Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Deadly B's

When preaching avoid the Deadly B's

...it happens when you tell people to:
Be stronger
Be better
Be more gentle
Be more hopeful

Instead...offer them the God of the text who is at work redeeming peoples lives, giving life.

Romans 8:11

11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

"The Deadly B's are not bad in themselves, but by themselves" -Phil Long

We grow because of the work of God's Spirit. Not because we tried harder to be better.

Thanks to Phil Long (and Brian Cambell) for getting me thinking about this subject today


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