else he is nothing to you, and you are in danger of eternal perdition.

-Krummacher, The Suffering Saviour, 15

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From Today’s Sermon

This is from today’s sermon on Matthew 5:21-22:

We need to have a healthy awareness of God’s grace and love at work in us through Christ. But we will only have this awareness if we first have an awareness of how much we need God’s grace and love to work in us through Christ.

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Sermon Starter: Psalm 1

I preach through Psalm 1 once a year. This is the outline I used a few years ago. Remember that a sermon is not a sermon until it’s preached so you’ll have to have more than this to preach it but this one received a good response so I put it here for my readers to use as guides for their own.

Psalm 1

Exegetical Idea: The contrast between those who practice righteousness and the wicked is demonstrated in their ultimate end.

Homiletical Idea: Enjoy the blessings of the Lord.

1. Be blessed by practicing righteousness (1-2).

  • The righteous do not live as the ungodly and do not find pleasure in the ways of the wicked (1).
  • The righteous find pleasure in knowing and keeping God’s Law (2).
  • The righteous will be fruitful in their obedience (1a, 3).

Application summary: We must avoid the temptation to see this blessing wholly in terms defined by this world. The righteous are not always blessed with material prosperity but enjoy the covenant blessings in the age to come. Those who are truly righteous find delight in keeping God’s Law, not in using obedience as a tool to manipulate God to receive earthly blessings (e.g., the prosperity teachers).

2. Be blessed by realizing the futility of a life without God (4-5).

  • The ungodly live lives of no lasting or eternal value (4).
  • The ungodly will not enjoy the blessings of the righteous (5).

Application summary: The psalmist is not necessarily speaking of those who commit gross or heinous sin, but of those who live without God. The lives of the ungodly often have value in this world and they often teach even the righteous things that bring joy and help in this life. The psalmist, however, is speaking in eternal terms. Without God there is truly no hope and all is vanity: emptiness and meaningless.

3. Be blessed by remembering your ultimate end (6).

  • The Lord orders the way of the righteous to bring blessing to them (6a).
  • The Lord allows the ungodly to go to their end (6b).

Application summary: The ungodly will not enjoy the eternal blessings the righteous will enjoy; their joy and the fruit of their legacy will not last beyond this life. The righteous, however, not only have their lives ordered by the lord in this life, he faithfully keeps his covenant promises and brings them through the Day of Judgment to enjoy eternal blessing.

Conclusion: Augustine begins his exposition of this psalm by stating: “This psalm is about our Lord Jesus Christ, the God-Man.” As New Testament believers we read this psalm and recognize that Christ is the ultimate righteous man who despised evil and delighted in God’s law. The righteous will stand in the Day of Judgment and not perish because of Christ.

 

 

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A Prayer for the Second Sunday after Christmas

Christ laid aside his glory and became human that we might share in his glory.00002322

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully
restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may
share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share
our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

Source

Art: St. Savin – Apostles in Glory (1040-1090) Abbaye de Saint Savin, Vienne, France

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A Prayer for the First Sunday after Christmas

Jesus is the Light of the World. May we shine his Light into the darkness of this world.B_FirstSundayofAdvent

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of
your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our
hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Source

ArtMajestas, Comper, Ninian, 1864-1960.

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A Prayer for Christmas

As we remember the Christ-Child, may we also remember that will return as Righteous Judge and trust in Him as Redeemer so that we will not fear the Day of Judgment.6444759299_025e984b0f

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth
of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully
receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence
behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.

Source

Art: Petrus Christus, Annunciation; Nativity; Last judgment. Berlin, 1452.

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