I heard a great quote this week from Jerry Wragg, pastor of Grace Immanuel Baptist Church in Jupiter, Florida. In fact, it came from an equally edifying sermon that is embedded below. Said Wragg,
We are raising a generation of Christians who love to talk about Reformed theology but [who] lack genuine love.
In its immediate context, I think Wragg was referring to those “young, restless, and Reformed” folk who like to flaunt their alcohol consumption, tattoos, and coarse language. At the same time, I think we do well to take this thought into deeper consideration as it refers to those of us who hold to the doctrines of grace. As I’ve heard another wise pastor say, and I am paraphrasing, it often seems as though those who hold to the doctrines of grace fail to show much grace. The irony is, if we truly believe in the doctrines of grace, we of all people should be filled with love and grace for others, just as Christ has demonstrated His love, grace, and mercy to us undeserved sinners.
Let’s be mindful, then, of keeping our spiritual pride in check. Let’s be mindful that we do not forget God’s grace in our attempts to proclaim and uphold the gospel, because without grace, there is no gospel.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
- “Revival is not a special event to win the lost.”
- 144,000 means 144,000. Yeah, I know it seems complicated, but it’s not.
- “We made up the weekend the same way we made up the week.” Um…”we”?…”made up”? (HT to Peter for this one!)
- I can honestly say that I’ve never been late for work due to llamas.
- Both of these men need the gospel.
- For those ladies who were unable to attend the Answers for Women conference last month, audio downloads are now available as a package, or for each individual session.
- I love the organ, so let’s find some new church homes for these!
- Good thoughts for Christian writers.