This may be one of the most important things we’ve done at Doxa. Starting October 7th during our times of gathered worship we are listening to and discussing the grand, redemptive, remarkable Story of God together. Tell your friends. This one will raise some eyebrows and open some eyes.
Join us to discuss the Story of God.
Our http://doxafellowship.org/?p=844 takes on one of the great lies of American Christianity, that by having the name “Christian,” by going to church, by making a decision to believe in Jesus, by being good, we are safe in the arms of God. We are believing a lie. How does God define what a true believer in Christ is? Why is being a good church member one of great spiritual dangers of our time? What can we do about it? How can we really follow Jesus?
Join us the first four weeks in July for “Christians Are Going To Hell.”
I just finished listening to “The Gift of a Crooked Stick: The Life of William Cowper” Part 1 & Part 2 (source) from Dr. Bryan Chapell & the Living Christ Today podcast. Wonderfully done, thought-provoking, meditative, sad, & redemptive. I encourage you to listen. Here’s my transcript of the closing words from Bryan Chapell in Part 2…
What we are, what we shall be, is only a result not of what’s in our hands to do, what we can hold on to, what we can claim, but the sole fact that in our weakness, in our lowliness, in our being despicable, Christ alone is all in all. He is our only righteousness, holiness, and redemption.
What that means for you, and for me I suppose, is that when I look at somebody with the frailties and the failures of William Cowper, I begin to rejoice in this: If God could use such a feeble man, if God could use such a crooked stick to draw such wonderfully straight and beautiful lines, then He can use me and you. Despite our frailty and our weakness and our difficulties. I look at William Cowper and I recognize you don’t have to have a great reputation or even a great faith, not a spotless record or a shining reputation, not a great past, not even a great future, to be greatly used. William Cowper tells me that the instruments of God’s plan do not have to be well suited to that plan to be well used in it. And when I face my failures, when I know I have not done what I should as I should, even find myself despicable, I can say, “But God can still use you. After all, He used William Cowper.” It really is a surprising grace, in the worst of spots, the place we least expect it, that God would use such a one. In God’s use of this desparing poet, I just learn there’s hope for my use by God.
Encourage you to listen to my friend Joe Thorn talking about being Gospel-Centered and about his book, Note To Self.
Helpful thoughts from David Powlison…
Pastor Jonathan Dodson, who wrote a helpful book we use at Doxa called Fight Clubs, has a series of posts on leading Gospel conversations. I encourage you to read them and use them as you bring the Gospel to your neighbors. Jonathan bases the series on David Powlison’s counseling mantra: 1) Listen to Their Story 2) Empathize with Their Story 3) Redemptively Retell Their Story.
Pastor Steve begins a sermon series through the book of Philippians on August 22nd called Joy, Unstoppable.
Paul’s New Testament letter to the church in Philippi has been called the letter of “Joy.” It’s simple yet profoundly helpful in knowing Christ & the Gospel-driven life.
Join us Sundays at 10:30am in Autumn. The weeks ahead will break down something like this. Read ahead with us.
(Schedule subject to change)
8.22 Philippians 1:1-11
8.29 Philippians 1:12-18a
9.5 Philippians 1:18b-26
9.12 Philippians 1:27-30
9.19 Philippians 2:1-11
9.26 Philippians 2:12-18
10.3 Philippians 2:19-30
10.10 Philippians 3:1-11
10.17 Philippians 3:12-16
10.24 Philippians 3:17-4:1
10.31 Stand Alone Sermon
11.7 Philippians 4:2-9
11.14 Philippians 4:10-23
Brent Thomas, pastor of Church of the Cross in the Phoenix suburbs, posts on his blog “Your Home Is Not Your Refuge.” An excerpt…
We do everything we can to “protect” our home. We view it as a “safe place.” We open it only at certain times and to certain people. It is our refuge.
I’m not necessarily saying that you need to go out right now and find someone to live with you, though you might. I’m not saying that you should have people over every night of the week and have a strict, “open-door” policy, though I can say that most of us need more nudging in this direction. What I am saying is that I do think that most of us need to re-think our understanding and use of our homes.