Posted tagged ‘Idolatry’

Christopher Wright on Confronting Idols and Making Disciples

July 20, 2011

Christopher J.H. Wright is the author of two significant recent works related to mission, namely The Mission of God and The Mission of God’s People.  Last November, he sat down with Bill Kinnon and crew to discuss his plenary address from Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.  In the excerpt below, Wright explains how confronting idols is crucial to the mission and how making disciples is ground zero. Check it out.

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Darrin Patrick at Southeastern Seminary

April 13, 2010

Last week, Darrin Patrick spoke three times at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and they have no posted the videos of his messages and Q&A.  Darrin is a brother whom I have had the privilege of getting to know over the past couple of years, and I encourage those of you who are seeking to cultivate gospel centrality in your life and church should lay hold of his messages from The Journey (and elsewhere).

Here are the videos from SEBTS this past week:

Gospel-Centered Preaching

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Mining for Idols

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Open Forum

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Heart Idolatry and the Gospel Seed

November 19, 2009

The gospel is the power of God unto salvation, and that power is demonstrated in all three tenses of our salvation–justification, sanctification, and glorification.  The finished work of the gospel is not just our conversion but our complete transformation that takes place from one degree of glory to another until we are completed conformed into the image of Jesus Christ.  We are formed by the gospel, daily transformed by the gospel, and conformed ultimately through the gospel.  All of this the work of Jesus in and through us, that is, Christ in us, the hope of glory.

Paul explains the continuing work of the gospel in his introductory remarks to the Colossian church, commending them for how they have and continue to embrace the gospel.  He writes,

Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth (Col. 1:5-6).

Paul likens the gospel to a seed that has been planted (which has come to you) and continues to blossom in their lives (is bearing fruit and growing).  He is saying that the great work of the gospel does not end when “you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth” but rather you continue to hear it, believe it, understanding it, and treasure it throughout your life.  The gospel seed is to increasingly impact our lives as it powerfully produces the fruit of Christ-likeness in our words, our thoughts, our affections, our decisions, our relationships, our mission, and the entirety of our lives.