Christianity 201

October 20, 2012

Only God Can Do The Work of God

John 15 (NIV) 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Today’s Bible study — title borrowed from a quotation from Augustine — is an eight-minute video with Radical author David Platt and Crazy Love author Francis Chan discussing the times we try to do things under our strength instead of allowing The Spirit to do that work through us.


  1. I tapped you to participate in the Blogathon. Hope you’ll consider doing this. Thanks, Carley

    Comment by lambskinny — October 21, 2012 @ 11:47 am | Reply

  2. I wish I could watch the video

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — October 26, 2012 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

    • Back in the day, our internet baud rate (speed) was 1,200. (Today most people have 156,000 as a minimum.) So I would build up a list of things I wanted to watch and go to the library where they had ultra-high speed fibre optic connection.

      I mention that story simply to show that I can fully empathize. For the first three years at Thinking Out Loud I wouldn’t embed any videos in deference to many people I knew who lived in rural areas on very low-speed internet connection. I’m sure a few of my readers thought I didn’t know how to do it.

      We have a woman in our church who brings her computer to church with her each week so she can use the wireless there. This means she checks her email only once a week. Not sure exactly what she does with the thing the other six days, since so much of personal computing is online these days.

      I mention that story simply to suggest that there are other options, and some of the best involve the local church.. There is a church in a city north of us that opens their doors three afternoons a week so people can use their high speed internet. This is a really great ministry concept. In addition to people getting to use video media online, they are doing so in a group setting which takes something that tends to be isolationist and make it a social event.

      Failing that, there’s always David’s book, Radical; and Francis’ books, Crazy Love and Forgotten God.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 26, 2012 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks for the suggestions. My internet speed is only 512. The Church doesn’t have a connection. The library does, but I do not leave my hubby alone unnecessarily so I won’t spend time there. That leaves the books. Radical is on my list.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — October 29, 2012 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

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