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…
Timothy Witmer, in his book “The Shepherd Leader” describes the main roles of a good under-shepherd taking place in four categories: know, lead, feed, and protect. This is how you know you got a good one – He comes under the authority of God’s directives for his role. Below are some snapshots that I seen these demonstrated in our Pastor of 18 years.
The more I am involved in meetings, administration, leadership opportunities, teaching, and preaching, the more I see the need for humble explicity. Let me explain this slightly made up word and the theory behind it…
Paul opens up this letter, as he does with other letters, with a greeting and statement of address. However, this is more tailored to his particular audience and primary recipient, the Church in Ephesus and Timothy, respectively.
Paul adds to his normal self-ascription of apostle a few phrases, first by calling Jesus “Christ Jesus” and second by adding “by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope.”
Often when we think of spiritual gifts, our minds go immediately to the passage in 1 Corinthians 12-14, which talk about gifts (responsibilities) that God gives to the people in His church (both local and total) for the edification of the church (both local and total) and the glory of His name. However, I would venture to speculate that while we run to this passage in 1 Corinthians when we think about Spiritual gifts, we do not run to the correct understanding of spiritual gifts.
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