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10 Things You Should Know About The Judgment Of The Believer

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Do Not Quench the Spirit!

– An Excerpt from Practicing the Power by Sam Storms

4 Reasons God Created Us

“We’ve been created to join the party!”

– Sam Storms


The Bible says of Christ, “by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him,” (Col 1:16), and “for him” means for His glory. Since we we’re also created, you don’t have to be a theologian to know we’re created for His glory too. Just look up into the stars some night and you’ll see that “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).

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Do Christians “go to heaven” when they Die?

Sam Storms:

There is a loud chorus of voices these days denouncing, in a somewhat condescending way, the long-standing belief among evangelicals that when Christians die they go to heaven. In one sense, this outcry is good and constructive. It is an understandable and much-needed response to the unbiblical gnosticism of some “fundamentalist” Christians who denigrate material creation, diminish the reality of a future bodily resurrection, and fail to reckon with the centrality in God’s redemptive purpose of the New Heavens and especially the New Earth.

So, is my answer to the question posed in the title, No? Not quite. My answer is: Immediately, Yes. Eternally, No. Or again, to simplify, when a Christian dies he/she immediately passes into the conscious presence of Christ in heaven. But when the day of resurrection arrives, he/she will be given a new and glorified body in which all of God’s people will live and flourish on the New Earth (of Revelation 21-22).


10 Things You Should Know About The Lord’s Supper From 1 Corinthians 11:23-34

Worship is an End in Itself

Sam Storms:

Worship is utterly and eternally unique in one critically important respect: unlike every other Christian responsibility or experience, worship is an end in itself. In other words, worship that glorifies God must be expressed in conscious awareness that this is the ultimate goal for which we were created and redeemed. We do not worship God in order to attain some higher end, or to accomplish some greater goal, or to experience a more satisfying joy.

Every other ministry or activity of the Christian serves some higher end. There is a “so that” appended to everything we do, except for worship. We preach, so that . . . We evangelize, so that . . . We cultivate fellowship in the body of Christ, so that . . . We study the Bible, so that . . . But when it comes to glorifying God by enjoying him and all that he is for us in Jesus, we can never say we do it so that . . . as if worship simply was a step on the path to something more ultimate, or as if worship were merely a door through which we proceed into something more important, or as if worship were merely one experience that we pursue for the sake of yet another, higher and more satisfying experience.

Worship is not simply one part of the church’s existence. It is the point of the church’s existence.

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