They both contain a greeting, a body and a closing statement. The themes of these letters, which will be discussed in detail later, are also similar: they are to warn the church about incoming dangers and to remind the Christians to remain strong in the faith. They both end their letters by glorifying God and the Lord Jesus Christ. However, to analyze the similarities of these books in an efficient manner, it is vital to understand the
The adage, “each one for himself and God for us all” seems to be the guiding principle of most love and friendship relationships. This new way of practicing love and friendship, have not only infiltrated our societies but it has also entered into Christian communities and churches. The common
By quoting a psalm, “Grant me Lord to know and understand” (Augustine, 3) on the faith one must have in God, Augustine establishes himself with a knowledge base to better communicate that he is well versed in scripture and that his musings in the narrative have their basis in the Holy Book. He frequently interjects these quotes from scripture to begin a series of questioning. This serves to make his point of view more relatable to the audience, an audience that may not have converted to catholicism yet. By asking these questions Augustine awkledges the doubts that happen when someone believes in God, doubts that he had for the time before his conversion to catholicism. Even the fact that he writes these questions and admits to not having answers is
Christianity explains salvation as redemption by God’s grace through faith from unrighteousness and sins to Cleanliness, also known as Salvation. The Bible explores salvation in different perspectives including reconciliation, redemption, ransom, forgiveness, and justification. Even though the Bible is a unitary book, the new and the old testaments present salvation in different aspects. However, the different aspects are complementary. In fact, the Old Testament presents many prophesies about salvation that was fulfilled in the New Testament (Kärkkäinen 87).
Have you ever thought of how we got the Bible that we have and why some churches uses other books in addition to the sixty-six in our bible? Catholic bible includes other books known as Apocrypha, then how do we know if the books in our Bible are the books God wants us to have and that other books that are not inspired by Him. In the early church, many books were moving around the churches and some of these books carried teachings which caused a lot of problems in the church. A lot of controversial issues were raised about what Christians should believe, how Christians should behave, and who gets to decide both. Some of the early church leaders gathered together to decide which books were worth to be included in the Bible, and which ones were
Pastoral care is a ministry of guidance and the pastors has the aptitude to influence the mind-sets of others, by promoting spiritual growth. Providing pastoral care can overlap with personal and professional relationships. Pastoral care Is when pastors and ministers keep us centered on what is essential in the healing process and in our relationship with God, the Almighty. Moreover, in the midst of the chaos and grief of a
Paul’s pneumatology found in his writings has been a matter of interest in recent New Testament scholarship. Gordon Fee has been a great contributor in this area and in Paul, the Spirit and the People of God he outlines the various elements found in Pauline pneumatology giving us greater insight into this subject. In this paper I will highlight some of these elements that are unique to Paul and are not found in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts. The first distinctive of Pauline pneumatology is the way he sees the Spirit as God’s personal presence. For Paul, the coming of the Spirit meant that God had fulfilled the promises He had made to Jeremiah and Ezekiel when He said, ‘I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel’ (Jer. 31:31), and
An overview of Homiletics: Historical, Theological and Homiletic Development and Significance. Introduction: Preaching is the central acts of Christianity Preaching is a vehicle for promoting the changes in the churches as well as in society. Preaching also assumes that it is the fundamental aspects of the church. The church cannot function properly without the direction of it. .
Families, who encounter problems, whether it is in their marriage or a parental issue with a child, will pursue counseling as a way to help mend the broken family dynamic. If the family has a strong Christian belief system and worldview, they might feel more comfortable receiving therapy from a pastor in the church or from a therapist that will incorporate a Christian perspective into the therapeutic approach. The articles Counseling From The Christian Point Of View, Just What Is Christian Counseling Anyway?, and an interview with professor Chip Vining will show the different methods of a Christian approach and how to accommodate families who wish to have their counselor integrate faith as part of therapy. Chip Vining is a pastor as well
His contributors support also the same philosophy where God and the Gospel must be the center of every style of worship (16). Also, the contributors’ arguments are quite strong because their thesis is consistent with the biblical teaching. However, each author supports specific worship practices as introduced early in this book. Indeed, the authors’ concern about the current Christians’ worship practices can be described as one of the strengths of this
Jesus was put on earth to dwell amongst man and spread the teachings of God. He was also sent to die for our sins and when he was resurrected, he did so to erase all the sins of
Christianity can only have one God, therefore making Governments that force you to worship a king a tough place to thrive as a Christian. This is evident in the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The Government was forcing every citizen to worship a golden idol of the king, or risked being thrown into a furnace. The three men, being content in Christ, were thrown into the furnace; however God saved them all from the flames. This is amazing; for God used this to show the King his power and everyone in the kingdom believe in God afterwards.
Jesus preaches to the disciples giving them a list of blessings which are known as the Beatitudes. He conveys the message in a way that is out of love for them. If they follow his teachings they will be closer to getting salvation in the Kingdom of Heaven and therefore living a life of meaning and purpose. As said in Chapter 5 of the Gospel According to Matthew, “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven“(p. 50).