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Jesus, Continued: Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better than Jesus Beside You is now available for pre-order.

Anyone who pre-orders (book delivers on Nov 4) will get two free gifts—a digital download of a five-song sampler from The Summit Church Music’s latest CD (with my favorite songs from it!) and a seven-day devotional based on Jesus, Continued. 

Jesus, Continued...

About the title: Jesus, Continued… Jesus said that through the church Jesus would “continue” his work. It wasn’t that in his earthly life he worked and now the church works in his absence… the Holy Spirit is the continuation of Jesus’ ministry on earth, now through his body, the church. Luke opens the book of Acts by saying that his Gospel was the story of all that Jesus “began” to do and teach. In other words, what Jesus began in Luke’s Gospel, he continues through his church in Acts.

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Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading around the web.

Video of the Week

“Fear not, little flock,” John Piper. This is one of several new “labs” from Desiring God—an online method of teaching the Bible, with “the camera on the text.” Piper walks us through the way he meditates on a text, and we follow his pen as scribbles in the margins. This is a great tool for anyone wanting some help in how they read (and teach) the Bible. I found it incredibly rich, and am looking forward to the others in this series.

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As a church, we recently finished a series through the book of Acts. It’s easy to get carried away by all of the dramatic stories in Acts, but as we finished the series, what stuck out to me was one simple word—faithfulness.

The apostles saw miracles that most of us could never imagine. They experienced ministry success that most pastors today will never see. Yet when we find the Apostle Paul nearing the end of his ministry (Acts 20:17ff), what is his concern? Faithfulness. “You’ve seen how I lived,” Paul says, “And you know that my only concern is to finish the task that Jesus gave me.”

As Paul would say elsewhere, “What is required of stewards is that they be found faithful” (1 Cor 4:2). A steward is just a servant. He doesn’t run the household, the master does. His only responsibility is to do what the master tells him. So if the master tells him to invest money in something that completely tanks, the steward doesn’t take the blame. On the other hand, if the master gives the steward an order that leads to great success, the steward doesn’t get the credit. Success and failure are master words; faithfulness is the concern of stewards.

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