The Church: A forty year preparation for glory.
Studying the Bible has led me and many others to the realization that certain events that modern-day disciples are hoping will happen in their lifetime, if not in the future, actually took place in the generation of those who first adopted the name, Christian. This is important. From Matthew onward, we can read of an […]Read the rest
What must I do to be saved?
The history of the development of Christianity as a religion is filled with heroes and villains. The creation of a political state out of Christianity with assumed governance over kings and kingdoms was one of many departures from the divine direction afforded by the New Testament (NT) epistles. Reformation did not come easy nor did […]Read the rest
The Bible’s Pattern for Christians.
The pattern for Christian living and church life outlined in the Bible is the imitation of God. By Apostolic authority, the pattern revealed in the New Testament had little to do with the form of worship, recognition of a fixed liturgy, principles of the outward adorning of clothing or church attendance. Rather, the teaching to live as […]Read the rest
The church that Jesus built.
The good news of Jesus Christ was to be preached by the early disciples of the first-century world. It was an offering of peace from God. The death and resurrection of this Jewish Messiah made possible the forgiveness of sins and direct access to the Creator through reconciliation mediated by Christ. God’s just requirement for […]Read the rest
The New Testament is a Proving Ground.
Colossians 3:16 The word of Christ must live in you richly. Teach and warn each other with all wisdom by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts. The return of the kingdom of God to earth was an event initiated by the immersion of the Apostles in […]Read the rest
What is the Law of Christ?
Throughout recorded time, the worship of God has mesmerized mankind. In one form or another, people have made rules for worshipping deity. In every case, the worshiper approached his god with sacrifice, honor, humility, and adoration. This was true of the Hebrews and their God. He had to be approached with great delicacy. Unlike […]Read the rest
When will these things be? Part 4 of the Last Days.
In the days of his flesh, Jesus was asked by his closest associates and friends, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” Matthew records his answer, which may have turned into a riddle. Jesus did not answer his followers […]Read the rest
“Do not be shaken in mind” – Part 3 of the Coming.
Comprehending the Bible is dependent on a consistent use of hermeneutical rules. Discerning the difference in the use of language such as poetry, symbolism, metaphor, simile, history, or prophecy is fundamental to interpretation. Accepting the fact that the Bible was not written to 21rst century students means that reading the Book in context of the […]Read the rest
The Last Days – Part 2 of the Coming
Four hundred years of silence and then John, son of Zachariah, began to preach: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones […]Read the rest
The Second Coming- Part 1
What if you discovered that Christ had returned; the second coming was fulfilled? If you are informed on popular theology concerning the second coming of Christ, you most likely believe that Christ promised to return to end Christian suffering, to end the world, and to make all things right much like they were before sin […]Read the rest