There are times when theology can be very practical, times when what we believe and what we preach to ourselves can have a profound impact on our spiritual well-being. Nowhere is this more true than when we face times of darkness.
I guarantee you Jesus will help you and change you. You may not see drastic changes from day to day, but I promise you that 5 years from now you will say to me you can’t believe how much Jesus has changed you.
When reading through the NT, it does not take long to realize that Luke sounds different than John, and Paul different than both of them. So what basis is there for seeing unity in the midst of such diversity?
One area where compartmentalizing (the opposite of integration) has hurt the church is the isolation of evangelism. Outreach has often been seen as a separate or unusual “program” in the church rather than a core component of its existence.
I remember being shocked as a young adult by some Hollywood wedding (a true story) in which the traditional vows were replaced with promises to be faithful “until the death of love parts us.” It’s time to return to basics. Love is a commitment, not a feeling. Feelings follow from godly actions, not vice-versa.
It’s a problem I see in churches. It’s a problem I could see us having in the church I now pastor… if we aren’t careful. If we aren’t careful we can depend more on the structure than on an utter dependence on God.
Why is sexual sin singled out as uniquely damaging to the body in a way that other physical actions are not? Substance abuse, gluttony, cutting—these are all harmful acts to the body, but they do not do what sexual misconduct does, according to Paul.