Read 1 Corinthians 4:14-16 … The letters to the Corinthians are typically recognized as “occasional.” That is not to say happening only rarely, but that the letters were written to address a problem that was occurring. Basically, all the epistles that are incorporated into the NT are occasional, that is, written to deal with a … Continue reading An Appeal to Corinth
Read Deuteronomy 12:1-7 … Those things that God opts for, or chooses, surely have an importance. Recently, while listening to a sermon, that importance was highlighted from the book of Deuteronomy. That book is a record of Moses reviewing the covenantal instructions with the Israelites before they entered the Promise Land. Those instructions included speaking … Continue reading God Chooses
Read 2 Peter 1:5-9 … No one disputes the importance of having faith, particularly regarding one’s relationship with God. Faith is so important that the writer of Hebrews tells us that, “… without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is … Continue reading Whence Comes Faith?
Read Revelation 20:11-15 … Tests can be very stressful – that’s for sure. The best test that can be taken is the test for which the answers have been provided. Any test would be a breeze if someone were to give out the answers ahead of time. Of course, even to the hardest tests the … Continue reading What Will We be Judged By?
Read 2 Peter 1:12-18 … A question was recently raised about the Old Testament: “Is it absolutely necessary to believe that individuals such as Abraham, Ruth, or David were concrete historic individuals?” It almost sounds reasonable since those individuals are lost to the annals of time. Of the three mentioned, David may have gained ground … Continue reading Cunningly Devised Fables
Read John 4:21-24 … Ferguson’s book on the Church of Christ wouldn’t have been complete without a section dealing with worship and assembly. Indeed, both worship and assembly are so ingrained in one’s understanding of church that often those are the only avenues ever considered while contemplating what it means to “do church.” In view … Continue reading Worship and Assembly
Read Ephesians 4:14-16 … When discussing who is a member of the Church, one often falls into a denominational pattern of thought and comes to this conclusion, “The members of the Church are those that have joined us.” In the Scriptures, this is never the pattern that is set forth. Everett Ferguson puts it this … Continue reading There Can Be Only One