I Argue For Your Good

It doesn't result in a good tone for writers or teachers.

Yet, if I were to step back and ask, "What is the mission of my teaching?" I could make that case that it is to win arguments.

Not just any kind of argument, though.

Taking my cue from Paul:

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

In other words, I believe that the world barrages us all with "arguments…against the knowledge of God." Effective, life-changing teaching, then, must be a "counter-argument" to those very arguments.

The way you think is a combination of a bunch of forces: the media, your teachers, your parents, your natural wiring. Those thoughts aren't naturally for you. When you doubt, self-loath, fear, limit or shame yourself -- those thoughts don't come from God.  

But they are often so compelling, you can't help but believe them.

Doing battle against these kinds of "arguments" and taking captive minds, yours as well as others, is a call for all Christians. I happen to take to this in full stride and passion.

The challenge is getting and keeping the attention of readers like yourself. This is the struggle. And it's real.

When I am unable to pull you forward through my writing, to keep you reading when there are other distractions, then I lose the argument.

When I cannot instill a compelling notion that helps you change the course of your thought-life to experience Christ's grace and the promise of God's kingdom in tangible, daily ways, then I lose the argument.

More information will never win an argument and take anyone's mind captive.

Transformation, on the other hand, does.

So if you were to ask, "What is the mission, heart, and voice behind Ignite," it would be to win arguments so your minds are renewed, not conforming to the ways of the world, but seeing God's good and perfect will in your life through Christ's finished work on the cross.

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