Prodigals II: Making a Prodigal 1

Where do prodigals come from? Some people are quick to say “It’s all my fault!”, while others say, “There’s nothing I could have done!” Prodigals are seen as the automatic product of sinful influences outside of them, or as the mysterious losers of the bad heart lottery. But you can’t turn someone into a prodigal automatically, and they don’t just happen for no reason. Prodigals are sinners surrounded by sinners, and so going prodigal is what happens when sinful influences operate on a sinful heart. Sin from the outside combines with sin on the inside to produce a prodigal, unless andBecause…

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Prodigals I: What Is a Prodigal?

Demas, in love with this present world, deserted Paul and the gospel ministry. That’s a prodigal in a nutshell: someone who loses their first love and walks away from the faith; a covenant member who deserts Christ and His Church. While that turning away involves a prodigal’s whole being, it is often led by either the head, the hands, or the heart. Understanding these three dimensions of prodigality helps us know how best to respond when someone we love departs from the faith.A heretic is a prodigal of the head who departs from the faith through wrong or false belief.…

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Covenant Father 19: Abraham's Offspring - Galatians 3

As we come to the end of our look at the life of Abraham, this is what the NT makes of Abraham. Hebrews 11 presents Abraham’s resurrection hope, Romans 4 says that the promise to Abraham comes through faith, and Galatians 3 tells you that if you are in Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring.Paul begins by rebuking the foolish Galatians for sharing in Abraham’s blessings for the world while acting like their birth or their behavior had something to do with it. “Where did Abraham get his blessings?” Paul asks, “From the flesh? From being circumcised? From the works…

Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 by CJ Bowen