In any theology of human sexuality, one must first establish the differences between the sexes. It is clear from Scripture that God created only two distinct sexes that are complimentary of each other (Gen. 1:27). In this text we see that God made them “male and female he created them.” This teaches that there were … Continue reading Theology of Human Sexuality
We see in Malachi 3:8–12, God says, “Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may … Continue reading Is Malachi 3:8-12 for the Church?
Christians are indeed saved by grace, and they are “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (English Standard Version Eph. 2:10). These good works are not performed to retain salvation. Nor are they performed as a means of repayment to God for the amazing salvation … Continue reading Grace and Works
In this world today, we are seeing many going down a path that is only heading for destruction. They are saying that things that God has declared as evil are good and that the good things declared by God are evil. They are seeking self-pleasure rather than a God-pleasing mind frame. We all know the … Continue reading The Path of Righteousness
Habits are very formative in anyone’s formation regardless of what it is they are seeking, or not seeking, to form. A habit is described as “a settled or regular tendency or practice” by the Oxford dictionary. When one has a settled or regular practice, this practice then begins to form them. For example, if someone … Continue reading Developing Habits for Godliness
Many people do not think debating with other Christians or unbelievers is wise or good. Many think it is unbiblical and will not work at all. I do not think that this is an accurate statement or belief. I believe that we are to do this as faithful Christians. So, is debating, or reasoning with … Continue reading Is Debating Biblical?
JAMES 2:14-26 "What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the … Continue reading Faith not Works
The only role we have in our salvation is we either receive it or reject it. It is totally free and offered to all and guaranteed forever. Our faith in Jesus does not hinge upon the works we do or do not do. If this was the case then no one would ever be saved … Continue reading The Eternalness of Salvation
I want to end this little series of stewardship on one of the most important items we can steward: God’s Word. Scripture is our standard to judge anything by. It is our guide, counsel, and source of wisdom for all of life. We see as much in 2 Timothy 3:16–17 when the apostle Paul wrote, … Continue reading Stewarding our Study of God’s Word
One may think that by working they are being a good steward. The answer to this is yes and no. Yes because you are working and earning your pay and providing. This is stewardship in its own right because the apostle Paul stated, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For … Continue reading Stewarding Your Work
Every person who is in the body of Christ has a gift given by the Spirit. I believe that this gift is something that you receive in full once you have believed. I believe we grow into the gift because we are still in the flesh and we must persevere and go on to maturity … Continue reading Stewarding our Spiritual Gifts
Charles Ryrie states, “All believers have the capacity to serve sin and the capacity to delight in the law of God.” This is so because “God has provided the way of victory. But, because [the flesh] has not been refined, it is a powerful enemy with which we have to live.” Since God provided but … Continue reading The Struggle With Sin
Once again we will look at our motives in our Christian life. We have looked at those who serve to prove salvation, those who serve to keep salvation, and those who serve to earn salvation. We have also looked at those who serve for their own glory. So, today I want to look at those … Continue reading Service Because of Love
Continuing the theme this week I want to look at some false motives. By false motives, I mean those that are done for one’s glory. Like we see in Philippians 1:15, those who preach Christ from envy or strife. They do it to look good or to get even with someone. It is not to … Continue reading False Motives
As with yesterday, I want today to look at our motivations. To, more explicitly, look at what motivates us to serve the Lord. There are many out there who will say that we are to serve the Lord because if we are not then we are not really saved. Others will say that we are … Continue reading What Motivates You?