What it means to follow Jesus

A farmer plows his field, sows the seed, and fertilizes and cultivates—all the while knowing that in the final analysis he is utterly dependent on forces outside of himself. He knows he cannot cause the seed to germinate, nor can he produce the rain and sunshine for growing and harvesting the crop. For a successful harvest, he is dependent on these things from God. Yet the farmer knows that unless he diligently pursues his responsibilities to plow, plant, fertilize, and cultivate, he cannot expect a harvest at the end of the season. In a sense he is in a partnership with God, and he will reap its benefits only when he has fulfilled his own responsibilities.

Farming is a joint venture between God and the farmer. The farmer cannot do what God must do, and God will not do what the farmer should do. We can say just as accurately that the pursuit of holiness is a joint venture between God and the Christian. No one can attain any degree of holiness without God working in his life, but just as surely no one will attain it without effort on his own part. God has made it possible for us to walk in holiness. But He has given to us the responsibility of doing the walking; He does not do that for us.

We Christians greatly enjoy talking about the provision of God, how Christ defeated sin on the cross and gave us His Holy Spirit to empower us to victory over sin. But we do not as readily talk about our own responsibility to walk in holiness. ~ Jerry Bridges, ‘The Pursuit of Holiness’

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:12-13

Coast Men’s Convention July 3 2010

A mate of mine is on the Board for the Coast Men’s Convention held on the Central Coast just up from Sydney. The theme this year is “Band of Brothers”. John Chapman is the main speaker. There are also a number of break out sessions available covering topics such as:

  • How to have an affair (how not to!) Ian Barnett
  • Rites of passage (from boyhood to Manhood) Steve Allen
  • Depression (we each face it in one way or another) David Lienert
  • Secret Mens’ Business Bob Silberman
  • Spark up your marriage (we can all learn in this area) Tony & Julie Heywood

You can each attend 2 seminars, unless you elect ‘How to have an affair (how not to!)’, which is a double length session.

Here’s a copy of the promo video.

When I Do Not Desire God

How do you fight for joy in your Christian Life? Unless you approach it from a correct understanding of the victory achieved by Christ, you are lost.

Download (& Read!) the full book by John Piper, “When I Don’t Desire God” in PDF.