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More from Francis Chan on Repentance, Baptism, & The Holy Spirit

A few weeks ago in this post I shared a short clip from the DVD teaching aid accompanying Francis Chan’s bestselling book Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God.

In the clip, Francis articulated his struggle to base his  beliefs strictly on the written word, and not on what others fed him outside of it. His conclusion from reading scripture only: if you want to become a Christian, you shouldn’t walk an isle and pray a prayer, you should repent, be baptized, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Honestly, he is the first leader outside of Restoration Movement churches I have ever heard say or teach this, and I was quite shocked to hear him do so (so were many others as revealed in the ensuing discussion). In the Restoration Movement, we’ve been teaching this for many years, and have taken much heat and been accused of many unkind things for doing so. It’s encouraging to me to see at least one ‘mainstream’ evangelical leader in agreement with us, and, at the risk of sounding pretentious, with scripture!

One commenter (Tyler Ellis – a campus minister friend) directed me to further teaching from Francis on this subject, and that teaching is what I would like to share with you today.

I encourage you to watch this lesson, take a few notes, and share your thoughts in a comment. This is the simplest, best lesson on repentance, baptism, and the Holy Spirit I’ve heard in a long time, and would love to hear what you think about it. It’s 39 minutes long, and well worth watching.

Here’s the video (if you’re reading this in a feed reader or via email subscription, you may need to come to the actual website to see it):

Love to hear from you. What do you think about this?

Thank you to Tyler Ellis for the sharing this with me.

For more teaching materials and study aids by Francis Chan for use in your ministry, go here. To access archived sermons by Francis Chan at Cornerstone Church, go here.

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REfocus Your Focus: From Moses to the Cross

I had a good time with the Downtown Church of Christ in Searcy yesterday morning.

Have you ever felt as if God has placed a call on your life you simply don’t have the ability to fulfill?

Moses felt that way, but what he learned over time is that fulfilling God’s call on his life wasn’t about his ability – it was about his availability. God is the hero of the Exodus story, and He’s the hero of your story too. Want evidence? Look to the cross.

Don’t ask, “Am I able?” Instead ask, “Am I available?”

You can access this sermon and PowerPoint here:

  • Audio: Wes Woodell – RE:Focus Your Focus (32:00)
  • PowerPoint: Scripture Slides
  • In addition to preaching at Downtown yesterday morning, I also had a great time with the College Avenue Church of Christ in El Dorado, AR, yesterday evening.

    It was a whirlwind of a day, but a good one.

    Fellowship with other believers who believe in and support our mission in San Francisco is always a wonderful thing. 🙂

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    Matt Dabbs: Our View of Jesus Impacts the Way We Live

    Matt Dabbs wrote a good article you ought to read: How We View Jesus Impacts the Way We Live.

    Yesterday, the question was, “How do you view yourself?” – today, the question is, “How do you view Jesus?”

    Just like the question, “Who am I?” has profound implications for how you’ll think and behave in the world, an even more important question is, “How do you view Jesus?”

    In order for your identity to be firmly rooted in Him, you need to know the real Him – not what popular culture has turned Him into!

    Jesus Christ is the Son of God – the Lord and Savior of mankind and the only bridge that exists, and ever will exist, between man and God. That’s a view of Jesus rooted in the teachings of the Bible – the real view.

    The secular view of Jesus is not quite the same as what I’ve just shared. Popular culture teaches that Jesus is nothing more than “a spiritual life coach” (to quote Monte Cox from the Pepperdine Lectures) no different from every other religious leader found in the history of the world.

    If your view of Jesus is no different than your view of Buddha, Muhammed, Ghandi, or … the list goes on and on … then it really doesn’t matter if you decide to live a Jesus-centered life or not, because your “Jesus” isn’t real!

    Living a Jesus-centered life is only a blessing to you and the rest of the world if your Jesus is the real thing – if He’s a fraud, then so is your faith!

    That’s going to sound pretty tough to a lot of people, but that’s the message of the Bible, and that’s what Matt’s article caused me to think about this morning.

    If you’re interested in learning more, Mark Driscoll has a couple of good sermons posted online that will help you have a biblical understanding of who Jesus is … check it out:

    You may have to spit out a few bones, but Mark does a good job of breaking down theology behind what Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection mean for those who decide to follow Him.

    Give it a listen!

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