Pastor on the Hot Seat

This week, we tried to do our best to answer some questions people had during this series. If you don’t like my answers, get in touch with me and we can chat about it either by BBM-ing me (Blackberry Messenger is on Apple and Android now so there is no excuse!  Here is my PIN: 2B61151C ) or follow me on Facebook or Twitter @Bruxy.  By the way, we also have an App you can download with all our messages, Podcasts, and posts. Isn’t technology fun?!

Here are some of the things we talked about.

1. If we are born sinful and in need of Jesus, isn’t that unfair? Isn’t God
responsible for my brokenness and need?

2. If “agape” is all give, why do compassion organizations say giving
alone creates dependency?

3. How do I give the gift of love and not become a doormat?
Love (agape) will always lead to what is best for all involved: God,
others, and us. Matthew 22:37-40

4. If you can’t forgive yourself for something, can God still forgive you?

5. Are humans basically good, bad, or neutral? What is your answer to
this question?

6. You mentioned the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16) isn’t
about hell as a final destination – is that what all Christians believe?

7. Why is John’s gospel so different from the other three? Were the
four gospel writers really talking about the same Jesus?
John 3:24, 11:2

8. If Jesus is the only way, truth, and life, how can we say babies will go
to heaven when they die? They never come to faith in him.
John 3:36

9. Given that God is all-powerful, all-knowing and infinite, how much of
a sacrifice was it for him to suffer through the finite punishment of
torture and death, knowing that he would come back to life?

10. Does John contradict himself when he says Jesus was baptizing and
then later says Jesus wasn’t baptizing?

11. How can we choose faith in Christ when Paul says “no one is
righteous” and “no one seeks God” (Romans 3:10-12)?

12. But isn’t faith a work?

13. Doesn’t Ezekiel 36:25-27 and 2 Corinthians 5:17 point to God’s
monergistic (unilateral) work in saving us, apart from our faith?

14. Why isn’t it more obvious that Christians have been “born again” and
have had something miraculous happen inside them?

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He must increase, but I must decrease

At the The Meeting House, we are working through through the Gospel of John in our series Life 2.0. (We will keep coming back to the Gospel of John from time to time in various series over the next few years. Sometimes it is good to just “Slow Jam” the Bible.)

This week we unpacked John 3: 22 – 4:2. Here we find the disciples of John in a bit of a snit over the fact that a guy over the Jordan (Jesus) was stealing all their thunder. John’s answer represents a very important inner climate that we can all learn from: “He must become greater, I must become less”  or the more classic “He Must Increase, but I must decrease.”

This one line tells us that John not only understood the importance of “this man named Jesus” (see what I did there?  this is the name of our upcoming Easter Series…), but also that he had a realistic acceptance of his own role in the unfolding drama. It takes real humility and open eyes to come to this conclusion. It’s an attitude I think we all need to cultivate.  Do we self promote and seek our own image at the expense of a greater good? Do we hold on too tightly to our images, ministries, success fantasies, roles, or jobs at the expense of something new God is going to do even though it requires that we step back? Do we have an over-inflated sense of our own importance in whatever we are doing? Are we afraid to end things because it seems like failure? Do we hold too tightly to our image so that it holds us back from serving Jesus and letting him be preeminent in our lives and in our conversations?

Lots to think about.
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