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
Read 1 Peter 1:17-21 … In his work The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today, Everett Ferguson seeks to define the Church from a biblical perspective. As such, he makes several statements that might be key to the understanding of the Church. Let’s look at one such statement: “The church is now the … Continue reading The Remnant Gathered
Professor Gerhard F. Hasel has produced New Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate; of course, being written and published in 1978, the idea of “current” may not apply without further considerations of the debated topics of 2018. Even with that consideration, Hasel has given us an overview of the issues in New Testament … Continue reading New Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate