The Secret To Revival Found In Christ’s High Priestly Prayer-”that the love you have for Me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
9-27-2012 Update- Dr. Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan New York has released a new book called,”Center Church”, a road map for renewal for the church in which the focus is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Keller has also called for renewed emphasis on the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all our theology in a 54 minute video you can watch here. http://wp.me/p1Lr49-MG
~The Secret To Revival~
Salvation, Sanctification, Revival, and Renewal of The Church are Not Dependent on Eliminating Evil But rather on Embracing God Through Christ.This is the most common mistake we make in our efforts to change ourselves and the Church.
The most troubling condition is present in America today. As I read ,”Tabletalk”,(June 2012 issue), R.C.Sproul, a man of God whom I greatly respect, wrote ,”The Church is One”, using John 17:26, in an effort to identify and correct our disunity in Christ.
Yet as he listed the issues to correct he omitted Christ as the answer.
I find no error in his comments, only in who he did not embrace as the answer.
Our answer is a who not a what, personal not mere intellectual assent, involving both the risen Christ and His truth, not one or the other.
All our problems represent an absence, and void within each of us who comprise the Church and our World.
And it’s not just R.C.Sroul! Tim Keller is doing a series of book reviews on the Gospel Coalition site about Renewal of The Church in America, and so far each book talks all about the problems we face and almost never mentions the only real solution, who is Christ in us!
By now you are saying, “who does this guy think he is!”
I feel like I’m some fool, who despite his obvious condition has been entrusted with the single most valuable thing ever imaginable. I am the antithesis of the mind of R.C. Sproul or the intellect, heart and reason of Tim Keller.
I assure you I’m nobody, but I know who my God and Father is and I know He has loved me with an everlasting love and I cannot but tell everyone I can how much He loves them and how much they need to know His love personally.
Starting with His Church, whom He gave His life to ransom.
Somebody who is really somebody, pick up this message and run with it!
Embrace Christ to displace death, and be saved, for He alone can save.
Embrace Christ to displace sin, because He alone, by His indwelling Spirit, can empower you overcome.
Embrace Christ to displace self,and become Christ like, for to attempt anything else would be nonsensical.
Embrace Christ to displace your desires, for He alone is the most beautiful entity in the universe to be desired and you will trade everything for more of Him.
Embrace Christ to displace all the things that entice the Church away from It’s first love, for Christ alone is worthy of all glory, power and praise!
Embrace Christ to change the world, for if any man is in Christ he is a new creation, old things are passes away, behold all have become new, and that is the only real social reform.
Christ’s ,”High Priestly Prayer”, ends with the following summary purpose for His prayer.
”I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” (John 17:26)
His love is the context for all our theology and that context was also not given preeminence by our Church Fathers when they made the Nicene Creed, comprised totally of truth, one, holy,catholic, (universal), and apostolic, but hardly making even indirect mention of the context for all truth which is God’s love.
Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
If Christ is no longer supreme in my heart and daily living, then I have lost the Way, neglected the Truth, and turned away from Life.
A very simple theology in the context of God’s love, for he indwells the true believer and love grows and shows.
Somebody tell me I’m not alone in my deep concern, that we must be one IN Christ, but we have become Ephesus.
”Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” Revelation 2:4,5
Christ is our first love, and His arms are ever wide open to our full embrace.
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Tim Keller delivered this challenge to church leaders to be ,”Gospel Shaped”, in all our ministry.
“Every sermon should ultimately be about Jesus.” Tim Keller
- Gospel Shaped Ministry By Tim Keller (christcenteredteaching.wordpress.com)