This is part 2 of my review of Stanley’s “Aftermath” sermon series. Andy plays “Scripture Alone” off “stand alone” to try to establish that the first “Christians” didn’t even have a Bible (a claim he makes), but instead focused solely on Jesus’ resurrection. This resurrection makes Christianity unassailable, where an “absolutely true book” makes Christianity a “house of cards.”
Short answer: a covenantal understanding of word and event is the remedy to Stanley’s errors.
This is part 1 of my interaction with Andy Stanley’s “Aftermath” sermon series. In short, Andy believes we need to “unhitch” Christianity from the Old Testament that it might not be difficult for people to convert.
Out position, however, is that you can’t have the fruit of Jesus without the root of the “Old Testament.”
Check out this excellent article at Desiring God by friend Joost Nixon. An “altar call” of sorts to participate in training leaders of the global church.
Today one of the biggest obstacles to theological education abroad is a reluctance to humble oneself and step out into discomfort — and yes, sometimes even into danger — for the health of the global church. If every generation is invited to share in Christ’s sufferings, are we missing our moment? Leaving one’s comfort zone is positively inconvenient at times, but what a privilege, to be inconvenienced and discomfited for one another!