The Old Testament is HARD. Take for instance the law when a Jewish slave – who has earned his freedom – voluntarily decides to serve his master forever. Thankfully, the yoke of our Lord is “easy”. How so?
Our guest speaker, Luke Adams, reminds us one of the reasons why Jesus is Master Teacher: because He asked great questions!
Apologetics seems all the rage these days on Social Media as Christians seek to “defend the faith”. Apologetics, as used in modern context, definitely serves a purpose and is helpful to the cause of Christianity. That said, Christians need to be reminded that apologetics should never be used to “prove” Christianity, the gospel, the existence of God, etc. No, it is the gospel that is sufficient to all who (would) believe.
As Christians we are called to live a life of righteousness. but make no mistake “our righteousness” is NOT what justifies our salvation before God. No, the abundance of grace we received comes in the form as a “gift of righteousness” that reigns “in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Ben Hayes gives us a powerfully practical reminder of how we (Christians) are to answer the question: Am I my brother’s (sister’s, elder’s, etc.) keeper? Emphatically, the answer is YES!
There is both an alluring positive quality yet false sense of security regarding the Pharisees. Their desire to keep God’s commandments is so very commendable but Jesus condemned them because of their hypocrisies and exposed them for who they were. The “righteous” among us need to heed this lesson.
Like the Isthmian Games that the apostle Paul culturally alluded to when writing to Christians at Corinth, so too are the comparisons between our modern Olympic Games to our walk in Christ.
When someone asks you why the church you belong to does something or doesn’t do something how do you answer? Unfortunately, many Christians give quick “Bible authority” (or similar) answers not realizing the inconsistencies with their answers. So, why do we do what we do?
It takes time and effort to train the muscles (“muscle memory”) so that your body can do what it needs. In similar, but ever more important, fashion is that of spiritual discipline needed to distinguish between truth and error.
With all the divisiveness our country is experiencing such seems to be affecting how Christians behave. This sermon is a reminder for how believers are to react when experiencing disagreements.