Open Eyes - Prov. 22:9, 28:27; John 4:34-36

Even someone with an open heart will miss open doors if they don’t have open eyes. Now, the eyes and the heart work together: an open heart should move you to open your eyes. But while they’re meant to work together, sometimes they can function independently. The open heart desires to help, but that doesn’t mean that the eyes automatically see a need! And we need to make this distinction so that we don’t give somebody heart medicine when they need eyedrops. The open heart is about affection; open eyes are dealing with information, and so the gospel needs to workProverbs…

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by CJ Bowen

The Open Heart - 2 Cor. 5:14-6:13

One of our prayers this year has been that God would open doors for us to share the gospel. But an open door by itself is not enough; you must have an open heart! An open heart describes a posture of love that desires good for your neighbors, especially their eternal good. An open heart wants others to be saved! So in light of 2 Cor. 5-6, I want you to ask this question: Do I have an open heart?The default answer for all of us is “no.” We are born with closed, selfish hearts that love ourselves far more…

Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Reformation Sunday 2018: Solus Christus - Salvation By Christ Alone - 1 Tim. 2:5; Acts 4:12

The doctrine of salvation by Christ alone affirms that only Jesus Christ is qualified and able to save us, that Jesus Christ alone has in fact accomplished the work that saves us, and that it is His work alone to apply that salvation to us. In the words from Timothy and Acts, there is no other mediator, and there is salvation in no one else.The doctrine is founded on the two aspects of Christ: His person and His work. As we consider the person of Christ, we are asking why is it necessary that Jesus be the one to save…

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by CJ Bowen