Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Morning Devotional for Men's Retreat


2013 Calvary Baptist Church-- Men's Retreat
Romans 12:1-2

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Paul exhorts believers to present themselves as living sacrifices in response to the lifegiving goodness of God's mercy. He then immediately instructs us how we are to go about this “spiritual act of worship”. Paul outlines the situation every believer will face: the temptation to not fight against the world, the temptation to fight against the work of God, and the primary means by which God will conform the mind of believers perfectly to the image of Christ.

Do not be conformed to the world but be transformed

The phrases “be conformed” and “be transformed” in the original Greek are both in the passive imperative tense. They could be better understood as “do not let yourself be conformed” and “let yourself be transformed”. This is an important distinction as we look at this passage. For a Christian, a born-again new creation, living in a world that is still groaning for its redemption filled with people who are still enslaved to the prince of this world, this life is a swim against the current. Add to that the sin nature that, while no longer reigning in our life still bears some residual effect, we are like a salmon looking to spawn. It is a struggle to get to where we desire to be. And like that salmon, if we stop struggling to get upstream, the current will grab us and lead us back to the place we started at the bottom of the stream. This is why Paul exhorts the believers to not allow themselves to be conformed to the pattern of the world, which stands in stark contrast to the ways of the Lord. He knows, and we should quickly learn, that there is no standing still in the Christian life. Either you are pressing forward to the prize awaiting you or you are sliding back to the place from whence you have come.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Saturday Morning Devotional for Men's Retreat


2013 Calvary Baptist Church-- Men's Retreat
Romans 12:1-2
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Lesslie Newbigin states, “The Christian story provides us with such a set of lenses, not something for us to look at, but for us to look through.”1 Paul says as much in Romans 12:1, when he looks back on his rich exposition of the doctrine of justification in chapters 1–11 and states, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices.” Scripture teaches that the gospel creates an entire way of life and affects literally everything about us. It is a power (Rom 1:16–17) that creates new life in us (Col 1:5–6; 1 Pet 1:23–25).2
It is just and proper that we should love, worship and reverence him by whom we have been redeemed, and from whom we have received the greatest benefits, and that we should declare our love and gratitude by our obedience and good works. God deserves our obedience and worship on account of the benefits which he confers upon us. We do not merit his benefits by anything that we do. Hence our gratitude, which shows itself by our obedience and good works, is due unto God for his great benefits.3

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Hypostatic Union



The Hypostatic Union
written by shai linne
produced by Die-Rek

Chorus

I know it's deep but when you peep you'll find it's dense
Jesus both God and man, two hundred percents
Fully divine, fully human 
Introducing: The Hypostatic Union (repeat)

Verse 1

Our topic of discussion is beyond human comprehension
The infinite God has made a super condescension
The kind of entrance nobody could have anticipated
Precipitated by the evil we participated
In- through Adam and Eve our first kin
Cursed when they committed the first sin
Only if you have the Holy Spirit's antennas
Can you truly understand fallen man's dilemma
See, only a human can substitute for human lives
But only God can take the wrath of God and survive
See the humanly unsolvable obstacle?
With God all is plausible, nothing's impossible
True haters'll fight it but the story is certain
Two natures united in one glorious person
Jesus, the God-Man, official soul reaper
The hypostatic union- it gets no deeper

Chorus

I know it's deep but when you peep you'll find it's dense
Jesus both God and man, two hundred percents
Fully divine, fully human 
Introducing: The Hypostatic Union (repeat)

Verse 2

The Son of God: 100% divinity
Self-existent second Person of the Trinity
Magisterial Imperial at the helm
Infinitely transcending this material realm 
He's so original, getting to know Him is pivotal
Behold the invincible prototypical Holy Principal
Possessor of all divine attributes
The omnis, wisdom, grace, beauty, love, wrath and truth
He's the One that all creation was made through
And by Him, the earth's foundation was laid, too
Ask the angels, they saw it on pay-per-view
Created Satan too, matter of fact He created you 
And nothing can escape Jesus' sovereign rule
From the farthest galaxy to the smallest molecule
So who deserves to gain fame?
By the word of His power the universe is maintained
In other words, put the cosmos back on the shelf
Without Christ, reality would collapse on itself
Jesus, the marvelous Author of all consciousness
Beyond what the sharpest biologist acknowledges
He needs no archeologists or smart apologists
He sees all hearts: Omnipresent Cardiologist
Master of Logic, Macrocosmic Novelist
Following any other god is just preposterous!

Chorus

I know it's deep but when you peep you'll find it's dense
Jesus both God and man, two hundred percents
Fully divine, fully human 
Introducing: The Hypostatic Union (repeat)

Verse 3

The Son of Man 100% humanity
The mind stretches to understand how can it be?
You gotta see what He does
Becoming what He wasn't while never ceasing to be what He was
Is your mind flipping? That got you tripping? Me too
But the Scripture is true- peep Philippians 2
By faith we believe this amazing Jesus
Who made Uranus and Venus became a fetus
It's such a secret that few if anybody knew it
Months later, He's covered in amniotic fluid
The subject of the gospels, praise of Apostles
Armed with eye sockets, arm pits and nostrils?
Who is this Jesus? God clothed in human weakness
Super sweetness and peace for the true believers
See the One who never tires knocked out sleeping
See the Source of eternal joy weeping
Which one can explain how the Son abundant with fame
Who made thunder and rain now has hunger pains?
See the Creator of water become thirsty
On the cross when He saves from the slaughter the unworthy
My awe should be sky high and I ought to just cry, "Why?"
with water in my eyes when the Author of Life dies
Raised on the third, God man- soul seeker
The hypostatic union- it gets no deeper

Chorus

I know it's deep but when you peep you'll find it's dense
Jesus both God and man, two hundred percents
Fully divine, fully human 
Introducing: The Hypostatic Union (repeat)