Thursday, June 19, 2008

Miller High Life and the Epistle to the Romans

We are preaching through Romans at Church over Summer. Abraham Piper, of Twenty Two Words, wrote these words about the Spirit's use of Romans in his conversion:
One Tuesday morning, before 8 o’clock, I went to the library to check my e-mail. I had a message from a girl I’d met a few weeks before, and her e-mail mentioned a verse in Romans. I went down to the Circle K and bought a 40-ounce can of Miller High Life for $1.29. Then I went back to where I was staying, rolled a few cigarettes, cracked open my drink, and started reading Romans. I wanted to read the verse from the e-mail, but I couldn’t remember what it was, so I started at the beginning of the book. By the time I got to chapter 10, the beer was gone, the ashtray needed emptying and I was a Christian.

The best way I know to describe what happened to me that morning is that God made it possible for me to love Jesus. When He makes this possible and at the same time gives you a glimpse of the true wonder of Jesus, it is impossible to resist His call.
In this article, Abraham gives 12 thoughts on what to do if your child stops believing.

Pic by cc6ss.


Scott said...

I just read the full article of 12 things you can do.

I found it refreshing, honest, practical and for some weird reason very moving. I think I had something blow into my eye :)

Maybe I was thinking about my own two little kids and sitting across and awkward lunch from them - despire the daily prayer that this will never happen.

And I love the snippet from his testimony!

This is something I can definately use re: my ministry.

Thanks Jman

John said...

Augustine, Luther, Wesely...all converted by Romans :).

kristina said...

That's encouraging. Some of those points are helpful even in my backwards situation- it's my parents who don't believe.

sam said...

Great story. That's the power of the gospel!

A year 9 kid from the Youth Group i used to be involved in picked up Romans one day and just started reading. It all made sense till chapter 5. He got stuck there and re-read it, and re-read it, until it made sense to him. Became a Christian in his lounge room that day!

Chris White said...

there is definitely something to be said for the potent combination of cigs, beer, and scripture! ;)