Revelation 1:17-18 | Ray Ortlund At RHC's first in-person Prayer & Worship Night since Covid, we invited our friends from Resound and Ray Ortlund to join us as we prayed for the Resound churches and our Church Plants. Ray also shared some words of encouragement for us from Revelation 1.
Galatians 2:11-21 (Part 1); John 13:34-35 (Part 2) | Ray OrtlundRHC is part of a family of churches called Resound. Resound is a group of like-minded churches in Asia Pacific desiring to preach the gospel. At the Resound Leaders' Gathering, some of the churches were finally able to meet in person, after two years of Covid! Find out more about Resound: https://www.resoundchurches.org/- Part 1: (00:00)- Q&A: (36:12)- Part 2: (1:08:15)- Q&A: (1:52:39)
Romans 15:7 (Part 1); Romans 15:13 (Part 2) | Ray OrtlundHow does the gospel of Jesus help us face life at its worst, keep going, and even prevail? For example, when tragedy strikes, when exhaustion overwhelms, when friends turn away. These painful experiences need not be the end; they can become a new beginning, by His grace. Let's think about it together!- Part 1 (00:00)- Q&A (39:18)- Part 2 (1:01:06)
In this episode, we chat with Pastor Ray Ortlund who is the founding pastor of Immanuel Nashville, author of several books & commentaries, and has also been in pastoral ministry for almost 50 years. We chat about his thoughts on church, sin, tribes, and more.
Kris Bishop is a good man with a good heart. Although Kris became a Christian when he was a child, and he had a calling on his life to go into the ministry, and he preached his first sermon when he was in eight grade, he struggled deeply with an addiction to pornography for many years. Kris thought that when he got married his problem with pornography would finally go away, but that didn't happen, and in fact his struggle with porn followed him into his marriage. His wife, Jamie, caught him acting out many different times over the years, and each time her heart was deeply broken. Over the years that followed she became more and more discouraged at Kris's inability to change. Jamie struggled deeply with thoughts and feelings that something must be wrong with her because of her husband's problem with porn. The marriage slowly became defined by distance and disconnection, and Jamie eventually became involved in an affair with another man. When Kris finally learned of this affair, Jamie decided to leave him, and when she left it was the WAKE UP call that finally captured Kris's attention. He knew he had to change, or his marriage and family would be destroyed forever. This began the healing journey that Kris & Jamie have now been walking on for over the past 10 years. Their story is remarkable, and Kris has had an amazing level of success in his walk of purity for over 10 years now. Listen to this amazing story and be blessed. Welcome to... Kris Bishop Revisited - Part 3. The audio clip shared in this episdoe is from Ray Ortlund's book - The Death of Porn: Men of Integrity Building a World of Nobility
Is pornography really every man's battle? Should you be dating in the midst of struggling with a pornography addiction? How do you support a friend who is trying to recover from this addiction? What are the differences between porn vs. real intimacy? How can you shift your mindset after an inadequate sexual education? We answer all these questions and more in this episode where Joseph shares his testimony of overcoming an addiction to pornography. He teaches how to actually break free instead of listening to shame. Every addict can rationalize why they can stop whenever they want to, but the people who truly overcome addictions recognize that they cannot do it alone. This episode is not geared towards just men - It's for EVERYONE. There are endless ways to access pornography & men and women everywhere are found trapped in it's deception without any idea of how to break free. We want to encourage you that there is HOPE and HEALING for you! Resources: Covenant Eyes - https://www.covenanteyes.com/ Accountable2You - https://accountable2you.com/ The Death of Porn by Ray Ortlund - https://www.crossway.org/books/the-death-of-porn-tpb/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Aubrey is out this week and Brian was joined by Steven Coble, the Teaching and Discipleship Pastor at Renewal Church in Chicago. (00:00-09:41): Experts are warning that political violence might be on the horizon in the United States. How should Christ followers react? (09:41-18:07): Tyler Huckabee at Relevant Magazine is sick and tired of “me-centered” worship music. Brian and Steven shared their thoughts. (18:07-26:25): Brian and Steven play a round of “Movie Quote or Bible Verse?” (26:25-35:05): John 15 says “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” What does it mean to be connected to the vine? (35:05-44:21): Brian and Steven talked about how Christ followers react to death (44:21-53:09): Mark Hallock posted a quote from Ray Ortlund on Twitter: "The longer I live, the more I respect gentleness and the less I respect swagger" Brian and Steven shared their thoughts. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Get notes on this podcast here: https://churchleaders.com/podcast/429706-ray-ortlund-pastors-fight-pornography.html Ray Ortlund joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about why he is calling his fellow pastors to join him in addressing the pervasive porn use in their midst. ► Listen on Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-churchleaders-podcast/id988990685 ChurchLeaders brings you the latest headlines and expert tips on faith, ministry and leading the church. Subscribe to our channel for exclusive content. Visit ChurchLeaders Website: https://churchleaders.com Find ChurchLeaders on Facebook: https://facebook.com/churchleaders Follow ChurchLeaders on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChurchLead Follow ChurchLeaders on Instagram: https://instagram.com/churchlead/ Follow ChurchLeaders on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/churchleaders/
In the final episode of season two of You're Not Crazy, Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry answer pressing questions from you, the listeners.• Introduction (0:00)• Icebreaker: Where do you most love to be? (1:22)• Why does small talk matter? (4:45)• How do you encourage a culture of grace among team leaders across the church? (8:07)• How do you deal with people in the church who are opposed to gospel culture? (11:17)• How do you prioritize unhealthy areas to address? (15:25)• Is there ever a right time to commend someone to another church? (18:45)• How can a church care for its pastor? (23:38)• Recommended resource: What God Has to Say about Our Bodies by Sam Allberry (26:23)
