In our study, we discuss what the Bible means whenever we read that we are to "stand fast" and what it means in this context to "hold the traditions".
Also Reference: Psalm 111:6-8, 2 Peter 3:15-17, Colossians 2:8, Mark 7:6-13, 2 Thessalonians 3:6
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for November 20, 2023. Today we continue our series in the Book of Acts in chapter 17 with Paul bringing his talk to the Areopagus to a conclusion. In addition, chapter 17 concludes with prompting for God's people to be serious about evangelism. Thanks for joining us!
The gospel message appears to be absurd. God sent His son to die a shameful death on behalf of perishing sinners. But this is the way for those who cannot know God in their own wisdom to come to know Him through His good pleasure. The worldly wise man must humble Himself before the all-wise God to receive forgiveness of sins through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for November 16, 2023. Today we continue our study in the Book of Acts in chapter 17 with Paul addressing the Areopagus. In addition, we also will spend a little time in Romans 1 to see what in the world is going on. Thanks for joining us!
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for November 15, 2023. Today we continue our series in the Book of Acts in chapter 17 with Paul engaging the philosophers of his day at the Areopagus in Athens. What could this possibly have to do with where we are, 2000 years later? Far more than you may realize. Thanks for joining us!
We heed to warning found in this Proverb, in addition to separating ourselves from local church Christian fellowship (as discussed in our previous devotional) but also the warning against intermeddling 'with all wisdom".
Also Reference: 1 Corinthians 3:18-20, Colossians 2:8
Paul found himself alone with time to kill in the philosophical and cultural center of the ancient world. Rather than sight-seeing or resting, he utilized his time to preach the Gospel. In this text we see that truth is restless within the believer, just as the lost are restless until they hear the truth. This restlessness led Paul to preach and apply the truth to the Athenians. Paul was essentially in an informal trial before these Athenians, but truthfully they stood under the judgement of the truth of the Gospel. They were mired in idolatry and false-worship. Paul presented the true God, who alone is worthy of our worship. The question for the idolatrous Athenians is the same as it is for us today. Will you worship the idols of your heart, or the God of truth?
Key Verse—v. 18: " . . . as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." (ESV)
Aim: To live in Jesus by grace—as God's persevering church
In today's text, Paul circles back to the theme of plausible arguments from verse 4, or as verse eight states, philosophy -- specifically, deceptive philosophies. He unpacks this theme in greater detail as we see a shift into deeper doctrinal truths. Paul begins with the command to "See to it" which points to the believer's responsibility to know the Scriptures so we can identify false teaching and avoid being taken captive by it.
We continue our thoughts on Biblical worldview in Proverbs chapter 30. This is not a complete construction of a Biblical worldview. Our study is only helping to lay a foundation and give support to the full set of values that constitute a Christian philosophy of life.
In this sermon, Peter Byne explores the two sub-topics in Colossians 2:8-10:
Captured by Philosophy
The Intention of the Philosophers
The Insidiousness of the Philosophy
Completed in Christ
The Fullness of Christ
The Filling of the Saints
In this section of Acts we see the Apostle Paul finds himself in Athens ministering to two different philosophical schools. Does he change his method? Does he allow his audience to audjust his approach? Listen as Ben Hill the student pastor at 5 Bridges Church unpacks this section of Scripture.
Many evangelicals believe "church" is about 'drawing in the lost,' and this philosophy guides their ministry and explains their fruit. Is this Biblical? What is a Biblical philosophy of ministry and how can we maintain one in today's culture?
We are gleaning from the Book of Proverbs to gain important building blocks and to see some of the facets of a Biblical worldview. Once discovered, these principles from many of the proverbs will help form and sustain a good outlook on life.