They wanted to become the blessed one and be the role model for how to worship god the right way. They weren’t particularly in joy of the Anglican beliefs and customs. Winthrop’s sermon helps reiterate the puritan’s ideology and at the same time give guidelines on how to make a successful society and provides them with reason on why they have to succeed. They were an outcast in England and if their society here in the New World failed too then they as a group have failed. They have failed to show why their way is right and also they have failed god.
People who don’t have the gift of evangelism can do more harm than good in trying to emulate hard-line evangelistic techniques. The non-Christians of this world have horror stories of ill-informed, brash, bullying Christians who are “scalp hunting”. Unfortunately, there is a lot of damage control to be done, before we can even get people to listen and trust us enough to talk about something so personal as their spiritual life… We can all do that – be friendly and caring, don’t hide the fact that you are a Christian, but be sensitive to where they are at in regard to previous contact with Christians. It may be necessary to ask forgivenss for our unwise and uninformed brothers and sisters. Someone has said we have inocculated people against the
But Christ wants to speak truth into our lives, many times in the form of the Holy Spirit’s constructive criticism. Again, we have a choice to respond positively or make it personal. The Lord knows that this criticism is for our own good, and when we realize that, our relationship with Him will deep- en. We need to remember that most people who offer constructive criticism truly are trying to help us. Words of encouragement should prod us on to a greater life in Christ, not lead to the bitterness of spirit that brings glory to Satan and his troops.
He explains that change can seem overwhelming and even threatening at times, which is why he wants Christians to have deep roots and dive in deeper into the grace of the gospel. Piper’s thesis is to show that the bloodlines of race do not matter when compared to the deep bloodline of Christ (227). He points out a pivotal problem that humans are alienated from God, and in doing so, are alienated from each other (227). A key way of looking at this is remembering that when people fail to love God, they fail to love others which causes disharmony, pride, and
In the 1st century, Christianity spread throughout Rome causing differing views on the religion. At first Christianity was disapproved of by the upper class, then in later years it was embraced. The spread of Christianity throughout Rome eventually caused Rome to split and lead to the fall of the Roman empire. Christianity challenged the government, believing in a higher power then the Emperor. With this mindset, the government feared for it’s future in Rome and it was disapproved of, much like the Tang Emperor Wu in document 6, who stated that it will cause disorder in society.
It is said that when we are born, our hands are closed, as if we are holding something, well I believe that we are, and that something is knowledge of who we are and why we are here. Reason why people feel “lost “is because they lack knowledge as the book of Isiah 5: 13 “therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding…” (Bible, 2011) this is exactly what is happening, people are so caught up in what the world thinks they are and therefore have lost their purpose. My world view is built upon that of Christian world view, I believe that we are created in God’s image and according to His PURPOSE not our own. I believe that God created man not for them to satisfy their own personal desires but His desire and that is, to GLORIFY
To change things that are ruled by nature. We’re lazy. We expect one image of someone we’ve never met to cause miracles in our lives because we live by the word of the church, therefore we deserve it, because we’ve only been loyal to him. With the belief of God we’ve put an excuse for everything, instead of using logic and making a change for ourselves. Praying is essential when believing in God, but praying should be meant to thanking the invisible, not asking for more.
As opposed to the Grandmothers constant change of morals to favor certain situations, the Misfit has morals that are set in stone and adhere to his past, present and future. As the two characters converse, religion sparks an interest in the Misfit because it is something he is interested in understanding but knowing it must not be true. He believes that he must see it with his own eyes to prove the existence. His concept of reality also relates himself to Jesus, so much so as to believe he is a realistic representation of Him. He goes on to tell that the only difference is between the crimes committed and the proof held against him.
He never found peace in these practices. As he studied the Scriptures, he came across Romans 1:17, “The just shall live by faith.” The statement burst upon his consciousness like a light as he realized that he could never be saved by his works but needed to trust in God’s grace for the forgiveness of sins. He concluded that justification by faith is an act of God that makes the sinner righteous apart from his own works. Here, lies the difference between the Catholic and the Protestant conception.
In her short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor tackles the issue of grace, showing that no matter the person, everyone can attain and earn grace. The grandmother and the Misfit, though they appear to be quite different people, are both the same at the core: They are sinners in need of Christ. The Misfit and the grandmother are both capable of change and accepting God, but only the grandmother reaches this revelation before her death. Grace is one of the most important ideas in the Bible and Christianity. Grace is “the love of God shown to the unlovely; the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favor of God,” (Holcomb).
He argued that Christians will be disturbing the peace and those who do are rebelling and are disobedient. If you become disobedient to the king, you are also disobeying God. Boucher argues that if God wanted them to have independence they would have had it, and they should be grateful and thankful with our without it. He says “Obedience to government is every man’s duty because it is ever man’s interest; but it is particularly incumbent on Christians, it is enjoined by the positive commands of God.” (#32; pg. 101) Boucher had many unpersuasive arguments.
Scriptural rambling can bring confusion to younger Christians because they are not equipped yet to follow. However, when it comes to the older Christians, can feed their pride and lead to sin. Collins stated,”the purpose of the sermon is to edify the congregation in their faith, not to convince them that you swallowed a chain reference Bible or a seminary Rolodex.” Therefore, we should only use and teach messages that the congregations can
Total truth talks about how the secular world has pushed aside Christian views and those that support them are being told to hide that side of themselves. Christians have come to understand that there has to be two sides to them in how they live their lives. One is their work persona and two their church persona. The author goes on to say that they as Christians should break out of this grid that people have created for them so that they can truly live a Christian life every day for every walk of life. Pearcey talks about how Christians should be able to freely serve God.
This concept of having a buffet style (take what you want, leave the rest) Christianity is not something new. But how many of us struggle with it and don’t realize it? Sometimes, we go through the bible or we attend service, and pick and choose what exactly we desire. If the apostle Paul wasn’t afraid to proclaim the “whole counsel of God...”(Acts 20:27), then does that mean we are only expected to observe some of it and some of the time? Peter in 2 Peter 1:3 informs us as Christians we have been given by God “All things pertaining to life and godliness.” There’s nothing that God has instructed his Body, his bride, the Church, that is okay to not apply to your life.
Many churches have stated that they will not and do not support gay marriage due to their interpretation of the Bible. Followers on theses churches have conformed to these ideals as well. However, it is stated in the Bible that we should love and forgive all. Yet these churches do not love, support, forgive, or some even want to be in the presence of people in the LGBTQ community. They believe that Jesus died for all of our sins, as stated in the Bible, but they should be opposed to those in the LGBTQ community.