“Romans 15:7 says, ‘Therefore welcome one another, as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God.' So, welcome one another. That's gospel culture. That's the horizontal dimension of grace.” – T. J. TimsIn this episode of You're Not Crazy, Ray Ortlund and special guest, T. J. Tims, discuss how pastors cultivate gospel culture in their churches at the ground level so that it becomes an intergenerational reality.• Introductions (0:00)• The horizontal dimension of grace (2:18)• What's at stake (5:14)• Sensing what's in the room (9:31)• Everyone feels like an imposter (11:31)• Intergenerational gospel culture (17:55)• Recommended resource: Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners by Dane Ortlund (22:39)
“We're like sprinters, we're hurtling down the track at top speed, giving it our best, giving it our all. But, we're not made of titanium, and we can't live at full stretch all the time. We must pull back and be replenished, and experience rejuvenation for the next big push.” – Ray OrtlundIn this episode of You're Not Crazy, Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry address the need for pastors to rest. In an unprecedented time fraught with fragmentation and a heartbreaking number of pastors collapsing under the weight of leadership in these circumstances, rest is not an option, it's an imperative for the soul.• Introductions (0:00)• Favorite foods (2:19)• We're like sprinters (3:49)• Rest is not just a part of the fallen world (5:50)• We don't have to rest perfectly (7:19)• We need regular renewal (10:51)• “Go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” (14:17)• Where we find refreshment (18:14)• Recommended resource: The Death of Porn by Ray Ortlund (20:50)
In this episode of You're Not Crazy, Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry discuss the biblical idea of finding strength in weakness.• Introductions (0:00)• “Gospel Culture,” the album (1:08)• Boasting in weakness (5:07)• Liberatingly less (10:13)• Wonderfully ordinary (13:53)• A thorn to harass (15:50)• Where the power of Christ rests (19:16)• Recommended resource: Weakness is the Way: Life with Christ Our Strength by J.I. Packer (22:39)
Overview: This episode was prompted by several of our favorite people leaving social media. Our friends Ray Ortlund and Jackie Hill Perry announced (independently from each other) that they would be leaving social media due to unkind, discouraging behavior seeming to dominate sites like Twitter and Facebook. Isaac and Austin talk about how Christians should view social media and our participation in it. Links & Show Notes:Isaac's article on tone. Austin's article on speech.
“We like instruction. We need instruction. But preaching is meant to be so much more than that. It's not just data transfer . . . it's wanting people to encounter Jesus Himself.” – Sam AllberryIn this episode of You're Not Crazy, Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry discuss sermon preparation for a gospel culture.• Introductions (0:00)• What are we asking the Lord to do? (1:45)• Not developing our own brand (7:06)• Study and preparation, alliterated (11:06)• Digging (15:50)• Waiting (16:28)• Writing (18:21)• Recommended resource: Crossway Scripture Journals (19:33)Explore more from Ray Ortlund on sermon preparation.
In this episode of “You're Not Crazy,” Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry discuss the role of positivity in the life of a pastor and how to build positivity in a world that would prefer cynicism.• Introductions (0:00)• Best book in the last 10 years (1:02)• Staying positive in a cynical world (6:34)• Resourcing positivity (9:25)• Irritating Scripture (14:02)• Getting more granular (17:31)• Recommended resource: A Dozen Things God Did with Your Sin by Sam Storms (19:33)
Dr Uche Anizor speaks with Mike Neglia about two distinct categories of apathy that we as preachers need to contend with, first: the spiritual apathy of our own congregations, how can we awake our hearers out of their dullness and indifference with the truth and power of God's Word? And the second, and more insidious form of apathy that we must overcome is far more personal: what about us!? What about the preachers ourselves - we who handle holy things with such regularity, and are prone to burn out and our own forms of apathy and dullness, what be done for us to stir up the godly characteristic of zeal, when we find ourselves in seasons of dullness or apathy. Dr Uche Anizor is a theologian who teaches a variety of courses in systematic and historical theology to undergraduate students at Talbot School of Theology in BIOLA. His books include How to Read Theology and Representing Christ. He is married to Melissa and they have three children. His most recent book is published by Crossway and is entitled “Overcoming Apathy - Gospel Hope for Those Who Struggle to Care” Our next in-person Training Weekend for men and women of all ages will be in Boise, Idaho on October 14-15, 2022 at Calvary Boise. In this interactive seminar, attendees will meet in groups and build ongoing relationships.Registration is now live on our website Expositorscollective.com register early for discounted rates!Calvary Chapel CGN Pastors and Leaders International Conference June 26-29th in Costa Mesa, California. A lot of previous guests on this show are either main-session speakers or workshop leaders including Ray Ortlund, Tim Chaddick, Dominic Done, Nick Cady, Amy Orr-Ewing and more.conference.calvarychapel.com Recommended Resources: Wesley Towne on mental health and suffering https://www.expositorscollective.com/podcast/2021/6/22/every-hero-suffers-wesley-towne Better Days: https://www.betterdaysfmly.co/ Jeffrey Arthurs : https://www.expositorscollective.com/podcast/2022/5/3/fearing-god-more-than-fearing-people-jeffrey-arthursJoin our private Facebook group to continue the conversation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ExpositorsCollectiveThe Expositors Collective podcast is part of the GoodLion podcast network, for more thought provoking Christian podcasts visit https://goodlion.io
“One of the ways that ministers injure people is by rebukes that are too severe. People are never helped by being cornered and pressured and embarrassed, especially publicly embarrassed.” – Ray OrtlundIn this episode of You're Not Crazy, Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry discuss biblical criticism and correction.• Introducing Larry (0:00)• Gospel culture and criticism (1:52)• Blessed by correction (5:37)• Correction is a two-way street (8:40)• Reasonable and biblical (13:22)• Gentle restoration (16:12)• Conflict aversion (19:14)• Recommended resources: ESV Devotional Psalter (Crossway) and In the Lord I Take Refuge by Dane Ortlund (21:01)Explore more from TGC on the topic of relationships.
