I John was written to lst century believers in Asia Minor to guard themselves against a pernicious heresy that today we know as incipient or pre-gnosticism, a cluster of teachings that took sin lightly, believed in salvation by ‘enlightenment’ via secret rites, and was socially elitist, etc. To expose them and to give believers some benchmarks by which to test themselves John provides some tests of authenticity. Gnosticism may have come and gone but certain features of it continue to manifest themselves to this day and must be taken as serious threats to the integrity of the faith. The epistle is as relevant today as the day it was written and it would do all those into ‘easy believism’ or ‘cheap grace’ a world of good to read it over and over again until its message seeps in.
The Psalms comprise perhaps the most generally beloved literature in all of God’s word. The reason for that is not a puzzle. The psalms, many penned by King David, are so personal and addressed to God “out of the pits” where, at one time or another (or better yet many times) all of us believers […]
Penned by Luke, the author of the third gospel, which recounts the beginning of the ministry of our Lord Jesus, the book of Acts is the sequel, narrating the continuation of His ministry through His chosen apostles. It describes the birth of the church and the fulfillment of the OT promise of the outpouring of the […]
Following Jesus is our conviction, our passion and our vision. That is what we are all about. But sometimes it helps a lot to flesh that out a bit, because following Jesus, which is the reflex of an honest-to-God faith, is really a pretty radical thing. In this short series of four messages, Pastor Jim […]