I keep on sinning, how do I change? Part 1 by Travis Evans
November 7, 2006, 1:13 am
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Tony Giles, in an article in the latest issue of The Journal of Biblical Counseling has this to say:

Views of personal change abound. New ones arise each year based on various biblical elements of change. One may tend to emphasize one element over another leaving us with a skewed and ineffective approach. A biblical view of change is not one based on a few individual Bible verses. A wide variety of verses do address nitty-gritty issues like money and marriage, sex and slander, but these in isolation often relate slivers or sections of life. What is missing from this approach is the ‘big picture’ way the Bible thinks about life. A biblical view of change is based on the whole counsel of God and is in keeping with what the Bible is all about.
Start with this question: What are the biblical methods for accomplishing God’s goal for change in our lives? How does God’s Word describe growth and change? (Read Isaiah 55:10 – 13 and Jeremiah 17:5 – 10). God changes us by recapturing our hearts to serve Him alone. … As David Henderson writes,

The term “biblical” needs to be redefined. It cannot mean merely “from somewhere within the pages of Scripture.” In light of the way the Bible is written, as a single fabric of thought stretching from the front to the back, biblical must mean, “in keeping with what the Bible is about,” And the Bible is about God’s unstoppable passion to be known, loved and served – through Jesus Christ – by those He has made.

Early 20th century Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck speaks about this ‘big picture’ as

…the reality that the creation of the Father, ruined by sin, is restored in the death of the Son of God and re-created by the grace of the Holy Spirit into a kingdom of God. …[its about] God, who is all-sufficient in himself, nevertheless glorifies himself in his creation, which, even when it is torn apart by sin, is gathered up again in Christ. [its about] God, always God, from beginning to end – God in his being, God in his creation, God against sin, God in Christ, God breaking down all resistance through the Holy Spirit and guiding the whole of creation back to the objective he decreed for it: the glory of his name.

(Dead Dutch guys really know how to encompass tons of biblical truth in just a few sentences!)

Tony Giles goes on to say,

…It is one thing to change my behavior – but lasting change is from the inside out and has to do with the affections of my heart. Whatever rules the heart exerts an inescapable influence on our lives. … What do you say to the person who reads Scripture and closes it and with a sigh because he is burdened by his inabilities and overwhelmed by failures? You say, “Open your Bible again and let’s take a look at your identity. Then, let’s consider justification, adoption, and union with Christ.” …We want our people to read the Bible because there they find the call to new obedience and the Christian’s new identity.

Tony also says, “The power to change is the power of the gospel and the sanctifying work of the Spirit.”

At the base of all of this is the firm conviction that the gospel (the ‘big picture’) is big enough and robust enough for any problem (see JBC vol. 24, num. 3); whether it be sin of the heart or life’s circumstances. The power of the gospel and the implications of the gospel are completely sufficient for all of life. We, as Mike Bullmore has so masterfully taught, need to know and understand the gospel and all of the implications of the gospel in order to draw the gospel connections to every single part of our lives. It is through this powerful gospel that the Spirit of God will work real and lasting change.


P.S. Kevin’s personal political convictions
1. Keep the babies alive
2. Keep guns in the hands of responsible heads of households
3. Keep marriage as a convenant between one man and one woman
4. Don’t double tax the poor
5. Freedom for me to worship God and preach the Gospel

I whole-heartedly support the website below

I also whole-heartedly support legislation that requires all cat owners to own one of these.


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love the cat carrier

Comment by mini mike plew

Thanks for the reminder to keep our pursuit of sanctification gospel-centered!

And the cat carrier ad made me laugh–loudly.

Comment by Anonymous

Thanks for the reminder to keep our pursuit of sanctification gospel-centered.

And the cat carrier ad made me laugh–loudly.

Comment by Cap Stewart

Kevin= theology+oddity (squared)

Comment by Jonathan Oldacre

Alright, we need to address the issue of the “lol.” I think it’s just too cliche to be manly. Correct me if i’m wrong fellas, (and no disrespect, John) but I think lol, roflol, brb, gtg, ttyl, ALL have to go. It shortcut’s speech, which is lazy. To be lazy is to be wimpy. That which is wimpy is NOT manly,
Conclusion: The “lol” bunch are all NOT manly.

Comment by Marko

Here, let Albert Mohler say it better, Markus.
He says “Here’s a striking phenomenon of our times–many adolescent boys and young men seem to communicate only through a series of gutteral clicks, grunts, and inchoate [imperfectly formed or developed] language that can hardly be described as verbal [also insert lol, roflol, brb, gtg, ttyl, etc]. A man must be able to speak, to be understood, and to communicate in a way that will honor God and convey God’s truth to others. This must extend to an ability to enunciate words so that articulation is clear and communication succeeds…Though not all men will become public speakers, every man should have the ability to take his ground, frame his words and make his case when truth is under fire and when belief and conviction must be translated into argument.”

There, you little…dumb, stupid, buttheads. Learn how to talk right.

Comment by joshcan

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