Jason is a graduate of the Master's Seminary and the pastor of Cornerstone Las Vegas, a Grace Advance church plant. He loves Christ, his wife Kyla, sometimes his kids :), the church, missions, people, and coffee. You can also follow him on his personal blog at shepherdthesheep.com.
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, have been atoned for, and will stand next to each other in heaven.… Continue reading
Why was Jesus baptized? Out of all the issues presented in the Gospels this one can be troublesome on the surface if we interpret Jesus baptism like our own. Jesus is fully God and fully man. Never was He in sin, have sin, or commit sin. In fact, being God makes Him holy, pure, undefiled, and righteous. Yet He is fully man, just like you and me. He ate, slept, got tired, stressed, had a full range of emotions, was tempted, and yet He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15).
So why does a blameless man, fully God, need to “confess His sins before the body and associate with His own death, burial, and resurrection; and then be immersed in water?” Answer, He doesn’t.… Continue reading
Most of us have friends in seeker sensitive churches who we think love Christ, but we long for him or her to be equipped and grow in sanctification. Most of us invite them to church hoping one day they’ll join us. Often the situation unfolds like this:
Friend agrees to attend.
Friend attends and is bored or put off by the service.
Afterwords he or she is nice about it, but won’t attend again.
Sometimes we learn the service was too different than their experience and struggled to engage during the entire service, especially the expository sermon.
We say, “If the Spirit is alive, he or she will come back.”
It’s this scenario that leads me to now say, “Please do not just bring your friend to an expository service.” As disciple makers, we must be more attentive and active in our invitations.… 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