Last week we watched the opening session of the Reformation Montana 2014 Conference held this past June 19th. Pastor Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith shared a message regarding how we are to teach our children how to read the Word of God.
Justin Peters is a Reformed Baptist whose ministry focuses on practicing Biblical Discernment. He was born with cerebral palsy and the story of how he came into this focus of ministry stems from his early encounter with the empty promises of self-proclaimed “Faith Healers”. In this presentation, Justin teaches concerning the importance of Biblical Discernment and how important it is for the Body of Christ. He also addresses some of the common objections that Christians will raise against those who practice Biblical Discernment.
One of the rabbit trails at 25:50 (through about the 34min mark) bears some mentioning. There is a bit of “inside ball” that gets played within the Reformed Camp (particularly between Presbyterian Reformed and Baptist Reformed) regarding being “truly saved” and only going through the motions. Lutherans, Weslyans, and Pentecostals will probably disagree with Justin completely based on the Reformed argument being presented. There is room to discuss these doctrines under the banner of Sola Scriptura, but don’t let this derail the overall message and call to practicing Biblical Discernment in all things.
If you’d rather have an audio-only version, you can access them from the Reformation Montana 2014 website.
If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback please feel free to share.
Let us close with Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3.
Ephesians 3 (ESV)
The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed
3 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
Prayer for Spiritual Strength
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Amen, indeed. May God bless you and keep you until the Day of Christ’s Return,