Archive for January, 2020

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 13:1

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1 ESV

Everything we do and say should glorify God and draw others to Him. If what we say and do only scares people away and/or distracts from God, we may not be acting in love.

VerseD: Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14‭-‬16, ESV

Our works will never save us, but Christ’s work and light shine through us to glorify the Father by leading others to Christ.

VerseD: Philippians 2:12

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling
Philippians 2:12, ESV

We do not earn our salvation. We show the world we are saved by being obedient to Christ and doing good works to help others, encourage each other, and glorify God.

Review – A Matter of Days – Chapter 5

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The Creedal Climate

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In chapter 5, Ross attempts to build a case that the ecumenical creeds produced by historical Christian counsels failed to include any mention of the importance of the Genesis 6 day creation account. He writes:

If all pre-Darwin Christians unanimously and unambiguously held one view on the length of the creation days, evidence for such a position would likely be found in the creedal statements written during the first 1700 years of church history.

What Ross fails to realize here is that one of the purposes of the early Christian creeds  was to identify and resist heresies from becoming malignant in the church. Old Earthism, including death, suffering, thorns, and predation prior to the sin of mankind did not infect the culture or church until the 19th century. So, the authors of the creeds would have seen no need to protect…

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VerseD: Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16, ESV

We read, memorize, and live out Scripture, because by it the Holy Spirit moves through us to lift each other up in Christ in wisdom and thankfulness and through conversations and singing God’s truth.

VerseD: Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Matthew 18:20, ESV

Not merely about having church, Jesus is telling us that He is with us as we call out sin, encourage repentance and change, and draw each other closer to Himself.

This Sunday at Church: Praise God for the Gospel

Our church is preparing to make our way through Ephesians after this two week “Vision series” to explain where we see our little congregation going in the future based on the “foundation of apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20) as we “make disciples … baptizing them in the name of Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all” He has commanded. (Matthew 28:18-20) Our vision and mission, therefore, is “To live a full life in Christ and bring others along for the ride.”
And this morning it included stories of how the Gospel changed people’s lives in our own congregation. There were quite a few amens and praise the Lord’s shouted. We remember and thank God that we have the Prophets (Old Testament) and Apostles (New Testament) to point us to Christ.

Daniel

The Domain for Truth

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Praise God for the Gospel.

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