Community is something we all want. How did we get this way? How did this craving, this longing, get hardwired into us? The Bible answers that question by explaining that we are created in the image of God. God created us for community.
We look for sources of authority to guide and direct our lives, and we have all kinds of options. And you know what? These options will not always agree. So where do you go for authority in your Christian walk?
From studying Paul’s letter to the Romans, we can learn the content of the Christian faith like nowhere else in the New Testament. In his letter, Paul opens vistas to the gospel, shining a light on what we can experience by embracing and living in the Good News of Christ.
In answering questions about life after death, we are left with only two sources to consult. Either we turn to human experience or we turn to the Word of God. If we turn to human experience, we find many guesses, many ideas, many theories—but no sure answers.
Currently, I am preaching through a series of messages about leadership in the church. In the last message, I taught on the qualifications necessary for someone to serve as an elder in the church by summing it up to three characteristics: mature, loving, and discerning.
In Ephesians 2 Paul takes us down to the Death Valley of the Soul and then up to “the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” The journey’s contrast will enhance our appreciation for what we have in Christ and will influence the way we live.