Jesus creates unlikely friendships. He was the reason these men were enemies. And then He became the reason they were friends. We examine the relationships between Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark to see what we learn about Christian friendship, especially what it is capable of enduring.
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.
We tackle the following questions:
If it were not for your faith in the Bible, then what other convincing reasons do you have for why it is unwise or wrong to live together with a partner without being married first?
What is grace?
What is faith?
What does Paul mean when, in Romans, he speaks of “saving faith”?
We explore biblical principles to apply to 2 questions:
Is it okay with God for a Christian to marry a non-Christian?
Is it wrong for a Christian to play the lottery? What about gambling in general?
While the Bible does use the masculine pronouns for God and portrays Him as our Father, men are not the only ones made in the image of God. And God is not only the model for fathers but also for mothers. We look at some passages which use mothering language to describe God’s nurturing activity with His children. And what does this language teach us about mothering?
We break down Ephesians 6:4 and propose a four-fold curriculum for the discipline and instruction of our children, based on the three main ways we learn.
"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." What effect do adverse situations have on friendship? If we read Job, we may conclude that crisis just drives friends to turn on each other under stress. But could a crisis actually solidify friendship and reveal its true meaning. We explore David and Jonathan and the principles of their covenant friendship.
It's one of the most familiar Bible passages. But what does it mean specifically when applied to a marriage?
To our knowledge, the apostle Paul was never married and had no children. But he is one of the greatest human examples of a father figure to younger men. We examine his relationship with Timothy and Titus, look at the goals of a mentoring culture among men in the church, and talk about accepting our roles both as spiritual fathers and sons.
We examine some of the aftereffects of sin, especially in its effects on marriage in a fallen world. But what we find in the whole story of the Bible is a message of hope for redemption even of our marriages.