What Is Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit?

~ Pastor J.D.

Shortly after the release of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved, I began seeing a surge in the number of questions about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit—often called the “unpardonable sin.” I deal with that in the book, but it has proven to be such a persistent question that I thought I’d address it here as well. Enjoy.

–Pastor J.D.

The idea of “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” comes from the Gospels, where Jesus calls this a sin for which there is no forgiveness (Luke 12:10, cf. Matthew 12:32; Mark 3:29). Unfortunately, Jesus does not spell out definitively what blasphemy against the Holy Spirit means. It would have cleared things up if he had said, “Whoever says these specific words or does this specific act, they sure are in for it. No grace for them.” Alas, he did not.

Continue: https://jdgreear.com/blog/blasphemy-holy-spirit/

You Aren’t the Good Samaritan

In the story of the Good Samaritan, there comes a point where Jesus turns the religious man’s question on its head. The conversation started with a law expert asking Jesus what a person could do to inherit eternal life. Of course, if you know anything about the life and teaching of Jesus, you know the whole point of his coming was that we could not save ourselves, so he came to save us.

Which is why Jesus puts an interesting twist into the story.

Continue: https://jdgreear.com/blog/arent-good-samaritan/

Hell Is the Default Destination

Hell Is the Default Destination

Most people assume that as long as they don’t mess things up in their time here on earth, they’ll go to heaven when they die. But Scripture says the opposite. God created us for heaven, but the rebellion of the human race, in which we are all participating, has destined us for hell.

Hell, not heaven, is our default destination.

Read more: http://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/301595-hell-default-destination-jd-greear.html

Loving Your Neighbor Means Giving Yourself

There is a particular temptation that many churches in America face today. Like the priest and the Levite in the story of the Good Samaritan, we’re all into religious duties—reading the Bible, tithing (or something close to tithing), volunteering, going to small group. But for many of us, when we look at our lives, there’s very little giving away of ourselves.

Jesus referred to this in Matthew 23:23 when he said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others” (ESV).

When we emphasize the marginal but neglect the essential—loving people—we have become the Pharisees.

In the same story, Jesus gave us an example for how we should love our neighbors. That example was the Samaritan, a man who showed us the “who,” “when,” and “how much” of loving our neighbors.

1. Who is our neighbor?

Read the rest of Greear’s blog at:

https://jdgreear.com/blog/loving-neighbor-means-giving/

Four truths that shape the way we view baptism

http://www.jdgreear.com/my_weblog/2016/09/four-truths-that-shape-the-way-we-view-baptism.html

Prayer Doesn’t Empower Ministry; Prayer Is the Ministry

“God is not going to answer your prayers if you aren’t praying them.”

It was a day everyone in Israel would talk about for centuries to come. Solomon had built God’s temple, and during their very first worship service, God’s presence had come so near that the priests themselves couldn’t even set foot in God’s house.

What do you think you would have done? If you saw God face to face, in all his majesty, how would you respond? I find it pretty informative what Solomon did: He prayed.

More: http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/286959-prayer-doesnt-empower-ministry-prayer-ministry-jd-greear.html?mpweb=256-1842860-716263646

The Gospel Prayer

 

This weekend, at the Summit, I’m dusting off an old resource and rolling it back out. It’s a little prayer I pray, almost every day, to fortify my mind in the gospel. I call it the gospel prayer.

This isn’t a magical prayer, and it’s certainly not something I claim to have invented. It came about a few years ago as I began to see how central the gospel is to all of Scripture and all of the Christian life. This was my way of applying the gospel to my daily life. As we often say around the Summit, the gospel isn’t just the diving board; it’s the pool itself.

There are four components to the prayer, and all four flow out of our identity in Christ. Because I am in Christ…

Read more: http://www.jdgreear.com/my_weblog/2016/08/the-gospel-prayer.html