Kevin and Matt talk more about Kevin's decision to drop Facebook and Instagram, as well as Ray Ortlund's decision to leave Twitter. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mktc/support
“Maturity in the Christian life is needing Jesus more, not needing Jesus less. We don't graduate out of needing him.” – Sam AllberryIn this episode of You're Not Crazy, Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry address, from Scripture and their own experience, the exceptionally important role of the minister to bring comfort to suffering people.Comfort to the suffering (00:00)Does Jesus regret getting involved with you? (2:18)Pastors who sin and suffer caring for people who sin and suffer (7:39)How painful the goodness of the Lord will be (12:01)3x5 cards in a cupboard (15:05)Not supposed to feel pain (19:18)Recommended resource: Suffering Wisely and Well by Eric Ortlund (21:37)Explore more from TGC on the topic of suffering.
Join Dawn and Steve in the Morning as they explore an article by Ray Ortlund titled "Why I got out of Twitter." Also, learn about Patron, a Jack Russell who is a National Hero in Ukraine! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Season 2 of “You're Not Crazy” launches with a lively conversation between Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry discussing what makes Christian leadership distinctly “Christian.” • Introduction—why is anyone even listening? One great experience from the last year (00:00)• Answering the main questions (6:02) • Gentle and lowly, like Jesus (7:26) • The opposite of that (8:39) • It's not a strategy (10:00) • Christian leadership is not leadership that advances Christian orthodoxy (11:57) • PR for Jesus (15:25) • The arch-enemy of authentic ministry (16:43) • It's emotional and relational (19:06) • Recommended Resource: Letters Along the Way: From a Senior Saint to a Junior Saint Explore more from TGC on the topic of Spiritual Leadership.
(00:00-10:51): The details of the “Roe v Wade” replacement going through Congress are a little disturbing. Joe Scarborough posted on Twitter: "I'm told a clean Roe bill would likely bring Manchin on board and give Collins and Murkowski no excuse to vote “no”. But that would make too much sense politically. So Democrats once again swing for the fences in a useless gesture." (10:51-21:01): Overdose deaths have been soaring in the U.S. for twenty years, having taken over a million American lives since 2000. Brain and Aubrey talked about what the church can do to help the situation. (21:01-30:00): Ray Ortlund announced that he's leaving Twitter. Brian and Aubrey shared their reaction and talked about how to do good on social media. (30:00-39:41): A new survey suggests people are less enthusiastic about having kids. Brian and Aubrey talked about what that means for the future of families and the church. (39:41-1:18:43): Aubrey was joined by Anitra Parmele from Food For The Poor to talk about the work they are doing to feed victims of the war in Ukraine. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A multi-billion dollar industry is single-handedly destroying our nation and world. We're talking about the porn industry. How is this industry skewing our view of men and women? And how can we overcome our struggle in it? On this episode of The Link, we sit down with author and pastor Ray Ortlund to answer these questions and more. Resources: "The Death of Porn" by Ray Ortlund - https://tinyurl.com/2p8z35yxSupport the show: https://woodsidebible.org/listen/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This season, Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry gather again to discuss more topics that center around gospel-centered pastoral leadership. Ray Ortlund describes that, "Christian leadership is leadership that is, itself, operating with, moving forward in, flavored by Christ Himself."Any young pastor who might be tempted to give up and is wondering, What on earth have I signed up for? You're not crazy.
On the twenty third episode of the Family Discipleship Podcast the hosts (Adam Griffin and Cassie Bryant) talk about family discipleship with Ray Ortlund. Questions we talked about in this episode: If we asked your kids and wife about you, what kind of man would they describe? This is a podcast about spiritual leadership. When you started growing your family, who did you look to in order to teach you about or be an example for leading the spiritual life of your home?Your family has accomplished A LOT for the kingdom of God. How does that sit with you, how does it make you feel to see your family making significant contributions and leading so well? Can you think of a time that things did not go “according to plan” in the Ortlund home? What would you say to the parent who is really discouraged right now in the spiritual leadership of their home? How can you encourage our listeners? What role has the church played in coming alongside your family as you've discipled them?You recently put out a book addressing pornography, The Death of Porn. It's written like a father to a son. Why is this an issue that was of particular importance to you and talk to us about how it intersects with a Christian home? Is there any scripture that you or your family can point to that has been a guide to you in how you've led your home or how you think about your hopes for your kids and the generations after them? Some of our favorite quotes from Ray in this episode:“Like every family we are a convergence of flaws and God's grace. Great things happen when those two things get together.” - Ray Ortlund“I had the advantage of having a fantastic dad. My dad was the greatest man I've ever known.” - Ray Ortlund“There is no formula. This is not an assembly line. Our family is all an ongoing miracle of grace.” - Ray Ortlund“What can we do that would make it easier for our kids to believe in God?” - Ray Ortlund “What parent is not discouraged? We all hit a wall. We all fail. Our kids let us down too. I'm so thankful for those three words in Romans chapter six, “newness of life.” I see so much hope there. We are not stuck with the reality we are experiencing right now.” - Ray Ortlund Resources mentioned in this episode:The Death of Porn“Christ calls us to care for those living in poverty—including parents working hard for their children's future. Download your free copy of Created to Flourish: How Employment-Based Solutions Help Eradicate Poverty, to learn how. HOPE International fights physical and spiritual poverty in 16 countries through Christ-centered microenterprise development.”To keep up with the Family Discipleship Podcast, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter. To read more about family discipleship, check out the book Family Discipleship: Leading Your Home Through Time, Moments, and Milestones by Adam Griffin and Matt Chandler. The Family Discipleship Podcast is a podcast of Training the Church.
