The Hope, the Promise, the Future

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 8, 2011

I received a letter from Steve DeNeff, a pastor from Indiana, concerning the hope, the promise, and the future of the people of God. Regarding the people of God, he says (adapted):

  • They want churches that preach repentance.
  • They want sermons on absolutes.
  • They want worship that transcends the temporal.
  • They see a God who is bigger than life, who occupies the center.
  • They are ordinary people with annoying consciences.
  • They believe the deepest truths have already been discovered.
  • They think church growth is not a science, but a function of a sovereign God.
  • They believe after every conversion comes a life of discipleship, or it is really no conversion at all.
  • When they consider the martyrs, they think of paying to their sons the debt they owe the fathers.
  • They sometimes feel estrangement from the visible church.
  • They are serious. Intense.
  • They are not arrogant or rude.
  • They do not go looking for a fight, but they know when they stake out a position, controversy will await them.
  • They know their future hinges on the sovereignty of God.





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