We examine the message of 1-2 Kings in relation to Jesus, finding 2 major themes: the preservation of the messianic king line through the descendants of David...and shadows of the prophetic ministry of Jesus in the work of Elijah and Elisha.
A complaint from Israel 3 days into their departure from Sinai reveals the addictive patterns which come with all sin. So God gives them what they think they want, although they end up hating it in the end.
How do we regard the importance of our assemblies together as compared with the emphasis placed on them by the early church? Which cultural factors have contributed to the devaluing of our time together? We examine these questions and look at 3 passages in Hebrews which should help reignite our anticipation of our regular gatherings as God's people.
Psalm 90 forces us to reflect on Time, including our frustrations with its speed and uncertainties. As we join Moses the author to reflect on time, we see a contrast between the divine perspective and the human one...and are led with wisdom to contemplate as we "number our days."
WWJD may seem like a relatively easy slogan to live by at times...and far, far more difficult to live by at others. We look at parallels in the circumstances faced by Jesus and one of His followers Jesus...and parallels in the responses - imitation of Jesus in the most challenging of settings.
In the last lesson of our 2017 series on Relational Evangelism, we tackle 2 terms which rarely function together but must for the purposes of evangelism: Urgency and Patience. We need to stress the urgency of a decision for Christ, but we cannot make the mistake of forcing or pressuring someone into "conversion" if their heart is not yet in it.
Why is rotten fruit so offensive? Because the expectation of fruit is something that is a delight to the senses. Isaiah 5 describes what stink-fruit looks, smells, and tastes like to God. And it's a passage that forces us to examine our own fruit.
As the dynamics of our Rockville church family are in transition, we look at some principles we can learn from the Jerusalem family of Jesus-followers as they went through some changing dynamics.