We're gonna start with a question here: What kind of church do you want to be? Now the reason that I'm asking y'all the question is because y'all — as in we, all of us together — we are the ones who determine the answer. What makes a church the kind of church it is is the people of that church. The pastors have a responsibility to teach the Bible and to shepherd and to lead, but ultimately it's the church together that forms and shapes that church's character. And our passage today in Galatians Chapter 5 is all about this. Last week Pastor David Mathis mentioned that beginning in Chapter 5, the apostle Paul starts to focus on the church's life together. Paul moves from expounding the gospel in Chapters 1–4, to now he's exhorting the church about how they should live together because of that gospel. And verses 7–14 here in Chapter 5 is kinda like a fork in the road. There's a dichotomy that begins to emerge here, and it's like Paul is saying to the church: Hey, you can either be this kind of church OR that kind of church. … You can go down this road or that road — but you're gonna go down one road or the other, and who decides, Paul would say, is YOU. It's who he wrote the letter to. He's not talking to a denomination; he's not talking to only pastors; but he's talking to the church, because the church decides. We decide together the kind of church we're going to be. So let me tell you the options that Paul lays out. The Options Before Us Go ahead and skip down to verses 14–15 for a minute. This is the conclusion of the passage, but I wanna start with the conclusion so that we can get an idea of the two different roads we're looking at. Verse 14 continues verse 13 where Paul says “through love serve one another” — verse 14 says to love your neighbor as yourself. “But if” — verse 15, which marks a contrast — “But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” And those are the two roads. You either love one another (verses 13–14) or you devour one another (verse 15, which connect back to verses 7–12). It's either the road of love or the road of strife. The road of love leads to flourishing; the road of strife leads to destruction — and we need to make sure we're on the right road. So what I'd like to do for this sermon is to slow down in this passage and describe more of what these two roads are like: 1. What is the road of strife? 2. What is the road of love? That's the plan. Let's pray: Father in heaven, you who are with us by your Spirit, in this moment, we ask for more of him. Please pour out your Spirit upon us, and show us the glory of your Son! We ask in his name, the mighty name of Jesus, amen. 1) What Is the Road of Strife? Okay, so what is the road of strife? Well, I think there are three things Paul tells us about the road of strife, and first one stands out right away in verse 7. It's this: #1 - The road of strife starts with doctrinal compromise. (v. 7) Look at verse 7. Paul says: You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? So this is the metaphor of a long-distance runner, which is one of Paul's favorite metaphors. He uses it several times in his letters. And the image here is that the church is this runner who's been running down the right road in good shape. They've been trucking along, keeping a good pace, but then somebody hinders them. The word here for “hindered” is the same word Paul uses in 1 Thessalonians 2:18 when he said that “Satan hindered” his ministry efforts. The idea is to obstruct. It's to get in the way. So let's stick with this running metaphor: imagine that there's a runner trucking along, doing great. [We have some runners in this church, right?]. Imagine: You're running along, doing great, but then somebody comes out of nowhere, they start running beside you and then they start jabbing elbows in your side. But you're a good runner, and so you keep running, but all these elbows in your side start to change your direction from the one you started down, and before too long you're going a completely different way, down a completely different road. That's what is going on with the Galatians. They've been hindered. And this hindrance that Paul is talking about is a hindrance from obeying the truth. And when Paul uses the word “truth” he means the truth of the gospel (just like he says in Chapter 2, verses 5 and 14). Somebody is hindering this church from the gospel, and this somebody, verse 8, is not God. The church was running well; they were on the right track; but they keep taking in the side that are against the gospel of God. Which means you're running, and these elbows are saying … “Hey, faith in the gospel is not enough.” “Hey, keeping Jewish law is required.” “Hey, Paul doesn't know what he's talking about.” “Hey, did God really say …?” And see, the problem is, if you take that first elbow, and then you don't really resist the second elbow, then the third elbow is gonna land a little bit easier, and the next thing you know you're just getting used to these elbows, and then, as Paul says in Ephesians, you end up getting “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (4:14). You end up on the road of strife, headed toward destruction, and it all started by giving just a little bit of space to an elbow that contradicts the truth of the gospel. The result of one compromise will lead to a very different place from where you were meaning to go. Look, I know there are some who might roll their eyes at churches who are serious about doctrine. I get that there are some who might ridicule churches who are concerned about “slippery slopes” — I get it — but I just wanna say that the importance of doctrine and vigilance against false doctrine, that comes from the New Testament. It's what the Bible says. And the question of whether we do what the Bible says is the question of whether we actually want to be a real church. Because churches who forsake the Bible, churches who abandon the truth of the gospel — like the Galatians were on the verge of doing — they are not real churches anymore. Now they still might have a building; they might meet together on Sundays; but if they have forsaken the gospel of Jesus Christ, they are not a real church. And for all so-called churches in these Twin Cities, I want to replace them with a church plant. That's what we're trying to do here, God willing. When it comes to the road of strife, it starts with doctrinal compromise. #2 - The road of strife gradually worsens over time. (v. 8) Paul says in verse 8: “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” And this means he's changed the metaphor. He goes from talking about running a race to now he's talking about bread-making, and the connection between the two is the gradualness of the effect. It doesn't take that many elbows for a runner to veer off course, and it doesn't take a whole lot of leaven to make bread. Just a little bit changes the entire thing (see 1 Corinthians 5:6). See, for the Galatians, maybe this seemed to be a small issue — we're were just talking about circumcision, right? Relax! we're just talking about keeping a few Jewish laws, right? That's all! — and Paul says, Look, just like it doesn't take a lot of leaven to make bread, the slightest deviation from the truth of the gospel will eventually lead to destruction. And of course you