I really like it when my church resumes its regular Bible study program in the fall, especially when we pick up where we left off before our summer break. We’ve been studying the book of 1 Corinthians and we picked it up again tonight in chapter 8. Read more
Christianity is different from every other religion on the earth. Every other religion tells you how to earn your way to a better afterlife. Christianity makes it clear that you cannot earn your way to a better afterlife. If you want a better afterlife you must trust wholly in Jesus for your salvation, justification, sanctification, and entrance into the presence of the Lord. It is his completed work on the Cross that grants you these things. As Christians, we know this through the Scripture, which we believe is the inerrant and infallible word of the living God.
As you know, if you’ve read much of what I’ve written over the last couple of years, I claim that I am a Christian. Not just any kind of Christian either. I believe that a man or woman is saved from sin and eternal damnation by the grace of God alone, through faith in Christ Jesus alone, according to the word of God alone, and for his glory alone. Read more
Some very earnest young men have come visiting me recently. They come to my door in twos and threes wearing ties on white shirts and black dress slacks. They wear name tags declaring that they are “elder this” or “elder that”. They are, perhaps, old (or is it young) enough to be my children.
Not so long ago I wrote about themes that disturb me in “super-hero” movies. One of the things I mentioned was that these movies have a warped theology. Super-heroes aren’t gods yet in some cases they seem to make the claim. One of the less obvious claims made by a “super-hero” was made by the Vision in the movie Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Vision: I am not Ultron. I am not J.A.R.V.I.S. I am… I am.
By “less obvious”, I mean that many people would simply take this statement as merely saying that the Vision exists. However there’s one who already claims “I am” as his name. And, to borrow a phrase from Steve Rogers, “I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”
On Sunday nights from March through May we have bible study and discipleship classes at my church. For the last couple of weeks we’ve gone over how to study the bible. To say the least it has been worth the time.
As Christians, our love for the Lord should inspire us to want to know him better. And in this life, there’s no better way to get to know him than the prayerful study of his word. That’s one reason why bible study is important. Knowing how to study it is also important.
And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.'”