Christians must learn to meditate, but not like the pagans. There’s a massive difference between the two.
This sermon was preached at Covenant Bible Church on the Lord’s Day, March 26th, 2023. This sermon is a summary of the entirety of 1 John. It also serves as a comprehensive primer on the Doctrine of the Assurance of Salvation.
Total Depravity? Yes. But not for the Christian. So what does the Bible actually teach regarding the relationship between the Christian and sin?
We are blessed when we are persecuted for doing good. We are blessed when we are reviled for righteousness sake. But we are NOT blessed if we are fools, merely experiencing the natural consequences of being a jerk. Discernment and spiritual maturity is required to know the difference.
The word gospel literally means good news. The good news of the gospel is that God himself has come to rescue and renew all of creation in and through the work of Jesus Christ, for the good of his people and to the praise of his glorious grace. So why does all creation, including you and I, need rescuing? The …
Pagan meditation seeks to suppress the analytical side of the mind and focus on the feelings and of the heart, while Christian meditation is so rational, it can actually cause us to regularly contend with our hearts. Christians don’t follow (or listen) to their hearts, we preach to our hearts.