We explore parallels between the Aaronic Blessing, Day 4 of Creation, and the placement of 2 of the Tabernacle Furnishings. In the process, we will see tremendous implications for our mission tot he world as God's people.
What is at stake on the cross? What is accomplished? The first answer most of us would give is that the cross is where I find forgiveness for my sins and therefore my justification in God's sight. This is absolutely true. But there is more accomplished which goes beyond just you. We look at 5 components of what God is accomplishing in the cross event.
A powerful theme emerges in the Gospel of John: The Word is becoming flesh over and over in each episode from the ministry of Jesus. So what does this have to do with evangelism?
Critics of Christianity often group it with other world religions that they consider to be "Misogynistic." But does an honest reading of the Bible, especially what we see in the ministry of Jesus, back this claim? On this Mothers Day, we look at the emphasis in the Gospel of Luke on the role of women in Jesus' ministry...and see how revolutionary Jesus' teaching and practice was in elevating the status and value of women to the same as men.
1 Peter 3 brings the ideas of HOPE and EVANGELISM together. People will take notice if our uniquely Christian Hope is genuine. So do you have the Hope? Is it evident to others? And are you prepared to tell them why it is there?
We look at 4 possible models of parenting in relation to Mission...and talk about how Deuteronomy 6 describes specifics of strategy in reaching Mission Goals.
We delve into 2 accounts of tremendous forgiveness - in Luke 7 and in Isaiah 6 - to see the implications of having the burden of sin removed. With great forgiveness there is also tremendous trust.
Regardless of sides taken during Election Years, most of us need to admit that we have focused far too much time on changing the world through political influence in relation to the other ways that we are the light of the world and salt of the earth. Today we look at the messages of 3 Bible books - Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther...and see that political influence is only one of 3 main ways to be the world's light.....and in the lives of individuals, it is actually the least impactful of the 3.
The pagan world before Christ claimed 4 cardinal virtues: Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude, and Justice. And while Christianity still affirms the importance of each of these, it was the first worldview to place Faith, Hope, and Love as the highest virtues. Each of these governs a perspective: toward God (faith), toward life (hope), and toward humanity (love). We explore why these 3 are at the core of who we are and why the greatest is love.
Were the plagues on Egypt random miracles or were there more specific messages behind each of them? The Book of Exodus lays out a curriculum intended for Pharaoh and the Egyptians - what they were to come to know through the 10 Plagues. But the message was to go beyond the borders of Egypt. And it's still an education that's relevant for us and our mission today.