1. For a long time, well-intentioned pastors and college evangelists have applied Jesus’ words from Revelation 3:20 to the unconverted.
  2. God has given us a way out of our plight of “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” It is the way of the cross.
  3. “In a culture that promotes self-interest, children in church learn that something much bigger and more important than themselves is going on in their midst."
  4. Many Christians (including preachers) have succumbed to the idea that good preaching must be about practical living, and so most sermons are geared to scratch this pragmatic itch.
  5. Thankfully, our heavenly Father sent a Champion into the game to take our place. What we failed to do, He accomplished.