Do you believe that some people experience tragedy because they are worse sinners than others? Jesus says, “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Judgment is coming for us all…unless we repent. The only reason we haven’t perished yet is because Jesus has said to the Father, “Let it alone, sir.” God is patient, but a definite time of reckoning is coming soon.
How many people will be saved? Will everyone be saved? Most people? Some? While Jesus never gives us a specific number, He does tell us that there are many people who think that they will be saved but will not be able. We are only able to enter into salvation through the narrow door. Many try to enter in through other ways, but will soon find that they are on the outside looking in. Listen from Luke 13:22-30 to hear Jesus answer the question, “Are there just a few who are being saved?”
God will not forget one word, one action, one person, or one work of the Holy Spirit. There is nothing we can hide from God. He is all-knowing and perfect in His knowledge. The only time He ever forgets anything is when He chooses to. Open your Bibles and follow along in Luke 12:1-12.
Yes, David was the king. But his purpose in life was to point us to the True King, Jesus Christ. What else does David tell us about Jesus? Listen from Acts 2 as we see how David tells us about the resurrection, how we can trust God’s Word, and where Jesus is triumphantly seated right now.
The weight of that question is simply crushing. With it comes the acknowledgement that many parents have felt the heartbreak of losing a child. While it is not an easy thing to consider, it is well worth our time to understand how the Bible speaks to this issue.
Millions of babies have been aborted. Others have been miscarried. Still others have died in infancy. What happens to these? What happens to the children (or adults) who are mentally disabled and unable to function in a way where they can express faith in Jesus Christ? Where will their eternal destiny be?
We have basically been given two answers to this question: (1) do something to remove the child’s original guilt or else (2) say the child is innocent and not yet accountable. The Catholic Church takes the first approach. The thought is since everyone is born in sin and with a sin nature, that original stain must be removed. In 1951, Pope Pius XII stated, “…no other way besides baptism is seen as imparting the life of Christ to little children.” Therefore, babies are Christened in an attempt to remove the original sin passed down from Adam.
The second attempt to answer this question is how many Protestants deal with the issue. This approach advocates an “Age of Accountability”. The thought here is that a child is innocent (or at least safe) until he reaches the age where he understands his sin and actions. While the “Age of Accountability” isn’t a phrase used in the Bible, the thought comes from such Scriptures as Isaiah 7:16, “For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.” This passage clearly shows that there is a point in which a child does not yet know how to refuse evil and choose good. Other passages such as Deuteronomy 1:35-39 show that the little ones and children of Israel do not have knowledge of good and evil. Because of this, they got to go into the Promised Land while those adults who willfully sinned were not allowed.
The problem with both of these attempts is that they each offer a second way of salvation that the Bible does not allow. The Bible is crystal clear that there is only one way to be saved: by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. The only name by which anyone can be saved is the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12). There is absolutely no one who can come to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6). One must be born again if he is to even see the Kingdom (John 3:3). The Bible simply does not allow any other way to be saved besides coming through Jesus. And the only way to come through Jesus is by way of repentance and faith. There is no second option. (more…)
Luke 10 gives us the privilege of listening in on an intimate conversation between the Father and the Son. As we listen, we learn that Jesus rejoices as He prays. He praises the Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for something very specific in verse 21:
“…I praise You…that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.”
It may seem unusual to us that Jesus would pray such a thing. How can it be that God would ever hide his truth from some while only to reveal it to others?
As we are wondering, Jesus turns to his disciples and tells them how blessed their eyes are for what they see. “Many prophets and kings wished to see the things which you see, and did not see them,” (v. 24) Jesus explains. Yet these men were not just his disciples. These are the infants who had God’s truth revealed to them. Some were unlearned fishermen. All were average guys who were nothing special. Yet these are the very infants to whom God chose to reveal himself. (more…)
Ministry is often different from person to person. There are a lot of moving parts that will affect a Christian’s ministry. Some Christians may strive to be salt and light as they work at Wal-Mart, the bank, or the local restaurant. Others may have packed up their family to get the gospel into a foreign country. Still others may serve faithfully by telling the kids at their church about Jesus. You’ll have some Christians who desire to be pastors and work week after week teaching and equipping one body of believers.
Ministry often looks different depending on the context in which one ministers.
But there are two non-negotiables in ministry that are true for each and every Christian who ministers. These two truths are evident among every biblical ministry across the world. The Christian must recognize these two non-negotiables if he or she is going to be faithful to minister: (more…)
We Christians are an odd bunch. The goal of our lives is to bring glory to God while we are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ. In fact, even the name “Christian” means “Little Christ”. For the Christian, the whole of our identity is found in following after and becoming like Jesus.
But you would never know this by the way that we pray.
You see, Jesus came to earth in order to suffer and die. He came not to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. He is the Suffering Servant from Isaiah 53. Nothing about His life shouts “Comfort”. This is why He would tell some who wanted to follow, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20).
If you are going to follow Jesus, you must follow by way of the cross. You must deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him. This is the truth that the Christian proclaims with his life.
But you would never know this by the way that we pray.(more…)
In the beginning, the King already reigned
Holy and perfect, He had nothing to gain.
Yet by His sovereign will He chose to create –
To display His glory and show His name as great.
The King gave the command to “Let there be”
And there appeared everything; light, stars, land and sea.
But He wasn’t finished, one more He chose to form.
Molded out of the dust and in His image, Man was born.
The man and his wife walked with God in perfect harmony
Trusting, following, they enjoyed life with the King.
Freely living they had only one rule by which to abide,
“Eat from any tree in the garden but one, or else you will die.” (more…)
Main Point: The will of God isn’t something hidden from us that we must find. God makes moral decision-making clear to us (He doesn’t want you to cheat on your taxes), but does not always tell us what to decide in non-moral decisions (Should I move to Michigan and be a carpenter?). Therefore, we trust that He holds the future and then make a decision after reading His word, consulting others, and praying. (more…)