Reading the Bible in 2021

By |December 30th, 2020|

The Importance of God's Word Psalm 119 is essentially an extended meditation on the power of God’s Word. Whether the Psalmist is talking about “the Law,” “precepts,” “statutes” or “commandments,” he is talking about the Word of God. The shocking thing to notice is that in basically every instance you could replace the word used to describe God’s Word, with the name of God, and the verse still makes sense. Take verse 16 as an example. Here is how it reads “I will delight in your statutes;I will not forget your word.” Now here is how it reads with the [...]

The Early Church and Small Groups

By |December 23rd, 2020|

The Primitive Church “Christians today don't have the same lived experience as the early church.” At least that’s what my seminary professor said over and over again. His point was that the early church we read about in the book of Acts had a very different day-to-day experience from the church today. Some of those differences, like Roman persecution(!), we can be glad do not happen today. But my professor's point was that the primitive church in the New Testament turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6) because it existed as a counter-cultural community of small groups. Most people today [...]

Follow Jesus: The Call of Discipleship

By |December 23rd, 2020|

The Call of Discipleship Jesus famously said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). And with different language but the same purpose He also said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-24). The challenge to “follow” Jesus is a call to discipleship. And unless we think these were unique moments we need to remember that Jesus' final charge to His church [...]

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