Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Purpose of This Blog

The purpose of this blog is threefold: Encourage, Empower, and Equip.

Encourage: As we live the Christian life, inevitably we get discouraged from the constant onslaught of temptation, failure, suffering, and brokenness in this fallen world. The Scriptures direct us to "encourage one another" (Heb 10:25, 1 Thess 5:11), knowing that we are prone to discouragement. And when we're discouraged, we give up the fight. What we need is encouragement. We need the exhortations and cheering of other brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to know we're not alone. We need a hug, a phone call, an "I'm here for you", and maybe a kind rebuke. I pray that through the content of this blog God might encourage you. 

Empower: In the midst of our discouragement, we lack the strength to continue fighting. We are weakened by sin, despairing because of our failure, and beaten up by our Enemy. Paul boldly declares in Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..." What we need is power. We need the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified for sinners. We need mercy, grace, and forgiveness. We need liberation and redemption and rescue. We need God Himself to descend from heaven wielding a battle ax, and come to our aid. I pray that through the content of this blog God might empower you.

Equip: Though encouraged and empowered, there still is a battle to be fought. And sadly there is little training devoted to this great fight. We lack the tools, we lack the skills, we lack the strategy to defeat the sins that so often defeat us. Again Paul in 2 Cor 10:24 states, "For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds." What we need are weapons. We need tactics and insight, accountability and counter-attacks. We need to get back in the fight with a plan, and with the skills to defeat our sin. We need to figure out where the enemy is coming from, and destroy the home fortress. I pray that through the content of this blog God might equip you.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more content. 
Remember the Gospel. Keep Fighting.