A fallacy of modern days is the perception that the NT church, the church in its infancy, was a model of Christian purity and power and largely unaffected by some of the toxic influences and divisiveness that bedevils modern church life. This perception is greatly exaggerated and no NT epistle illustrates the same old ‘modern’ issues like the ancient church at Corinth. It is helpful to see the chinks in their armor, too, and to realize how God can still work with (and correct) serious imperfections in the body life of local congregations. Especially enlightening is to see how the Apostle Paul addressed these issues, which in principle are still hanging around our congregations today. The same diseases require the same prescriptions of God’s Word.
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 […]