The famous football coach Vince Lombardi believed that if his team could learn two things they would win football games. Just two things were the key to winning games? What about a thick and complex playbook? Don’t you need the fastest running backs and the most agile quarterbacks? Well, according to Vince Lombardi all you need to learn and execute are two things: blocking and tackling. If he could get his players to do those two things better than anyone else then they would win football games.
The Christian life points us in this direction as well. Not that we need to learn how to block and tackle, but there are two basic skills that are so foundational to life that we will be at a great loss if we don’t learn them. There are two things that Read more
The gospel provides rest from all of our burdens, anxieties and fears because the gospel is founded upon the character of God. This is the God, the great I AM, the sustainer of all things, ruler over the entire universe and everything else.
The gospel says that God is taking what is broken beyond our ability to fix and fixing it; the gospel is God taking our sinfully dead hearts and bringing them back to life through the life, death, resurrection and reign of Christ. Read more
This sounds basic but many people read a devotional written by someone else. There might be a verse or passage in the beginning or end of the devotional but the bulk of the material comes from the author. Now there is nothing wrong with reading devotionals written by human authors. Two of my favorites are Paul Tripp and John Piper. However, nothing is better than just reading a passage out of your own Bible. I’m sure these two authors would encourage you to read more the Word than their own words.
2. Study for Yourself.
Pouring over the Scriptures yourself is life giving. Some people are literally afraid to read the Bible because they might not understand it all. God has written the Bible in such a way that anyone can understand its basic meaning. The Scriptures contain God’s grace to you, and you do not want to miss out on receiving it.
3. Listen to God.
I’ve never heard God speak in an audible voice to me but He has given me his Word, the Bible. God wants to speak to you and His best medium is through the Bible. When you prayerfully go through the Scriptures you will begin to experience and hear God speaking truth into your life, He will speak comforting words to your hurting heart and He will give you wisdom to make difficult decisions.
The Lord wants to hear from you as well. Don’t be afraid to pour out your heart to God. All your thoughts, emotions, struggles, hardships, joys, pains, thanksgivings and praise. God wants to hear it all. I love praying the Scriptures back to God for myself and for others. To keep me focused while I pray I write in a journal.
In this episode I interview Erik Bonkovsky. Eric is a Princeton and Westminster Grad, former Young Life Area Director and now pastor at City Church in Richmond, VA. Listen as Eric talks to us about being a gospel centered pastor and leader.
Does this describe some of the people you work with? Do you ever feel like motivating people is an impossible task? Leading people is extremely difficult, leading apathetic people, well, that can be completely frustrating. So, what’s a leader to do? Here are some Read more