Tag Archives: Faith

“At the Feet of Jesus” in 5 Tweets

A recap of guest speaker Mike Zander’s message “At the Feet of Jesus” in 140 characters or less.

  1. What’s your reaction when confronted by your sin? #NewMorningProvo
  2. It’s not the number or the gravity of our sins that matter, but whether we are willing to acknowledge them. #NewMorningProvo
  3. We talk too much. Genuine repentance is displayed in our actions (cf. Luke 7:38). #NewMorningProvo
  4. “Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace” (Luke 7:50). #NewMorningProvo
  5. Which character best represents you in the account found in Luke 7:36-50—the broken woman or the self-righteous Pharisee? #NewMorningProvo

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“How to Run a Race” in 5 Tweets

A recap of my message “How to Run a Race” (from the series “Jesus Is Better”) in 140 characters or less.

  1. “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient” (1 Corinthians 10:23). #NewMorningProvo
  2. “Stop asking, ‘is this a sin,’ and ask ‘does this help me run?’” — @Ed_Goode #NewMorningProvo
  3. God doesn’t ask us to trust Him blindly. He has given us a written record of His activities and abilities in the Bible. #NewMorningProvo
  4. “For consider [Jesus]…lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews12:3). #NewMorningProvo
  5. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus…and the things of earth will grow strangely dim.” — Helen Lemmel, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” #NewMorningProvo

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“Noah: More than a Movie” in 5 Tweets

A recap of my message “Noah: More than a Movie” in 140 characters or less.

  1. Per the disclaimer, the #NoahMovie is not an accurate, point-by-point retelling of events. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC8xVgiFglY #NewMorningProvo
  2. The biblical account of #Noah (cf. Genesis 6-9) emphasizes that God judges sin and honors faith. #NewMorningProvo
  3. “For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). That means God still judges sin and still honors faith. #NewMorningProvo
  4. Russell Crowe’s character in #Noah is not the righteous man of faith from Genesis 6 and Hebrews 11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkTJm32bODs #NewMorningProvo
  5. “People will go to this film and enjoy it. Christians should be ready to engage with them.” — Dr. Jerry Johnson #NoahMovie #NewMorningProvo

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“Faith Perfected” in 5 Tweets

A recap of the message “Faith Perfected” (the conclusion to the series “Mountain Moving Faith”), preached by Bryant Rouse, in 140 characters or less.

  1. Old Testament believers saw only the shadow of the reality we have in Jesus (cf. Hebrews 10:1). #NewMorningProvo
  2. “God having provided some better thing for us” (Hebrews 11:40). That better thing is the finished work of Jesus. #NewMorningProvo
  3. Noah, Abraham, and Moses all looked forward to what we now have in Jesus (cf. Hebrews 11:39, 40). #NewMorningProvo
  4. Apart from Jesus there is no perfection. Perfection is only available through His completed work on the cross. #NewMorningProvo
  5. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). #NewMorningProvo

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“Faith Triumphs” in 5 Tweets

A recap of my message “Faith Triumphs” (from the series “Mountain Moving Faith”) in 140 characters or less.

  1. The ultimate triumph of faith is eternal, not temporal. #NewMorningProvo
  2. Faith triumphs over death (cf. Heb. 11:32-35a) and over the fear of death (cf. Heb. 11:35b-38)! #NewMorningProvo
  3. “Sir, don’t you understand that when you kill me you send me to glory? You cannot threaten me with glory.” — Josef Tson #NewMorningProvo
  4. “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). #NewMorningProvo
  5. You may not experience the blessings and successes of other believers now, but your faith will result in the same reward. #NewMorningProvo

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“Belief” Is More than “Beliefs” [Guest Post]

Because I work with and for churches to help people pursue God, and because I’ve been doing that for the last 30 years in an environment of radically different ideas about how to know and live for God, I’ve thought a lot about comparative faith and religion. One thing I’ve learned is that a person’s faith is never just a matter of what they believe. Of course, our beliefs about ultimate matters are important. We all have ideas, often strongly held, about the nature of God, the nature of human beings, and the relationship between the two. These ideas are likely to have both temporal and eternal consequences. But our beliefs never stand alone. They are always embedded in a deeper matrix of our culture and identity. In part, our identity is shaped by our beliefs. But our beliefs are also shaped by our identity and culture.

I’m trying to learn to ask questions not only about what people believe, but why people believe what they do. All of us have unexamined beliefs, ideas we hold as true without knowing or asking why we believe them. Sometimes we hold the ideas we have inherited from our family or larger culture for no other reason than that we have never been exposed to any alternative. But at times we cling to our inherited ideas because they lie close to the core of our identity. For example, in Thailand I encountered many people who dismissed the good news of Christianity because for them, to be Thai was to be Buddhist. Their sense of identity was so fixed that new ideas threatened it. That can be true of any of us, and illustrates what I mean when I say that our beliefs are often shaped by identity and culture.

Culture shapes not only what we believe is true, but also how we think about truth in the first place. In America, we tend to view truth as a private matter that each person has the right to determine for him or herself. But some cultures have a communal understanding of truth: it may be determined by a group of leaders and is upheld by everyone in the community. Personally, I understand truth to be derived from God’s written word, as properly and rationally interpreted and experientially applied. If an idea or experience doesn’t measure up to the standard of Scripture, I reject it. But in some cultures, truth is derived by experience first. If ideas, however compelling or rational, don’t confirm the experience, those ideas are rejected.

I’m certainly not saying that truth is culturally determined. There is “true truth” out there, independent of any individual or cultural construct. But our cultural experience dictates to a great extent how we go about searching for the truth and how we decide when or whether we have found it.

Here’s the application of what I’m saying: it may not be as simple as we thought to talk to each other about truth. We don’t hold our beliefs in the abstract, apart from our culture and sense of identity. We evaluate ideas, not as disembodied heads, but as complete persons who feel and choose as well as believe. This calls for patience and deeper understanding as we learn to ask not only what others believe but also why.

Ross Anderson is a teaching pastor at Alpine Church, a multisite church in northern Utah.  He is also the director of Utah Advance Ministries, dedicated to advancing healthy churches in Utah’s unique cultural setting.

“Faith Conquers” in 5 Tweets

A recap of my message “Faith Conquers” (from the series “Mountain Moving Faith”) in 140 characters or less.

  1. Faith conquers wicked adversaries and worldly allegiances. #NewMorningProvo
  2. It wasn’t the tactics of the Israelites that brought them victory but their trust in the God who is victorious! #NewMorningProvo
  3. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) #NewMorningProvo
  4. Rahab’s faith led to action. It’s hard to meet the “God in heaven above” (Joshua 2:11) and not be changed. #NewMorningProvo
  5. “…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). #NewMorningProvo

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