never get to see this in real time. We don't have a time-lapse perspective on a church's apostasy. We seldom ever see get to see something decay as it's actually happening. The closest example in my mind of where we might see this is when I go bowling. I went bowling with some friends a couple weeks ago, and I did horrible. I bowled so badly that I lost respect for myself. I'm working through it. But the way bowling works is, you know, there are ten frames, and you get a couple rolls each frame, and they have the computer that's calculating your score. And in that first frame, you know you leave a couple pins — but it's no big deal. You get more chances. Then you leave a couple pins the next few frames — and you think it's fine because you're still knocking down most of pins, but if you keep doing that (maybe you gutter one) and the next thing you know the game's over, you bowled a 77, and you hate yourself. It's a gradual thing. It was a couple pins here and there. But it adds up and gets worse. It always starts smaller than what it becomes. We need to know this about the road of strife. Most people don't say, Hey, I choose strife! But it happens over time. We need to know that. #3 - The road of strife must be seen for what it is, and thus rejected. (vv. 10–12, 15) Paul makes it clear in verses 10–12 what the Galatians are up against. He starts, I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view. Remember, the Galatians had been tempted to embrace a different view of the gospel than what Paul preached, but Paul said in Chapter 1 that there's really no such thing. There are not different views of the gospel. There is the gospel as Paul preached it, or there's no gospel at all. In fact, remember what Paul said in Chapter 1, verses 8 and 9. He said twice that “If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received [from me], let him be accursed.” That's an imprecatory statement. In Chapter 1, Paul spoke a curse on these false teachers, and it's relevant in Chapter 5 because he's about to do it again. Look at the second part of verse 10. Paul is confident in the Lord that the Galatians are gonna get this right and he's confident that … the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. Paul is saying that these false teachers, these troublers, will face the judgment of God. God will punish them for their deceit, or actually in this case, it's singular. It seems like Paul is talking about one person: “whoever he is” — do you see that? Maybe this is the ring leader of these false teachers — we don't know — but what's important for us to see, I think, is that Paul speaks differently about the church than he does about the false teacher. When it's the church, Paul is hopeful. Now he exhorts them strongly; he admonishes them; but he doesn't give up on them. But for the false teacher, Paul is already speaking judgment on him. Which helps us understand verse 12. Skip to verse 12 for a minute. In verser 10 Paul has already said that this false teacher will be punished. Now he says, verse 12, “I wish that those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!” And that means precisely what you think it means … if you think it means castration. Paul is saying that those false teachers who are teaching that circumcision is needed for salvation might as well go ahead and keep on cutting. This is the second most intense thing that the apostle Paul says in any of his letters. The most intense thing is what Paul has already said here in Chapter 1 when he said that the false teachers should be accursed. Because by accursed he means eternal damnation. Which means that if we think Paul is being more severe in Chapter 5 verse 12 than he is in Chapter 1 verse 9 it's because we don't understand hell. … And it's because we don't understand the gravity of this situation! What's at stake here is verse 15. It's the total destruction of this church; it's the full apostasy of all these Christians! And unless we get how serious this is, nothing else that Paul is saying is gonna make sense. Seeing the Wonderful Cross The false teachers were teaching that circumcision is necessary for salvation — which means they were saying the death of Jesus was not enough; they were treating the death of Jesus like it's a coupon; they were spreading a man-centered false gospel heresy — and Paul says in verse 11: If I was preaching that garbage, I would not be persecuted, because in that case, according to that message, the offense of the cross is removed. What does Paul mean by that? What makes the cross offensive? Simply put, what makes the cross the offensive is that the cross says you can do nothing to save yourself. Nothing. The cross says that you are wrong … and you're needy. And we don't like to be wrong or needy. The cross says you are so sinful and depraved, you are so broken and distorted in your sin, that you can't do anything to change it yourself, but the only chance you've got is the death of Jesus in your place. Do you see? The only way you can be saved is if Jesus Christ the Son of God is slain for you. The Jewish people consider that shameful; Greeks consider that foolish; every sinful human considers that offensive … until the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to know that this cross is actually wonderful. Because this cross, the cross, is the display of God's love for us. The cross is God saying, I love you this much … and if God did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Do you see it? The cross is the keyhole to all grace. This cross is our life. This cross is our boast. The cross of Jesus is everything to us. And the Galatians have to get this. Because they were headed down the road of strife, and it must be seen for what it is and rejected. Don't go that way. And if we don't go that way, then we must go the other way. We reject the road of strife, and we choose the road of love. And so let's learn more about this road. We've seen the road of strife, now What is the road of love? 2) What Is the Road of Love? Well, I think in this passage Paul also tells us three things about the road of love, and we see the first in verse 13: For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh. Right away this tells us … #1 - The road of love does not misuse freedom to indulge the flesh. (v. 13ab) Verse 13 connects us back to last week's passage, to Chapter 5, verse 1, where Paul tells us that Jesus has set us free. Jesus has saved us by his grace through our faith in him, not by our works, and he has freed us from sin and the law and the curse and from death. All the things that used to enslave us and trap us in fear — the power of those things that used to rule us — has been broken. Pastor David said last week: we are freed from those things AND we are freed for loving one another. Verse 13 here just extends what we've already seen in verse 6, but here Paul adds the negative warning: “Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh.” Now at the most basic level, the reason Paul gives this warning not to misuse our freedom is because it's possible to misuse our freedom. And we know this. You know this. You're saved by faith in Jesus; you're not saved by good works; and so then you might think that since I'm not saved by good works then I don't have to do any good