Romans 8 explains that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. To simplify it – on such a hot day – I have three headings: 1) Suffering 2) Sovereignty 3) Certainty.
The Christian Life is not the Bargain Bin
We should not think about the Christian life as that which was pulled out of the bargain bin. It’s not less, it’s more.
The more we progress in the sanctification that is promoted by exposure to the Word of God, the more we see the hidden motives of our heart. Indeed this is one of the purposes of Scripture: For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). The Holy Spirit uses Scripture to perform heart surgery, which exposes the whys behind the whats of our behavior.
John Piper tackles this question, so if you have ever wondered, click the link.
Is church membership biblical? Is it merely an optional choice for some people? Where exactly do we find the answer to this important question?