LEGIT: Salvation in Christ Alone (Isaiah 52-53)

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3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (mp3)
3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (handout).pdf
3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (ppt).ppt
3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (outline).doc
3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (small groups).doc
3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (service).doc
The big question is: Are you a LEGIT Christian? The answer is: only if you truly are IN Christ. But why? What makes Jesus so special that He is the only way of salvation? Is that arrogant, narrow-minded, and intolerant for Christians to even say? When you take a look at Isaiah 52 – 53, it really all comes together. We see the person of Christ, the death of Christ, and the resurrection of Christ…which is the ONLY means possible that God could save sinners. Jesus death is not for our pity…but it is for His own glory, His Lordship, our faith, our sin, our punishment, and our salvation. Our reponse to Jesus’ bloody, gruesome, excruciating, and brutal death is not for us to feel so sorry for Him that we just follow Him out of obligation. Rather, we see the loving grace of God, the wrath of God against sin, the person of Jesus, our need for repentance, our call to faith, and our command to confess Jesus’ Lordship. Is your faith in Jesus so LEGIT that you would follow Him not matter might be thought toward you, said about you, or done to you? This entire message, I believe, is the single most defining and monumental challenge I’ve ever given our student ministry…to be LEGIT!

Seminary and Student Ministry (part 2): The importance of teaching on CHRIST in student ministry

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“The Integrative Motif of all of Scripture: What is the first and final thought of God?”

The absolute most important truth I learned in seminary was the integrative motif to all systematic theology.  “What the heck is that, and what in the world would it have to do with student ministry?”  I’m glad you asked!  Our integrative motif is that central theme that we constantly teach, we constantly come back to, and we try to hammer into the teens heads every time we stand up to speak. Here are a couple things about an integrative motif: Continue reading