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What Does "Saved By Grace Through Faith" Mean To Underground Christians? A Final Excerpt From Living in the Underground Church

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We have now reached the end of our proposed methodology for taking up the Bible in a way that takes us underground. What may we conclude on the basis of this proposed liturgy for life in the underground church? Specifically, this: That we are saved by grace through faith. That phrase is...

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The End of our Reading is Eternal Life: An Excerpt from Living in the Underground Church

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In the Upper Room shortly before his Gethsemane, Jesus prays to the Father. The focus of his prayer is not that his disciples would come to discern and fulfill their callings, nor that the disciples would come to fully know and do what God wants, nor that the disciples would be saved, nor that...

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Do Whatever He Tells You: An Excerpt from Living in the Underground Church

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The command of God is only secondarily an address to us. It is first and foremost a statement of how God has acted and how he will act. What we are being told in the command is the only sensible reaction to what God has done and will do. In other words, God’s command is his gracious...

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Christ Commands His Body: An Excerpt from Living in the Underground Church

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Identifying the commands of God in Scripture is neither difficult nor time consuming. We go through the passage we are reading and we underline or highlight the divine verbs. It takes only moments. But what takes a Christian lifetime is understanding who is being commanded, and who completes...

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How the Context of a Scripture Offers a Panoramic View Of God's Character: An Excerpt from Living in the Underground Church

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Most of us would agree that to understand a passage of scripture we must understand its context. In fact, this is why many people do not read the Bible very much or very deeply on their own: They think they cannot understand it fully or correctly unless the context is first explained to them by...

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Seeing as Infants through the Nicene Creed: An Excerpt from Living in the Underground Church

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Each time we open the Bible to read a passage of scripture, we should begin by asking, “How does the Nicene Creed help me to see the Triune God here?”   In Matthew 11:25, Jesus speaks of those to whom the Father and Son are revealed. He praises the Father, saying, “you...

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Why The Bible Will Always Lead Us Underground: An Excerpt from Living in the Underground Church

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  One day there came into one of the mission stations a sturdy Christian from the north. After the usual greetings, he was asked the purpose of his visit. His reply was, “I have been memorizing some verses in the Bible, and have come to recite them for you.” He lived a...

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Life as Sagyeonghoe: An Excerpt from Living in the Underground Church

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(Tonight I finished writing the introduction to Living in the Underground Church, the third volume of our Underground Church series. The book is due out in November, but I'm eager to share this excerpt with you. You can find Volume 1 of the series, Preparing for the...

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The Three Circumstances In Which The Church Is Obligated to Go Underground

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John Calvin identified two marks of the true church: “the word of God purely preached and heard, and the pure administration of the sacraments.”[36] The only legitimate reason to take the church underground, then, is to overcome any hindrance to the word of God being purely preached...

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Four Ways To Deny Yourself And One Way To Carry Your Cross

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Korean culture has always considered it good and right for parents to make great sacrifices and undergo superhuman suffering so that their children can have a better life. For example, parents may work dangerously long hours and even lose their health in order to send their children to a...

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