Try Something Old

In this day and age, we are bombarded with messages suggesting that we try the latest and greatest thing.  I want to encourage you to do something completely different.  I would like to suggest that you not try something new, but “try something old.”

By “something old” I mean the Gospel of Jesus Christ, particularly as it was recovered by the sixteenth-century Reformers and those who followed them.  Many refer to these teachings as the doctrines of grace. because they focused on the grace of God given to His people through Jesus Christ.

 

Here’s something old.

Many people look to the latest philosophy or religion to find the meaning of life.  In the seventeenth century, a group of theologians and pastors gathers to produce a summary of their beliefs to guide and provide instruction for their churches.  The result was the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. I believe the very first question in the Shorter Catechism, a guide for teaching the Christian faith to the children of church members, provides the best answer to “what is the meaning of life?”

 

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Grace and Peace,

rjm

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