What is a union without communion. How often should we repent of our sins? What is the advantage of meeting with Christ as often as we can? Please listen to the Communion of the Union by David Boxton for the answers to these questions.
There was little in the Old Testament priesthood which spoke of joy. All of our entrances unto God were bought with the blood of the innocent, and the whole system was designed to keep us at a safe distance from God… close enough to worship when commanded, far enough to escape destruction… But of joy, deep and profound; of joy, strong and insurmountable; of joy, empowering and uplifting; of joy beyond us and within us very little was known in the Old Testament. But in the coming of Christ, joy is both the commandment AND the reality. It is the flavor of our experience with Christ, for just as His life is ours, His joy is ours!
Stand Your Ground. Galatians 2:1-14Never compromise when it is a matter of biblical right and wrong.For many of us, our preferred way of dealing with conflict is not to deal with it at all. We ignore it and hope the conflict goes away on its own. While there are some conflicts that may be minor enough to dissipate on their own, many do not. Some conflicts we should walk away from, in the sense of letting go of what we want in the matter.In response to opposition from some people who created an uproar in the Galatian churches, Paul wrote a letter to those churches to defend his ministry and the gospel he had preached to them and, indeed, to all Gentiles. He explained that the leaders in Jerusalem had given their affirmation both to the truth of the gospel and to his ministry focus. While Peter was part of that agreement, sadly, Paul was compelled to confront him sometime later over his hypocritical actions of refusing to fellowship with Gentile believers in Antioch.In our postmodern world the demand for political correctness and tolerance has in many respects silenced the church from speaking to critical issues of the day. The unbelieving world may not like or accept what faithful Christians have to say, but that is not to alter the church's stance. As Paul exemplified, the gospel must be declared as truth and guarded as the Word from God that it is, even when it is not popular to do so or when it means standing strong against popular foes.
What goes into believers' plans and greetings? Titus 3:12–15 prepares us for the second serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that believers humbly see their neediness and seek/accept help, but also rejoice at opportunities to be used by Christ to meet others' needs
In Chapter six, you will learn about the importance of having fellowship with other believers. It is important that we have relationships with strong believers. It is also important that we share our faith. God will bring people into our lives that we are to share with to encourage in their walk with God or even lead them to salvation.
The relationship between the pastor and the church members is a very special and important one. If it isn't right the church isn't going to succeed, and there will far reaching consequences in the lives of the members and their families. It is like all other human relationships that are important in that it should be permanent and not temporary. It should be based on love, just as these other relationships, and not simply on laws and duty. If the church is going to be able to fulfill its mission and purpose the pastor must truly love the people, the people must truly love the pastor, and the people must truly love one another. What is done must be done in the spirit of love and cooperation and not strife or selfishness.
What are the people of God to do when few in number vs. the sceptical masses? Malachi records such a time. Those who feared the Lord, spoke together often and thought upon His name. These are God's people, He hears, remembers and spares them.
Dr. Gilbert dives into 2 Corinthians chapter 7 today!
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