Predestination teaches that God doesn’t love us because we’re lovely; God loves us with a love that makes us lovely. Intriguingly, the apostle Paul uses the seemingly problematic doctrine of predestination in order to heal divisions in the Corinthian church. When we realize that we contributed nothing to our salvation – that even our faith is a gift from God – we can become humble men and women that boast only in the cross of Christ. It is only when we make that boast and cease boasting in ourselves that we can become true agents of healing and reconciliation.
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
April 20, 1997 • Dr. Timothy Keller • Series: Hot Potatoes From Corinthians
Two Men With Money
2 Kings 5:13-19, Luke 19:5-10 • October 21, 2001 • Dr. Timothy Keller
Meeting with God and grasping the grace he freely gives us changes our relationship to our money, possessions, and career. When we see that salvation cannot be earned or gained through hard work, we are freed from the idolatry of wealth. When we experience this freedom, we can give with spontaneity and joy.
Isaiah 53:4-11; 54:1-5, 11-14 • September 25, 2005 • Dr. Timothy Keller
The gospel is not moral conformity, which is religion, nor is it self-discovery, which is secularism. The gospel is something else altogether — a grid through which we see the world. There are three results of the gospel: the restructuring of our hearts, the removal of our sin, and the reversal of our values.
John 17:13-19 • March 15, 1992 • Dr. Timothy Keller
To be in mission means to be sent. Jesus’ mission was to reveal the truth of God’s character and to save mankind from destruction. A Christian is one who has been drawn into a healing relationship with God in order to be sent out to reveal his image and saving grace to others.