About a year and a half ago, I decided to take the plunge and begin preaching my way through the book of Romans. The journey through the book so far has benefited my faith in many ways – not the least of those ways being the constant reminder of what a colossal privilege it is for a corrupt, rebellious, totally depraved sinner like me to be a Christian.
Early on in Romans, the reader of Romans is overwhelmed (in a good way!) with the truth of human depravity. You don’t even get three chapters into the letter before you are required to square with the truth of your sinfulness. … Continue reading
What is the greatest commandment? Jesus answers, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’” and “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” (Matthew 22:37 & 39). Although the Pharisees tried to box him into a situational answer, to set him up for failure,  Jesus both corrects and dodges them pointing out the foundational reason for every commandment: devotion to the Lord.
Jesus answer addresses the true reason for every commandment: worship. The use of ‘love’ in this text, conveys the idea of worship and devotion. To live is Christ.… Continue reading
Below is an “email” I gave to our men’s group to answer. This is a good test. Answer the email thoroughly, then have a leader assess your answer. Enjoy.
Thank you again for your help and direction to my friend Ted and getting him into a church. He suggested I reach out to you on an issue.
I’ve been attending a church for a while now, going to a Bible Study and this Sunday they announced two men to be elders. They said if I have any issues to raise them. I’m not sure why? What should I look for in an elder?… Continue reading
Okay, here’s a little exercise. Read the following (fake) email and respond. This was a great exercise for our Men’s Leadership training. Feel free to respond in the comments below or use it to talk among your friends.
Our goal in life is to serve people. Many of us find opportunities to help others in their walk with Christ. One area the modern church needs to grow in is ecclesiology. So may this help you. Please use Bible verses in your response.
About a year ago I was saved. Since then I have thought about whether or not I should attend church.… Continue reading
Theology is life, or so it says on the t-shirts. But the real truth is that theology must impact life, any theology, no matter how orthodox, that doesn’t shape the way life is lived is worthless. R.C. Sproul put it this way in his helpful basic systematic theology, Everyone’s A Theologian:
The purpose of theology is not to tickle our intellects, but to instruct us in the ways of God, so that we can grow up into maturity and fullness of obedience to Him. That is why we engage in theology.
Perhaps no passage in the New Testament has so tickled intellects and been the subject of more idol theological curiosity than Philippians 2:5-8, often called the Kenosis of Christ.… Continue reading