Thursday, September 28, 2006

Young, Restless, Reformed

Great article this month from Christianity Today about the resurgence of Reformed theology among the young . . .

Young, Restless, Reformed

We have some of our own Young, Restless, Reformed here at Grace. They're sometimes like bulls in s china closet with their newly discovered enthusiasm for the doctines of Grace. Yet, I'll take some tameable bulls over lackluster, listless young men who aren't excited about anything in life.

A couple stand-out statements in the article...

Al Mohler:

This generation of young Christians is more committed, more theologically intense, more theologically curious, more self-aware and self-conscious as believers because they were not raised in an environment of cultural Christianity
Joshua Harris, referring to "humble orthodoxy":
If you really understand Reformed theology, we should all just sit around shaking our heads going, 'It's unbelievable. Why would God choose any of us?' You are so amazed by grace, you're not picking a fight with anyone, you're just crying tears of amazement that should lead to a heart for lost people, that God does indeed save, when he doesn't have to save anybody.
I agree. The more we understand the doctrines of Grace, the more humble and gracious toward others we will become. Likewise the more zealous for evangelism we will become. I have observed that people who are getting excited about God and His sovereign grace often go through a very "critical" stage, where they are right, everybody else is wrong, etc, etc. My friend David Hegg calls this the "RAM" or "Reformed Angry Man" stage. My experience has shown that most grow through this stage and move into the "winsome" stage. If we don't move beyond the RAM stage then we don't yet understand the grace of God in truth.

Incidentally, the article makes mention of one of the most influential books in my own life, J.I. Packer's Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God.

I have written and taught a study based on Packer's ideas that is posted in PDF format on our website HERE. Our elders recently worked through this study together.

Hat Tip: Pastor Al once again!

1 comment:

HV said...

Isn't that exciting!
My husband and I were just talking the other day about how we feel John Piper has probably been the greatest influence for the spread of reformed theology today. I am currently reading John Piper's book "God's Passion for His Glory". A quote I just read from his book says,

"And when, by the agency of prayer and witness and the illuminating grace of the Holy Spirit, unbelievers suddenly see the glory of God in Christ and rejoice in hope, it is because the Creator of the universe "has shone in their hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (2Cor. 4:6). Our evangelistic task is not to persuade people that the gospel was made for their felt needs, but that they were made for the soul-satisfying glory of God in the gospel."

It seems when we truly comprehend the docrines of Grace, we can truly "delight" in the Lord.

Thanks Pastor Tim for not being ashamed of the gospel of Christ and preaching it like it is.
HV