Context is king!
I have been told this for a very long time, especially in seminary where I was learning to rightly divide God’s Word. The Bible was not written in a vacuum. It was written in real history, with real people, making real speeches, writing with real pens & ink & paper, with real burdens to see God’s holiness perfected in God’s people. And each book makes an argument for us to live as God intended: for His glory. Every passage, then, must be taken at face value and interpreted in its context, so that the truth contained will be understood as God the Author intended it to be understood.… Continue reading
(A week removed from Shepherd’s Conference and I am still encouraged.Today I want to share what I learned)
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The job of a weather man is to give the weather forecast. His success is built upon if his prediction happens. The job of a waiter or waitress in a restaurant is to wait on people as they decide what they will eat and drink for the evening. Their success is found in their being helpful with the menu, offering suggestions, bringing out the food in a timely manner, and being overall kindly.… Continue reading
This past Sunday we had a wonderful time of worship together at our little church in Bakersfield. Both morning and evening services were beautiful and I couldn’t help but express thanks to God as I drove home. I kept thinking how fortunate I was that God allowed me to be part of this church, but I also kept thinking how amazing it is that we are even allowed to worship the Lord. When you think about it, we have no right to come before a Holy God to offer our thanks. Who are we? He doesn’t need our feeble attempts at praise.… Continue reading
Christian, you must know if you are in a good church!
Read that sentence again.
There are good, Christ-exalting, God-honoring churches and there are false, weak, shepherdless churches. A church that pleases God is one that will grow you in your spiritual walk with Christ. You will find deep fellowship, true spirituality, and joy in abundance. A church that does not please God will stifle your spiritual growth, will lead you to lethargic Christianity, will make excuses for their weak theology, and will be not much better than a nice social club.
So, ask yourself: are you in a good church?… Continue reading
There is a pure motivation for the man who preaches biblically, and why he is wholeheartedly committed to its foremost priority during corporate worship. Indeed, every man of God worth his grain of salt throughout church history has unanimously affirmed the priority to preach. The Puritans were particularly men who were known to be vigorous students of God’s Word, aggressive readers, and prolific writers. But more than anything else, they were known for their preaching. In fact, when the Puritans came to the American colonies, finally having the opportunity to worship freely, apart from the liturgical corruption of the Anglican Church of England.… Continue reading