Philippians 2:14-16 NIV “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to … Continue reading Shine Like the Stars
Galatians 5:1 NIV “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” When we come to faith in Jesus Christ, what slavery are we being set free from? We are being set free from our slavery to sin. … Continue reading Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
John 10:1-4 NIV “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the … Continue reading Because We Know His Voice
Summary 2 Corinthians 1-12 The Corinthian church was riddled with sin, especially sexual immorality, I believe. It was questionable, thus, as to the legitimacy of everyone’s faith. So, Paul encouraged them to be reconciled to God, and he urged them not to receive God’s grace in vain. He also urged them to return to him … Continue reading Unless You Fail the Test
John 8:31-32 NIV “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” There are many people today who are teaching that God’s love for us is unconditional. Is it? It is … Continue reading Conditional or Unconditional?
1 John 4:7-8 NIV “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” In order for us to properly interpret what this is saying here we need to understand … Continue reading Love Comes from God
When studying the Scriptures, it is critical that we read them in context. For example, the letters (epistles) in the New Testament were originally not written in chapter and verses. Romans, for example, is all one letter. So, we can’t pull some verses out of Romans and build our doctrine around them without comparing them … Continue reading Our Actions Matching Our Words
2 Corinthians 5:15 NIV “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” Why did Jesus Christ have to die on that cross? He is the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the … Continue reading Are You Tired of Sin and Straying?
2 Peter 2:1-3 NIV “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. … Continue reading They Exploit You with Fabricated Stories
Galatians 3:26-29 NIV “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you … Continue reading IF You Belong to Christ