God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God's offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is "repentance" - to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God's.
He has revealed our purpose. A plan for our lives revealed “In Christ.” 2. Example- Organizations that succeed understand their purpose and mission. Same is true for those “In Christ.” 3. Our mission is to Glorify God, Praise God, act on God’s plan for our lives, so that people can see God living in us!
How should we confront injustice? Listen to the words that explain how Jesus confronted injustice. You can give up your bitterness and maintain your sense of justice at the same time. When Jesus was being persecuted, He knew that God would judge justly at the right time and in His perfect way. Jesus said: “I have so much faith in God that I can forgive and live without bitterness.” God says to you and to me this morning: ‘I will take care of the justice issue; you need to be free from bitterness.” Ironically, withholding forgiveness usually inflicts more pain on the one who needs to forgive than on the one who needs to be forgiven.
That is why people need God’s wisdom to choose to obey God. Though we are saved, and the power of sin has been broken, but we still could have sinful, unbelieving heart. The sinful heart will turn away from the living God and the heart will be hardened. So, we need to encourage one another daily to turn back to God. Therefore, others are necessary for personal growth in the gospel.
This is what the word mystery means today. But, that’s not exactly what Paul means by the word mystery here in this text. Paul, uses this word to express something beyond natural knowledge, but has been opened to us by divine revelation through the Holy Spirit. This means that we could not understand it on our own, until God revealed it to us. Colossians 1: 24-27(Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake
This is so because of the New Testament’s concurrent warnings against worldliness and its exhortation to the Christian to have impact upon the world for the gospel. Concerning warnings about worldliness, consider these admonitions in Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 6:14, 17; Colossians 2:8; James 1:27; and 1 John 2:15. Nevertheless, the New Testament is full of counsel to the Christian to be involved in culture. Note the following verses: Matthew 5:13-16; 28:19, 20; John 17:15, 16; 2 Corinthians 5:20; and Colossians 4:5. All these texts put Christians in a quandary on how to avoid spiritual contamination and moral impurity while at the same time carrying out the commission Jesus has given.
God tells Hosea to marry Gomer, who is a harlot. God compared the people of Israel to Gomer because of their betrayal. God was good to his people, as was Hosea to Gomer. The Israelites started to stray from God, pray to other “idols” and commit sins. God used Hosea as a prophet, to speak to the Israelites about their sins and to ask God for forgiveness.
3:16-17). Baxter correctly highlighted the primary duty of minister in correcting those disobedience or rebellious flock – “To bring your people to submit to this course of private catechizing or instruction; for, if they will not come to you, or allow you to come to them, what good can they receive?” However, when we look at today’s congregation, especially old believers, their mindset had changed – though at the beginning of salvation, they humbly followed all the minister’s instructions diligently for their soul’s healing, but after sometimes, they hardened their heart to any kind of pastoral treatment as though they are superior than their shepherd. They will not come to us and will not allow us to come to
He ended chapters with the reminder that the Lord was coming back. Paul reminded the church, Christ’s advent signals hope and comfort for all believers, living and dead. The fact that Paul emphasized the Lord’s return to a young church ‘just getting up-and running’ should perhaps suggest the importance of teaching the doctrine of the Second Coming in a “practical way” so to lay a foundation for a mature Christian faith. After the arrival of the first Thessalonian letter, additional seeds of false doctrine were being sown among the church members, causing them to waver in their faith. Paul responded by writing a second Thessalonian letter and clarifying the doctrinal issues that were causing distress in the minds of the new believers.
At this point Edwards has grasped the attention of his listeners by using pathos to pertain to their emotions and feelings. Towards the end of the sermon his tone switches to one of reason in terms of not neglecting his words. He asks a series of rhetorical questions such as those who are unconverted and do not teach their children of Christ that they too will have to witness the wrath of God. As for literary devices such as metaphors, similes, and allegories, Edwards does not disappoint for his use of them most likely whipped a lot of Puritans back into their faith. The reason why his sermons were so intense according to Matthew Paul Turner was because, “The more spiritual successes that Edwards experienced, the more he seemed to intentionally
This indicates that inquiring is a key element in maintaining one’s faith in God. Accordingly, the questions asked by the narrator with reference to the Holocaust shows his commitment to this divine being. Based on his experiences, Eliezer indicates: “My anger rises up within faith and not outside it” (Wiesel 48). Despite the instabilities in his faith, Eliezer is able to reinstate his unconditional trust in
Jesus tells us in the context of the whole passage that all have perpetrated (sinned), and we shouldn 't be so hasty to cast a stone (judge/condemn) others before taking an introspective look at ourselves and where we fall short. To foster this spirituality for incarnationally serving those on the margins is to "choose the way of Jesus, laying aside all the earthly resources that give us power - in order to be present to those we love" (pg. 97). Doing this, we humble ourselves and serve people like Madu as friends, since the textbook answer won 't make the impact necessary for change, but living it out, showing love and bestowing friendship upon them will be the example and the relationship they need that will cause a deep transformative impact. However, we mustn 't become calloused to the evil actions in these ambiguous situations, if we do, then the loving-correction needed to move past perpetration may never be accomplished.
John Winthrop’s “A Model of Christian Charity” showed that the people valued their God most importantly for their God was their only hope in surviving in a new environment. Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was said very seriously and was taken seriously by the people who listened to the sermon. Edwards focused on a lot towards how sinners will be punished by God and will suffer an eternal punishment if they did not change their ways. Qualities shown were very serious and religious to achieve a well functioning society. George Washington’s Rules of Civility were also serious and showed that people must show the qualities of honesty, respectfulness, and self discipline.
God manifests himself in what Christians regard as true and in our daily actions. C.S Lewis outlines in Book Two of Mere Christianity what we, as Christians, believe and why we have come to these conclusions. He explains opposition to Christianity and how we must quell the outbursts of non-believers. Using succinct and simple language he not only legitimizes God’s existence but His effect on humanity. In the first subcategory of Book Two, Lewis discusses his conversion from atheism to Christianity and how it relates to his worldview.
His sermons were made to serve as a wake-up call for those who dismissed God’s magnificence while exaggerating their own value as decent, hard-working individuals. Edwards strongly believed that only a sincere conversion is required for a person to join a church. Preachers like Edwards wanted not only to address their congregations’ intelligence but also to engage their emotions so as to convince them of the weight of their iniquity and motivate them to seek salvation from the wrath they could expect from a powerful God. The results were encouraging as revival was spreading throughout the colonies, but one congregation in Enfield, Connecticut, seemed to be resistant to the call for radical conversion. In response, Edwards was invited to preach there.