Testimonies are popular because preaching Christ and the gospel has become not just unnecessary, but “boring” to many evangelicals.
“After 1520 an evangelical was a person who was committed to the sufficiency of scripture, the priesthood of all believers, the total lostness of humans, the sole mediation of Christ, the gracious efficacy and finality of God’s redemptive work in Christ through election, propitiation, calling and keeping.”
Paul connects three of his major themes in his epistles: Godâ€™s grace in election, redemption and sanctification. We are his own chosen possession, redeemed and cleansed from all our sins and uncleannesses, and as elect and redeemed people, we are to live godly and righteous lives in this present age while waiting for our blessed hope in the age to come.
A friend, pastor of an evangelical church in Baclaran, ParaÃ±aque, Metro Manila, received a comment on his blog from a devotee of the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran. The comment has echoes of the evangelical mindset of big numbers and budgets as indicators of success and God’s blessing.
Beneath Matthewâ€™s genealogy is the story of Godâ€™s salvation plan through Abraham, David, and Christ. Notice that the record includes not only Jews, but also a few Gentiles, all of them women who had tarnished reputations. But as Paul says, all those who are Christâ€™s are Abrahamâ€™s offspring, heirs according to promise (Gal 3:29).
Dr. Michael Horton, in the latest White Horse Inn broadcast (“Christianity Confronts Islam”) on November 29, 2009, interviewed Muslim scholar and former professor of Shari’ah law Sam Solomon, who had to flee his own country after his conversion to Christianity.
Calvin carried on a very extensive correspondence throughout his ministry, writing to people and churches he knew and even to those he did not know. He answered theological questions, offered advice to troubled churches, encouraged pastors and friends, and wrote letters of consolation to those in distress.