“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20a) Perhaps the biggest issue people have with Christianity is how a good God can coexist with the evil and suffering of this world. More ink has been spilt trying to give a sufficient answer to the question of God’s … Continue reading God Meant It for Good
Question 3: What did the Apostles teach? As you can imagine this question could be answered in all sorts of ways, for the apostles taught many things. We could say the entire New Testament is the teaching of the apostles. We could say they taught what Jesus taught. We could say they taught the gospel. … Continue reading What did the Apostles Teach?
Question 2: Why is the Apostles’ teaching important? The apostles’ teaching is important not only because there are no apostles alive any longer, but because their teaching is the foundation of the Church. Paul, in Ephesians 2:20, makes this point saying the Church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ … Continue reading Why is the Apostles’ Teaching Important?
Question 1: Who were the apostles? The original Greek word for apostle is apostolos meaning ‘he who is sent.’ The Bible uses this word along with the plural apostoloi which means ‘sent ones.’ This gives us an understanding of who the apostles were. There were men chosen by Jesus, whom Jesus sent out with His … Continue reading Who Were the Apostles?
Today we beginning the conclusion of our series called ‘The Historical Church’ where we’ve focused on the marks of Church given to us in the ancient document from 325 AD called the Nicene Creed. In the first sentence of the last paragraph the creed says this, “And we believe in One, Holy, catholic, and Apostolic … Continue reading The Church is Apostolic: Wait, What Does that Mean?
Calvinists are often shunned or frowned upon for placing lots of weight on the doctrines of God’s sovereignty. One of the critiques is that Calvinistic doctrine does not lead anyone to any kind of evangelistic zeal, or burden to see men come to Christ. Have you ever heard this kind of thinking? I have, more … Continue reading Evangelism: the Gathering of the Elect
I’ve talked about how conflict is a present reality for us in ministry, set up the friendship betwen Paul and Barnabas, and walked through the passage where they part ways. Now what can we learn from their separation? a) First, we have a lesson in diversity. Notice how Luke retells this event without assigning blame … Continue reading Paul & Barnabas: What We Can Learn
We’ve come to our text – Acts 15:36-41, which says: After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are. Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. But Paul kept … Continue reading Paul & Barnabas: Parting Ways
Before we get into the text (Acts 15:36-41), let me set the stage. The first time we hear of Barnabas is in Acts 4:36 when he sold his land and laid the earnings at the feet of the apostles. He was a Levite, and he was also called Joseph. We do not hear about him … Continue reading Paul & Barnabas: Setting the Stage
When I began seminary, I was required to begin an internship at a church or some other kind of ministry. God opened the door in a small church and I began working with college students. During the first staff meeting I ever went to, my pastor told me something I’ll never forget. He said, “Adam, 95% … Continue reading Paul & Barnabas: Welcome to Conflict
Are faith and reason separate? Are they two distinct, un-overlapping, different positions one can hold to in this world? Or are they two sides of the coin of man's experience in this life? To me, the latter is the most truthful and honest option. How then can these two seemingly different realities work in tandem … Continue reading Faith vs. Reason? Or Faith & Reason?
One major critique I've received of reformed theology is that is does not foster a desire to evangelize. Is this true? Not at all. It is a straw man argument people make who are opposed to thinking hard about the deep things of God. In Acts 18:9 God tells Paul, "Do not be afraid, but … Continue reading Election Ought to Produce Evangelism
Matthew 28:18-20 says: All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I command you; and lo, I am with you always, … Continue reading Right & Might – We Have All We Need
In our present-day, non-Christians (especially well-informed intellectual non-Christians), claim that Christian belief is not rational. They make this claim not based on examination of the alleged facts of Christianity, they just throw out the facts as not worthy of true investigation and claim it’s absurdity. They usually say something like this, “Christianity is similar to … Continue reading Christianity is Utter Reason and Rationality