…what would a Christian definition of happiness look like? Is there such a thing as Christian happiness? If so, what would it include?
I believe there is such a thing as Christian happiness, quite distinct from any other kind of happiness, but the problem is that it is so multi-layered and multi-dimensional that it’s probably impossible to define it in one sentence. Believe me, I’ve tried. Consider even just the following sample sources of Christian happiness.
A commentary on Christian t-shirts
Watch to the end (seriously):
Today you can get Twelve Challenges Churches Face by Mark Dever for only $5 in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Other items on sale:
- Surprised by Suffering by R.C. Sproul (ePub)
- Who is the Holy Spirit teaching series by Sinclair Ferguson (audio & video download)
- Foundations of Grace by Steven Lawson (hardcover)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.
One of my favorite translations (it’s increasingly fighting with the ESV as my translation of choice) has a great study Bible—and you can get it for $2.99 for the Kindle. Also on sale is the ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible for $9.99. Both of these are pretty great resources that I wouldn’t pass up at these prices.
In case his name doesn’t sound familiar, Arius was a famous fourth-century false teacher who taught that the Son of God was a created being. Consequently, Arius denied Christ’s equality with God the Father, and along with it, the doctrine of the Trinity. Essentially, he was the original Jehovah’s Witness. His views were very popular during his lifetime and for many years afterward, even though they were denounced at the Council of Nicaea in 325 (and again at the Council of Constantinople in 381).
I was very surprised at one facet of some recent research we conducted as we interviewed pastors across America.* One of our questions asked if the pastor’s church does a good job of meeting the needs of first time guests. Surprisingly, 90 percent of the pastors said “yes.”
Did you get that? Less than 20 percent of the guests said their visit was good, but 90 percent of the pastors perceive the opposite, that most guests have a good visit.
Why is there such a discrepancy between the pastors’ perceptions and the real experiences of the guests? May I suggest five reasons many pastors have blindness regarding the first-time guests?