Paul provides for us a mini biography of himself in Philippians 3:5-6. Paul says that if there is anyone who has reason to show pride it is him because of his lineage. Most of what Paul describes doesn’t mean much to us today, but Paul was a special individual. He was born at the crossroads of history. God selected Paul because in Paul were all … Continue reading Romans Series (Pt. 1) – Who is Paul the Apostle?
This is part of the series “What is the Gospel? I hope you have benefited from out time spent looking at the multi-faceted diamond of the Gospel. We have discovered that God is holy and that our sin has kept us separated from God. We have looked to Jesus as the ultimate remedy for reconciliation with God. We have been confronted with the fact that … Continue reading What is the Gospel? (Pt. 15) – “Victory!”
This is part of the series “What is the Gospel?” One of the most glorious realities of the Christian faith is that death has been defeated. In the crucifixion and death of Jesus I have the wonderful truth that God has died for my sin. When we couple this remarkable truth to the equally wonderful truth that Jesus was raised from the dead we are … Continue reading What is the Gospel? (Pt. 14) – “The Death of Death”
This is part of the series “What is the Gospel?” Jesus’ final admonition to the disciples has been called the Great Commission. Matthew records it this way for us: “19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And … Continue reading What is the Gospel? (Pt. 13) – “Obedience is Greater than Sacrifice”
This is part of the series”What is the Gospel?” Several months ago I had a thought about how God desires for us to relate to Him when we are confronted with the Gospel. The line of thought that I followed revolved around two words—Submission and Surrender. While I believe that both are aspects of the Christian journey, the more I thought about it the more … Continue reading What is the Gospel? (Pt. 12) – “Submit Yourself Unto The Lord”
This is part of the series “What is the Gospel?” The salvation that the Gospels herald produces new life in us as we are born again; it fulfills the purpose of God by re-creating us into a new creation, and finally it puts us on the road of a new journey. We are on a journey to a new land. The writer of Hebrews captures … Continue reading What is the Gospel? (Pt. 11) – “A New Journey”
This is part of the series “What is the Gospel?” As we have looked at what the Gospel is we have not touched on one key question regarding the Gospel’s ultimate purpose. Some may say that it is the salvation of the world. Others may say that it is to appease the wrath of God. Still others might say that it is because of God’s … Continue reading What is the Gospel? (Pt. 10) – “You are a New Creation”
The Elephant Problem I was reading an article by Dr. Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York. In the article, Dr. Keller explains why Christians need to be clear that Christianity is not one option among many. Pluralism is the belief that there is more than one way of looking at something. This can also be made more specific within a … Continue reading The Problem with Pluralism