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In Desiring God by John Piper,Gray Areas,Perspective on September 21, 2011 by The Spillover

Gray area/serious/pay-attention time.

I couldn’t pass by these sentences from “Desiring God” by John Piper without sharing them. If you have an opinion on the matter, feel free to comment. If not, just take a moment to reflect on these thoughts.

It is humanly manageable to make decisions of the will for Christ. No supernatural power is required to pray prayers, sign cards, walk aisles, or even stop sleeping around. Those are good. They just don’t prove anything spiritual has happened. Christian conversion, on the other hand, is a supernatural, radical thing. The heart is changed. And the evidence of it is not just new decisions, but new affections, new feelings.

Negatively, the apostle Paul says that those who go on in the same old way of “hostility,” “jealousy,” “rage,” and “envy” “will not inherit the kingdom of God” (see Galatians 5:20-21). These are all feelings. They must change. The [person] will not get to heaven unless they do. Positively, Christians are commanded to have God-honoring feelings. We are commanded to feel joy (Philippians 4:4), hope (Psalm 42:5), fear (Luke 12:5), peace (Colossians 3:15), zeal (Romans 12:11), grief (Romans 12:15), desire (1 Peter 2:2), tenderheartedness (Ephesians 4:32), and brokenness and contrition (James 4:9).

-Desiring God, Piper, pp. 89-90


The Simple Answer

In Gray Areas,Sermon Spillover,Soul Food on January 18, 2011 by The Spillover


Pastor Dave used these words on Sunday to describe the type of givers we, as Christ-followers, ought to be. We are to cheerfully give a generous proportion of our resources, in an intentional way, trusting by faith that God will not only take care of us when we give sacrificially, but that He will use those resources to bless others in the way that He sees fit.

The challenge to us is to live as givers.

That’s a nice, proper, church-y phrase, isn’t it?

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