works — if I don't have to love others in order to be saved, why bother? I remember a conversation I had with a neighbor a few years ago. He comes from a nominal Catholic background, and I was explaining to him the meaning of grace. I said that we can never deserve God's love for us. God's grace means that God loves us because he loves us, not because we've done anything ourselves to make him love us. And you know what he said? He said: Oh, so that means I can go out and live and party and do whatever I want, and just ask God to forgive me, and he will. You mean I can just do or not do whatever I want and God just loves me. Maybe you've heard responses like that before. Maybe you've thought that yourself. But see, Paul understood that responses (and behavior) like that are possible. People can misuse their freedom to indulge their flesh, but it's only because they don't actually understand grace. See, in this wrong way of thinking, people confuse grace and salvation. Grace is how we are saved, but what is this salvation that grace brings us into? Ultimately our salvation is that we get God. We belong to God. Grace does not make us a god unto ourselves, but grace reconciles us back to the God who made us and fills us with his Spirit. Our salvation is fellowship with God and in that fellowship we have the freedom to live for God's glory … and for others and their good. This brings us to the second thing Paul tells us about the road of love. #2 - The road of love through love serves one another. (v. 13c) Look at the end of verse 13. Don't misuse freedom to indulge the flesh, but, verse 13: Through love serve one another. And this is the absolute perfect way to say it. In light of what's going on with the Galatians, Paul says it this way on purpose: “Through love serve one another.” So it's not just serve, but it's serve through love. It's not just love, but it's through love serve. See … serving without love is busyness, but love without serving is empty. So we need them both to stay together. There is a way to serve others not from love. It's a kind of going through the motions that might either be frenzied or it might be boring — it may look like a lot of activity, or it may look humdrum — but either way, serving without love means we're doing things but we've lost touch with our motive. It means maybe we've gotten “good” at ministry but we've forgotten the heart behind it. This is something to beware of. Serving without love is busyness … But love without serving is empty. There is a way to only theoretically understand the importance of love. If you read the Bible, you have to at least start here, because the Bible has so much to say about love. We can easily see that love is important, and we can nod our heads, but if we're not actually putting love into action by serving others in tangible ways, then we are missing it. Don't just check the box that love is important, show love. Don't just agree with the idea of love, but practice love through actions. First John 3:18, “Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” So SERVE through love; through love serve — — this is the road of love, and if we're all thinking this way, if we as men and women are centered on the gospel and holding these things together … it will change your home; it will change a church; it will change a city. This is the road of love. Last thing to see here: #3 - The road of love embraces the depths of love. (v. 14) Now we all know that the word “love” is overused. It's so common that it doesn't sound profound to us. It doesn't come across as significant. It might even sound a little trite or cliche, right? But to be clear, that is not at all the way the Bible talks about love. Look at verse 14: For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The whole law. y'all. All of the laws in the Old Testament about how we should treat one another. All of them. Paul says it's really quite simple. He says the same thing in Romans 13:8–10, Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. So there you go! So next time you're reading the Old Testament and you get a little confused, just skip to here. This is your answer in the back of the book. All the laws are basically one law: love. And Jesus taught us this: the greatest commandment of all, he said, is to love God with everything you are; the second commandment is to love others. Jesus said on these two commandments depend all the Law and Prophets (see Matthew 22:37–40). Love God; love people. Simple, right? But do we really have any idea how deep this is? First, love is our primary calling in relation to God. We are called to love God, which does not mean to merely have a positive, sentimental disposition toward him. But we are called to love God as in have a wholehearted, life-encompassing, community-impacting, exclusive commitment to God. See, a lot of folks might think they love God because they have some good feelings about him. Jesus said to love God with every fiber of your being … and … love other people too. Ultimately, love them as in seek their good in God. Serve others through love so that they would know a little bit more about God's love for them. And see now we've come to the very foundation of it all. The Foundation of It All We've looked at these two roads — we've seen the road of strife and now we've looked at the road of love — and whichever road our church takes is for our church to decide. So can we decide love? [Can we all agree on that?!] But see, get this: if we are going to walk down and keep walking down this road of love, the most important thing is to know God's love for us. The apostle John says “We love because God first loved us” (1 John 4:19). And that is profoundly true. We're talking depths here. I like the way one pastor has put it: He says, “a heart aloof from God grows aloof from others. …and ends up engaging in merciless comparisons and endless faultfinding” — or Paul would say you devour one another. This is strife! — And “therefore all restoration” — any renewal we might experience in our love for one another — “begins by going back to God first, prodigals that we are.” (Ray Ortlund, The Gospel, 117) This is where the road of love starts, and it's what we have to remind one another every step along the way. God — the Creator of the heavens and earth; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Yahweh who says I will be who I will be and I will show mercy on whom I will show mercy — God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through the gospel of Jesus Christ has become our Father who knows the very number of hairs on our heads, even as he knew us and chose us before the foundations of the world not to be destined for wrath but to obtain salvation, this God who is so radically for us that nothing can be against us, and nothing can come between us, this God … loves you. He loves you. He loves you. And he made that clear to us at the cross of Jesus, which brings us to this Table. The Table At this Table, as we receive the bread and the cup, we give Jesus thanks for his death in our place. We eat and we drink remembering that Jesus and his cross is everything to us. And if that's your story this morning, if you trust in Jesus Christ, if you know that you are loved by God, we invite you to eat and drink with us.
