“Be a Berean.” This command references the Bereans response to the Gospel message they heard when Paul and Silas preached to them in the synagogue of the Jews. The Jews in the synagogue heard the message and responded by going away and studying Scripture. “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). When we issue this command to people, we are asking them to be discerning about what they hear and make sure the teaching is inline with Scripture.… Continue reading
Every so often when strolling through downtown Burbank or the mall in Glendale, I receive a tract from some unknown person trying to spread the Gospel. Most tracts grab the reader’s attention quickly, tell the truth, and offer the person forgiveness from his sins through Jesus Christ. I speculate most Christians view this as “evangelism” (or aka cold evangelism). When seeking to win people to Christ and not just arguments, cold evangelism is one way to evangelize. God calls every Christian to evangelize. Our primary field is those we interact with habitually — family, friends, coworkers, frequently visited places (more here).… Continue reading
This summer our church worked through biblical marriage and biblical parenting. In preparation for each class, we spent time looking through the most direct statements God makes regarding each topic. During preparation our elders talked about the common loving approaches we have towards others not only in marriage and parenting but in general by serving fellow saints and evangelizing people. It’s important to nuance and understand the specific responsibilities God gives us so that we can specifically apply them in each role we carry. But I pray we do not get so nuanced we forget the general responsibilities we have towards all people.
At the core, parenting, marriage, and life have similar responsibilities.… Continue reading
We’ve all known someone with a solid Christian history but currently seems to be waning, apathetic, or getting lazy. You know, the person whose history was so grand you would happily read the biography. She was knowledgable, loving, gracious, obedient, endured trials, and encouraged others. But something has happened. A life once marked as mature seems to be waning. We wrestle with concerning thoughts, doubt, and “Is he really saved?” It’s like maturity has stopped and the Lord isn’t there anymore. We wonder, “Will he persevere?” If you’re like me, you wonder, “How do I minister to this person?”
The good news for us, there is a biblical blue print for us in Hebrews.… Continue reading
“Husbands, love your wife, just like Christ loves the church” (Eph 5:25).
That’s a tall order. It is a rather difficult task for a believer and a rather impossible one for someone who doesn’t know Christ. Husbands have a large task. Looking beyond the walls of Ephesians, John records a broader command addressed to all believers, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Obviously no believer is without excuse. God calls each of us to love others. Now, how do we define love? What does love look like?
If you’re like me, you want to define this in such a way to where it’s the natural by-product of my life.… Continue reading