God's Faithfulness Applied: 5 Contexts (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

God's Faithfulness Applied: 5 Contexts (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

Why is God’s faithfulness a central concept to the message of the Bible? We look at 5 New Testament contexts where God’s faithfulness is applied.

The Groaning of Creation (Romans 8:14-30)

The Groaning of Creation (Romans 8:14-30)

God’s creation is good. But it is not at rest. It is fallen. And it is groaning. We too groan within it, longing for something more, longing for a state like Eden without the curse of sin and death which affects all creation. Romans 8 helps us make sense of history and God’s redemptive plan by viewing it all through the lens of the resurrection - Phase 1 with Jesus and Phase 2 still in our future.

Fallen is Babylon: When Sex Consumes Your Culture (Revelation 17:1-6)

Fallen is Babylon: When Sex Consumes Your Culture (Revelation 17:1-6)

We live among a sexually schizophrenic culture - one which champions sexual freedom but is waking up to some of the impossibilities of a view of sex with no boundaries. We examine the “Babylon” of Revelation with parallels to our culture’s view of consumerism and sex, which ultimately are 2 sides of the same coin of idolatry.

The Song of Solomon and Jesus

The Song of Solomon and Jesus

As part of our series of examining how each Bible book points us to Jesus, we look at the overall message of Song of Solomon and its connections to God’s redemptive work through Jesus, even redemption of marital love and intimacy.

Passing Through the Waters (1 Peter 3:18-22)

Passing Through the Waters (1 Peter 3:18-22)

The Bible is saturated with water. We scene skip through 5 moments when water plays a huge role in what God is doing…..and then ask what all this has to do with Jesus and with our baptism, in the moment and in the after-effects.

Responses to Questions: Part 7

Responses to Questions: Part 7
  1. How should we use the term “Christian”?

  2. What will happen to the unimmersed on the Day of Judgment?

  3. Why do we not come together for prayer gatherings in response to crisis like past generations did?

Sitting at the Lord's Feet (Luke 10:38-42)

Sitting at the Lord's Feet (Luke 10:38-42)

Our instincts have been trained to come to Martha’s defense. After all, she’s the servant. She’s getting things done while others sit. She should be the one commended here. But is it possible that even something good like service can be elevated to a place of priority it was never meant to hold? And may it actually be drying out our soul…and even masking some deep voids?

The Threads of Suffering (John 9:1-11)

The Threads of Suffering (John 9:1-11)

Can hardships actually be used by God in a grand design which reaches beyond yourself and into the lives of observers? The blindness of a man in John 9 provides some strong evidence.

The Ten Commandments and Creation (Exodus 20:1-18)

The Ten Commandments and Creation (Exodus 20:1-18)

In our first angle of looking at the relevance of the 10 Commandments given to Israel, we consider the connections to the Creation account and what God has intended for humans all along.

The Gift of the Best (Malachi 1:6-14)

The Gift of the Best (Malachi 1:6-14)

The language of offering is all over the New Testament - applied to financial contributions, converts in mission work, bringing worship to the throne of God, even our bodies being a living sacrifice in service to others. But to understand the significance of the Quality of an offering, we need a passage like Malachi 1 to shake us up and open our eyes to how God sees anything which falls short of our best.