Author and pastor Garrett Kell knows well the crushing weight of sexual sin. His story crosses abject hopelessness and suffocating guilt, leading him to freedom at last. Show Notes and Resources Bonus: Listen to guests, Garrett Kell and Ray Ortlund as they expand on the affects of pornography and how we can win against it. Find resources from this podcast at shop.familylife.com. Find more content and resources on the FamilyLife's app! Help others find Familylife. Leave a review on Apple Podcast or Spotify. Check out all the Familylife's on the FamilyLife Podcast Network
Our world is saturated with avenues to lust. The prevalence of pornography usage and sex addiction are major problems for men and women both inside and outside the church. Is there a way out? In this episode, Pastors Philip and Eric discuss how we can be freed from the constant struggle of lust. Have you ever felt trapped in an endless cycle of sin that you cannot break? When we lust, we're trying to meet deep spiritual needs for security, significance, and satisfaction. The righteousness that God requires in this area is something that we cannot manufacture on our own. We need a new heart through the gospel message, which is that Jesus is our righteousness and the only one who can produce true heart transformation. So how do we get there? There are 5 steps along the path to cultivating a heart of purity: Grieve it Get distance from it Confess it Get underneath it Replace it Additional recommended resources: "Purity is Possible" by Helen Thorn: https://www.amazon.com/Purity-Possible-Helen-Thorne/dp/1909919845/ "The Death of Porn" by Ray Ortlund: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Porn-Integrity-Building-Nobility/dp/1433576694/ To watch the sermon for this episode, click here: https://youtu.be/wxWkdctiJGo
Hundreds of years before the Messiah arrived in Bethlehem, Isaiah prophesied about him many times. And when modern readers turn to this Old Testament prophet, passages related to Christmas can't help but leap from the page. Prophesies about a great light, a child born, someone named Immanuel, a suffering servant, the lamb of God, and, of course, the prince of peace. To help unpack this book of Christmas prophecies, Charles Morris speaks to Ray Ortlund Jr., Old Testament scholar and son of Haven's third Speaker. If you are a longtime listener to Haven, his voice will be immediately recognizable. A pastor to pastors, Ray is the perfect person to help you reflect on the powerful themes of Christmas and the cross in the book of Isaiah.
Support this show by leaving a rating and review! Sam Allberry joins us in this episode to discuss the place our bodies have both theology and the culture around us. Sam and Shane talk about Jesus as an embodied person, how Christians should approach their bodies, and how to have hope in the midst of hook up culture. Partner with us for $5 a month and receive a free Naked Gospel coffee mug! Check out Sam's latest book, What God Has to Say about Our BodiesSam Allberry is a pastor, apologist, and speaker. He is the author of 7 Myths About Singleness, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?, and, most recently, What God Has to Say About Our Bodies. He is in the process of moving to the United States to join the staff at Immanuel Nashville, is a Canon Theologian for the Anglican Church in North America, and is the co-host (with Ray Ortlund) of TGC's podcast You're Not Crazy: Gospel Sanity for Young Pastors.
Special guest Ray Ortlund, author and Pastor to Pastors at Immanuel Church in Nashville, discusses Psalm 23 with Pastor Jim. Join us for Daily Devotions with Pastor Jim Thomas. Each morning, he will share a selection of his favorite devotionals along with a short time of prayer. This is a resource of The Village Chapel in Nashville, Tennessee. Artwork for the podcast by Kim Thomas, music by Phil Keaggy. Artwork and music used by permission Follow TVC Online: www.thevillagechapel.com Facebook.com/tvcnashville Twitter.com/tvcnashville Instagram.com/tvcnashville
Pastors, we love you! One reason why we offer Pastors and Wives Retreats is that we know how important rest, renewal, and encouragement is for your life and ministry. On today's episode of the podcast, we feature mini-interviews from pastors and wives, and encouraging word from Ray Ortlund all from this year's retreat in Vail, CO.
Leave us a rating and review! Pastor Ray Ortlund joins us today to talk through why Christians are hooked on porn. Shane and Ray discuss why porn is present in the Church, the nature of sex industry, and where Jesus is in the midst of porn.Consider supporting this show by clicking here. Get a copy of The Death of Porn here! (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; MA, The University of California, Berkeley; PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland) is president of Renewal Ministries, and an Emeritus Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He founded Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and now serves from Immanuel as Pastor to Pastors. Ray has authored a number of books, including The Gospel: How The Church Portrays The Beauty of Christ and Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel. He and his wife, Jani, have four children.
In this episode, Lindsay is joined by Chelsea Sobolik. They discuss Biden's defense of his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, how Christians can speak up for women in Afghanistan, the new Texas abortion ban, and what we are seeing in the aftermath of Hurrican Ida. They also give a rundown of this week's ERLC content including Jordan Wootten with How the grace of Jesus enables us to say no to pornography: An interview with Ray Ortlund on The Death of Porn: Men of Integrity Building a World of Nobility, Herbie Newell with "3 ways Christians can remember the people of Haiti: Showing generosity to a joyful people amid tragedy," and O.S. Hawkins with "The legacy of George W. Truett: Pastor, builder, and defender of religious liberty."ERLC ContentJordan Wootten with How the grace of Jesus enables us to say no to pornography: An Interview with Ray Ortlund on The Death of Porn: Men of Integrity Building a World of NobilityHerbie Newell with 3 ways Christians can remember the people of Haiti: Showing generosity to a joyful people amid tragedyO.S. Hawkins with The legacy of George W. Truett: Pastor, builder, and defender of religious libertyCultureBiden defends decision to withdraw from AfghanistanU.S. withdrawal leaves Afghan allies grappling with fear, anger and panicChristians Must Speak Up for the Women of AfghanistanTexas abortion ban goes into effect after justices fail to actThe Texas Heartbeat Bill Is a Preview of a Post-Roe WorldThe aftermath of Hurricane IdaSBC ready to help following Hurricane IdaLunchroomChelsea: Full Focus Planner Lindsay: tweetConnect with us on Twitter@ERLC@LeatherwoodTN@LindsNicoletSponsorsJust Ask: The Joy of Confident, Bold, Patient, Relentless, Shameless, Dependent, Grateful, Powerful, Expectant Prayer by J.D. Greear | This episode was brought to you by The Good Book Company. In J.D. Greear's latest book, (title), he shows us how prayer was a non-negotiable daily staple in Jesus' life, more essential to him than eating or sleeping, and why we need to be committed to prayer as well. | Find out more about this book at thegoodbook.comPrison Fellowship: Outrageous Justice | This episode is brought to you by Prison Fellowship. PF is excited to release the Outrageous Justice small-group curriculum, designed to awaken Christians to the need for justice that restores. Find out more about this resource at prisonfellowship.org.
