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City Blog: May 2015

May 29, 2015

Path to Spiritual Growth

Benjamin Spalink
One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is Colossians 3:1-17.  In it, Paul describes what a response to the Gospel of Jesus' kingship looks like - a continual life-long process of putting off the old and putting on the new. This passage is so rich I believe it could lay a foundation for continual sanctification for an entire lifetime. At every moment of our lives, we should be asking two questions - what am I being called to die to? And, what am I called to come alive to?  And all of that is based on grace - on the new reality of who ...
May 20, 2015

Reformed Charismatic

Benjamin Spalink
I'm prepping for Pentecost, preaching on John 16:5-15 and realizing that Christianity without pneumatology is actually not Christocentric.  Reformed Charismatic is really the best kind of Reformed to be.  Think about it - If you believe in Jesus but don't appreciate the ongoing supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, you're essentially declining to accept from Jesus the most important gift he gives - that of his continued voice and presence in your life!  You could read the text as Jesus suggesting that having the Spirit is BETTER than having ...
May 08, 2015

Steps towards spiritual growth? Try again

Benjamin Spalink
Ten steps towards spiritual growth.  A program of discipleship.  The sinner's prayer. I could go on and on. A model for church growth. Tell me how to inherit eternal life, the rich young ruler said to Jesus (Mark 10:17). A natural question, really. Isn't that what we want? Instructions!  Steps. A formula to follow. The older I get, the more I encounter the utter failure of programs and steps and models.  The world is so much more complicated, isn't it? Nothing works as it's supposed to. You try the steps and realize the heart of what you're ...
May 04, 2015

The Transforming Effects of Jesus' Lordship

Benjamin Spalink
Colossians is about one thing: the lordship and supremacy of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In Christ is All David Bryant suggests that the current malaise in the American church is a crisis of supremacy.  Folks, including most Christians, simply don’t appreciate Jesus for who he is and for all he is. His book is essentially a doxology to Jesus, urging Christians to rediscover the glory, majesty, authority, power, centrality and supremacy of Jesus Christ. In our current sermon series on Colossians, we’re discovering this glorious Lord and ...

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