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Tim Brister

  • Gospel Centeredness Requires a High View of the Law

    A high view of the law will expose the sinfulness and seriousness of sin. The law was never meant to make us righteous in the sight of God (legalism) but to cause us to look for an alien righteousness found in Christ’s life.
    Tim Brister
    October 21,2014
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  • To Be Gospel-Centered, You Need the Holy Spirit

    Are we talking about the gospel to the neglect of the Spirit’s working in our lives? Are we substituting the gospel for the Spirit when explaining how we operate as Christians in the world? I think those are valid questions, and I want to briefly attempt to answer the question in this post.
    Tim Brister
    October 14,2014
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  • Gospel-Centered Application of the Word

    It is not enough that the preacher’s sermon is Christ-centered. The congregation should be trained to be, too. That entails not only expectations but also application, which is what I want to address in this post.
    Tim Brister
    October 7,2014
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  • Gospel-Centered Expectations

    What is the nature of your expectations every time you hear the Word of God preached? A gospel-centered church will have a congregation full of gospel-centered expectations every time the Word of God is proclaimed.
    Tim Brister
    September 30,2014
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  • Deliver Us from Inconsequential Successes

    When it comes to the Great Commission, there are basically three responses a church can have. A church can do nothing, something, or one thing.
    Tim Brister
    September 23,2014
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  • We are Debtors to the Triune God

    If you don’t know Octavius Winslow, let me introduce him to you...
    Tim Brister
    September 16,2014
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  • Re-Entering Every “Place” for Gospel Advance

    If we are going to follow Jesus into the world to make disciples through gospel advance, we need to be empowered by the Spirit to reject “subcultural” norms and re-enter for the purpose of showing and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Tim Brister
    September 9,2014
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  • 3 Truths about Platforms from John the Baptist

    The paradox of greatness according to Jesus runs on a totally different set of tracks than the world of raw, selfish ambition. What can we learn from the life of John the Baptist, since, after all, he did it better than anyone else?
    Tim Brister
    September 2,2014
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  • How Jesus Did NOT Pursue Celebrity and Prosperity

    Two key areas of struggle, it seems, for evangelicalism today can be found in celebrity culture and the prosperity gospel. In light of that, I found this excerpt from Henry Scougal’s The Life of God in the Soul of Man to be insightful and convicting.
    Tim Brister
    August 26,2014
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  • From Strangers to Missionaries: A Neighborhood Strategy for Mission

    Even in “reached” areas of our cities, there are many unreached and unengaged people. Let’s be honest: What percentage of our city is unengaged with the gospel? What percentage of people have any proximity to the kingdom of Christ?
    Tim Brister
    August 19,2014
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  • The Self-Dedication of Jonathan Edwards

    In my study of what it means to be a “living sacrifice,” I came across this journal entry from Jonathan Edwards on his self-dedication to God at the age of 20(!). I find this to be a powerful summary of what it means to be a living sacrifice to God.
    Tim Brister
    August 12,2014
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  • Toward a Counter-Cultural Community Part 3: On Idealized Community

    What forms biblical community is the gospel, and what continues to constitute Christian community is the gospel. But what if instead of the gospel, something else is at the center of community?
    Tim Brister
    August 5,2014
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  • Toward a Counter-Cultural Community Part 2: Community Idolatry

    Because idolatry is the sin beneath the sin, the motivational fruit for the behavioral fruit of our choices, it stands to reason that a counter-cultural community will come to terms with the idolatry-centered nature of secular society.
    Tim Brister
    July 29,2014
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  • Toward a Counter-Cultural Community Part 1: Societal Segregation

    In order for a gospel community to be counter-cultural, we first have to assess what we are encountering in the culture. How does culture and society determine how community is formed and fostered?
    Tim Brister
    July 22,2014
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  • Why Preach from a Manuscript?

    I have taken some time in recent days to reflect on the lessons I’ve learned and benefits I’ve received from using a full manuscript in my preaching, and I thought I share them here for what it’s worth.
    Tim Brister
    July 15,2014
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  • Triperspectivalism of the Risen Lord

    Between His resurrection and ascension into heaven, Jesus spent 40 days appearing multiple times to his disciples and some 500 people. One of the helpful reflections I’ve enjoyed this week was how Jesus revealed Himself during this time as prophet, priest, and king in such clear and convincing ways.
    Tim Brister
    July 8,2014
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  • Politics, Patriotism, and Making Disciples of Jesus

    No new Christian trusts Christ without a past, without presuppositions or convictions, and this includes politics, culture, and view of God and country.
    Tim Brister
    July 1,2014
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  • Me and My Ninety-Nine

    One of the challenges I face when it comes to maturing as a disciple of Jesus is working through passages familiar to my head (knowledge) but unengaged in my heart (life change).
    Tim Brister
    June 24,2014
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  • J.I. Packer on a “Fully Dressed” Gospel

    Christians can be right on the key facts of the gospel, but at the same time miss some of the critical implications and applications for daily living.
    Tim Brister
    June 17,2014
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  • When I Am My Own Prophet, Priest, and King

    The offices of Christ and his role as mediator of the New Covenant is one of the richest topics for sustained meditation and gospel enjoyment.
    Tim Brister
    June 10,2014
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