"Remain Faithful" was the title and theme of Acts 29's US virtual conference in 2020. With so many disruptions to “normal” life, we knew many church leaders were feeling tired, discouraged, and ready to give up. Each session from Matt Chandler, Ray Ortlund, Tony Merida, Tory Mayo, Jen Wilkin, and Rudy Rubio encouraged us to hang on, endure, keep going, keep making disciples, stay the course, go the distance with Christ. For this week's episode of The Acts 29 Podcast, we want to feature the talk Tory Mayo gave on staying faithful in our discipleship with Lord Jesus.
"Remain Faithful" was the title and theme of Acts 29's US virtual conference in 2020. With so many disruptions to “normal” life, we knew many church leaders were feeling tired, discouraged, and ready to give up. Each session from Matt Chandler, Ray Ortlund, Tony Merida, Tory Mayo, Jen Wilkin, and Rudy Rubio encouraged us to hang on, endure, keep going, keep making disciples, stay the course, go the distance with Christ. For this week's episode of The Acts 29 Podcast, we want to feature the talk Jen Wilkin gave on staying faithful to make disciples of Christ.
"Remain Faithful" was the title and theme of Acts 29's US virtual conference in 2020. With so many disruptions to “normal” life, we knew many church leaders were feeling tired, discouraged, and ready to give up. Each session from Matt Chandler, Ray Ortlund, Tony Merida, Tory Mayo, Jen Wilkin, and Rudy Rubio encouraged us to hang on, endure, keep going, keep making disciples, stay the course, go the distance with Christ. For this week's episode of The Acts 29 Podcast, we want to feature the message Tony Merida gave on staying faithful to tell others about Jesus, bearing witness, and proclaiming the excellencies of Christ.
This week's audio is an interview from our 2019 Global Gathering featuring Sam Storms, Ray Ortlund, and Tony Merida. Listen as Ray and Sam share the wisdom and insight they have learned over the years.
"Remain Faithful" was the title and theme of Acts 29's US virtual conference in 2020. With so many disruptions to “normal” life, we knew many church leaders were feeling tired, discouraged, and ready to give up. Each session from Matt Chandler, Ray Ortlund, Tony Merida, Tory Mayo, Jen Wilkin, and Rudy Rubio encouraged us to hang on, endure, keep going, keep making disciples, stay the course, go the distance with Christ. Rudy Rubio is the Lead Pastor of the Reformed Church of Los Angeles.
"Remain Faithful" was the title and theme of Acts 29's US virtual conference in 2020. With so many disruptions to “normal” life, we knew many church leaders were feeling tired, discouraged, and ready to give up. Each session from Matt Chandler, Ray Ortlund, Tony Merida, Tory Mayo, Jen Wilkin, and Rudy Rubio encouraged us to hang on, endure, keep going, keep making disciples, stay the course, go the distance with Christ. For this week's episode of The Acts 29 Podcast, we want to feature the message Ray Ortlund gave on staying faithful to Jesus, and being the kind of vessel the Lord wants to use for his Kingdom, his mission, and his glory.
"Remain Faithful" was the title and theme of Acts 29's US virtual conference in 2020. With so many disruptions to “normal” life, we knew many church leaders were feeling tired, discouraged, and ready to give up. Each session from Matt Chandler, Ray Ortlund, Tony Merida, Tory Mayo, Jen Wilkin, and Rudy Rubio encouraged us to hang on, endure, keep going, keep making disciples, stay the course, go the distance with Christ. For this week's episode of The Acts 29 Podcast, we want to feature the message our president, Matt Chandler, gave at our 2020 virtual conference. Listen as Matt talks about how vital it is to know our risen Lord, to live and serve from our union with him, and walking with him through whatever comes our way.
In this episode, I talk with P. Andrew Sandlin about why Pietism is destroying American culture, where it came from, and why it has made the church susceptible to Critical Race Theory. We talk about why being gospel centered isn't all it's cracked up to be, why evangelical leaders went woke, and why we need the law of God in every realm of life. We also talk about how John Piper's pietism led to his misplaced open letter about Donald Trump, why Ray Ortlund's glee at cultural decay is cringe worthy, and what can be done to clean up our current cultural mess.Show Notes: The Political Pietism of John Piper, by Andrew Sandlin Center for Cultural Leadership Andrew's Substack Ezra Institute
QUOTES FOR REFLECTION “Worldliness is that system of values, in any given age, which has at its center our fallen human perspective, which displaces God and his truth from the world, and which makes sin look normal and righteousness seem strange. It thus gives great plausibility to what is morally wrong and, for that reason, makes what is wrong seem normal.” ~David Wells (1939-present), Contemporary professor and author “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.” ~Martin Luther (1483-1546), German professor, author and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation “The soul is torn apart in a painful condition as long as it prefers the eternal because of its Truth but does not discard the temporal because of familiarity.” “The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.” ~St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Theologian and philosopher “We have zero motivation to repent, unless we see the mercy of God awaiting us. Not the slap of God, but the embrace of God. Repentance is not just turning from sin, not even that primarily. Repentance is primarily turning to God, moment by moment, because He has promised His mercy to the penitent.” ~Ray Ortlund, American minister and author “True repentance always terminates on Jesus. It does not wallow in self-loathing or delight in self-flagellation. Rather, it allows an honest sense of our sinfulness to drive us toward the depth of Christ's mercy in the gospel.” ~Kendal Haug & Will Walker, an excerpt from their Lenten Devotional Journey to the Cross SERMON PASSAGE Haggai 1:1-15 (ESV) 1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest: 2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.” 3 Then the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? 5 Now, therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. 6 You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes. 7 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. 8 Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the LORD. 9 You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the LORD of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house. 10 Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. 11 And I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the oil, on what the ground brings forth, on man and beast, and on all their labors.” 12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him. And the people feared the LORD. 13 Then Haggai, the messenger of the LORD, spoke to the people with the LORD's message, “I am with you, declares the LORD.” 14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the month, in the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.