John 1:35–42 There stood a mighty Prophet; there was the predicted character of the Lord’s Servant; there was a peerless One. The good news proclaimed by John the Baptist was true. The Christ had indeed come. May we not pause here to consider what this means with reference to our methods of work for Christ?
The ministry of Peter and those associated with him is presented with amazing completeness in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. Here is evangelism at its best, and the spiritual nurture that should follow. Here, with vivid recollections of his Lord, and mindful of the twofold thrust of the Great Commission, Peter presents... Continue Reading →
This is the first day of the year. Let us make the resolution that we will defend the faith but that we will do so with gentleness and respect. A Christian should not attempt to ram the truth down someone’s throat or to speak patronizingly or critically to them.
The most important kind of Christian work in the world is personal work. We look at the men who stand on the platform and speak to great crowds, but I believe God pays more attention to the man who sits down with a single soul.
1 Peter 3:15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being prepared to make a defense [Gr. apologia] to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect; ALWAYS BEING PREPARED TO MAKE DEFENSE TO... Continue Reading →
At Pentecost 33 C.E.,* there were 120 disciples in the upper room that received Holy Spirit. Within 100 years, the apostles, especially the apostle Paul and those early Christians grew Christianity from 120 disciples to over one million Christians, * B.C.E. means “before the Common Era,” which is more accurate than B.C. (“before Christ”). C.E. denotes... Continue Reading →
Jesus’ parables took many forms, including examples, comparisons, similes, and metaphors. He is well-known for his use of the parable, which has been defined as "a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.” Similes are normally introduced with the word “like” or “as.” They compare two... Continue Reading →
How important are miracles in the Bible, yet do all people believe that they really happened? “Miracles, by definition, violate the principles of science.”—RICHARD DAWKINS. “Belief in miracles is entirely rational. Far from being an embarrassment to religious faith, they are signs of God’s love for, and continuing involvement in, creation.”—ROBERT A. LARMER, PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY. SHOULD YOU believe in miracles? As we can see from the above quotations, opinions vary considerably. But how could you convincingly answer that question?
Jesus was the master at using parables that related to the lives of people. Many of his parables reflected things that he had no doubt seen while he had up in Galilee. Ponder for a moment about his early life as a child and a teen. How many times did he see the common practice of his... Continue Reading →
Take a moment and ponder what it must have been like to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in the first century and imagine that you are listening to the voice of Jesus as he taught. What would it have been like? yes, these ones were very privileged. However, those early followers of Jesus never... Continue Reading →