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The Messiah's Authoritative Deliverance

At this time of year, we as Protestants make it a point to celebrate the Reformation as we praise God for the work of men like Luther, Melanchthon, Calvin, and others. For Martin Luther, the root issue of the Reformation was man’s bondage to sin and his inability to make himself right before God. This is one of the reasons why Luther penned, “The Bondage of the Will” and why our dependence on God for salvation is so profoundly important. The point cannot be stated more clearly—we desperately need Jesus. Read More

The Messiah's Authoritative Discipleship

Saying we’re committed to Christ is easier than actually being committed to Christ. Especially in a culture that doesn’t openly persecute Christians, we can claim commitment because it gains us status, contacts, or influence. We may also delay acting on our commitment until a time when it might fit better into our schedule. These temptations are real, and they reveal hearts that may not be as committed as our mouths declare. Those who claim Christ out of convenience may be among the first to reject Him when persecution begins. And those who pursue Christ when it’s convenient will find that discipleship is rarely convenient. Following Christ is not about mere words; it’s a lifestyle that demands radical and immediate commitment and sacrifice. May God grant us to be true disciples who resolutely commit our lives to Him. - Pastor Rory Martin Read More

The Messiah's Authoritative Healing

We live in a world where Jesus is increasingly seen as a good moral teacher, but nothing more. In fact, even as Christians, we can be guilty of functionally denying that Christ was anything more than a good moral teacher. This happens, in particular, when we dismiss His teachings as merely a good idea instead of authoritative revelation. Matthew 8:1-17 notes a few people who saw who Jesus really was, the God-Man, and who let that reality change their lives. A leper worshipped, a centurion submitted, and a woman served Him. These are the lives that reveal true faith in their worship of Jesus as God, much more than those who give mere verbal assent to Him but fail to become genuine disciples. One day, we may be surprised at who is seated at the marriage supper of the Lamb and who is absent, because we accept cultural Christianity without demanding real faith. May God in His mercy and grace give us eyes to see Jesus for who He really is and faith to trust Him, so that we might not be among those who are absent from His kingdom. - Pastor Rory Martin Read More