It is never easy or fun to deal with personal sin. Being honest about one’s true condition at heart is scary, because the depth and pervasiveness of sin runs so deep. Instead of turning to God and His remedy, we are prone to seek solutions via superficial means.
We often view stimulants as the jolt to shake us out of our spiritual doldrums. Some look for a new hobby. Stamps used to be the annoying thing they licked and stuck on an envelope. Now they are the most valuable resource on the planet, and they can’t spend enough time tracing them down.… Continue reading
The term “Great Commission” is not found in Matthew 28:16-20, but it underscores the importance of Christ’s command, and highlights an important calling for those who continue His ministry in earth.
But what exactly is this commission? Matthew’s commission focuses on discipleship. After Jesus dispatched His disciples, they made disciples by two primary activities: baptizing and teaching. The ministry of discipleship is at the heart of Matthew 28:19-20, meaning this person was a leaner of Christ, a student of their Savior. They came to saving faith and will now be identified with Him in baptism and taught how to keep His words.… Continue reading
We believe in the future Millennial Kingdom, where Christ reigns on earth, fulfilling the Davidic Covenant. Revelation 20 teaches Christ will reign on earth for 1000 years. Most of us who believe this hear this one historical rejection. “Dispensationalism has only been around for a hundred years or so, the Millennial Kingdom is a new doctrine not found in the Church Fathers.” This critique attempts to say, “This is a new doctrine with no historical backing, therefore you’re going against history.”
Mr. Philip Schaff, historian, (author of the great 8 volume church history set), can you please tell us what a lot of early Church Fathers thought about eschatology?… Continue reading
Eschatology, the study of end times, may be one of the most misunderstood and debated issues in theology. I have heard some people say: “It really doesn’t matter.” “It’s too complicated, why study?” And “Too many people fight over it, I don’t want to fight.” One famous pastor even said it’s sin and divides the church to have eschatology in your doctrinal statement.
Those objections may have a glimmer of truth to them. People can have differing views of eschatology (on some level) and still have the gospel right. People disagree over whether or not Israel will be restored and a seven year tribulation, but both groups still place their faith in Jesus Christ and have been atoned for and will stand next to each other in heaven.… Continue reading
It is somewhat baffling to me how more of our theology as Christians can actually be more influenced by our Christian clichés than biblical doctrine. We hear them from pulpits, not because their actually true, but because they make for some great punch lines. It tickles the ears, they’re memorable, and they sound cool. We hear it in evangelism, not because it’s faithful to the gospel, but because (I suppose) it makes us feel better about the offensiveness of the gospel. And, we apply them to our Christian living… because it’s just so much easier than actually living by the standard God has called us to.… Continue reading