Oftentimes, we hear about and/or talk about “suffering for being a Christian.” And many of those times, I think our minds jump to a picture of someone being physically persecuted in an Asian country. While this is most certainly true, it is also not exhaustive. Peter in 1 Peter 3 and 4, and Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount, sheds some light at what is perhaps more of a basic understanding of “suffering for Christ’s sake.”
What is a church? Is it a social club? Is it a state-funded entity? How are we to think about church membership? Is it negotiable? Is it optional? Is it necessary? Is it biblical?
When we go through trials of injustice, we often can lose hope and direction. Hope becomes shallow and jaded and direction becomes relative and blurred. Pastor Peter encountered this with a few churches in his day. Here are a few observations from how he addresses these people in their troublesome time:
This post may at first seem to be educating people on how to avoid committing to a local church. My intention is rather to make aware that those who are currently following one or more of these are probably not experiencing the church as an outpost of God’s gracious future kingdom.
There are a good handful of challenging passages to understand and interpret in the Bible. How are we supposed to read and understand them faithfully? Here are a few steps that can help you as you make your way through a tough text:
Paul, False Teachers, & Contentment I recently preached on 1 Timothy 6 and one of the principles that has remained with me is that of gospel-grounded contentment. In 1 Timothy 6:6-8, Paul leads the church to think through what they are to be about – not greedy gain, like the false teachers, but satisfaction in [...]
What do your emotions expose about what you treasure most? Do you notice the same patterns at work within your heart? How do you combat them in order to keep living on mission for our King?
Once you’ve experienced the most beautifully glorious thing ever, things which you once thought were beautiful and glorious now appear bland. And so it is with…
Several passages in the NT talk about the goodness and necessity of work. Christ has redeemed us to perform the work that he has given us to do before the foundation of the earth (Eph. 2:10). Here are just a few passages and their general thrust of what it means to work faithfully inside of Jesus’ finished work.
Perhaps one of the main reasons why marriage goes the way of the fallen culture is because it either loses its sight of or never has a vision of the beauty of grace operating within its structure…
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