Showing posts from November, 2017

Christ Divided

1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Acts 11:26 tells us, "It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians." (NLT) The word "Christian" means "follower of Christ."  In 1 Corinthians 1:7-9, the Apostle Paul shows us a little of the benefits of being a follower of Christ when he says: Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  (NLT) With every spiritual gift having been provided and the promise that God will keep one strong, this is a privileged relationship.  One enters into this relationship with Jesus by faith.  As we are told in John 1:12: But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become childr

The Church in Corinth

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 This week I read the following article on the web: Calvary Baptist Church, a progressive Baptist landmark in the heart of downtown Washington, has named a gay couple as co-pastors. Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen were presented to the congregation during worship services Sunday (Jan. 8) and are set to begin their new jobs on Feb. 26. A spokeswoman for the congregation said she didn’t know whether a gay couple leading a church was a first for Baptists. “We look for the best people in the world and that’s who they were,” said Carol Blythe.  “We’re very excited.” [i] Calvary Baptist Church is very proud and happy about their choice.  For us conservatives, this is quite shocking.  We ask, “How has this come about?”  However, this is nothing new.  The Apostle Paul dealt with similar issues in the Church of his day.  Paul, in his letter to the Church in Corinth said: 1 I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among

The Return of the Lord

Revelation 19:11-21 Jesus is coming back. He promised us: And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  (John 14:3, KJV) The belief that Jesus is coming again is central to the teaching and faith of all Christians.  However, how and when this will occur is not agreed upon.  That He is coming is not in doubt.  How He is coming is not clearly understood.  This can be explained by looking at how the Jews of the Old Testament interpreted the promises of His coming. The Old Testament prophets promised that a Messiah, a Savior, would come.  Many details were given.  He was to be born of a virgin.  He was to be of the line of David.  He was to be born in Bethlehem.  He was to save His people from their sins.  Along with these promises, there were promises for the Gentiles.  He was to be a light for the nations, and a Savior for all peoples.  In addition, there were promises for the kingdom of Israe

The Day of the Lord

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 The day of the Lord is coming. For those who believe in Christ, this is good news.  For as 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 says: For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. (NLT) The day of His appearing will be a time of rejoicing for those who believe, but for those who do not, there is only the certain expectation of wrath, judgment and trouble.  However, even then there will be hope for those who repent.  The day of the Lord is a term used to describe a series of events foretold by the Scriptures regarding what could be termed the end of the world or end times prophecies.  There are ministries whose entire existence centers around end times prophecies and world events: interpretations abound. The passage we just read refers to the rapture of the church.  However, three major teachings are dominant in regar