Many Christians know very little of the history of their faith. In this article, the first of a four part series, Pastor Greg Axe gives a foundation for understanding history from a faith perspective as well as summarizes the first 100 years of Christianity.
A deep longing and desire raging against our hope for righteousness. A civil war for our flesh (Romans 7). This spectrum ranges from the daily distractions of the interweb epidemic and “smart living” to mental states of dissociation, completely detached from reality, ourselves, others, and a God who loves us. In this mortal fight we oppose ourselves (2Ti 2:25), generating an incongruence that wages in all of us, corrupting us emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically (Romans 6:23). Ultimately, this robs us of the clarity of God's call.
God began to teach me that the Bible lights our current steps on the path and not necessarily the entire stretch of road before us. What matters is how we respond to what he has shown us. Our faith, not our strength, pleases God.
If we are to trust what God’s word says, we will trust that he has preserved his word for us in our language. Every nation, tribe, and tongue after all. With this view of biblical authority we can reject Wright's subversive hermeneutic, where he twists the promises of God, the people of God, and the kingdom of God.
You and I are not called to redeem the world by atoning for its sin; we are called to take the next right and obedient step as a follower of Christ and proclaim and demonstrate the victory we have in Christ. That is what is divine about our new nature in Christ! You can make the decision to obey just like you did when you played Simon Says.
We are called to teach those who oppose themselves, but we’re not called to do it with virtual picket signs and pitchforks. We’re called to do it gently, patiently, and with meekness. After all, it’s God that will lead them to repentance and the acknowledgment of the truth, not your rhetorical skills.
People are always spouting off their reasons why they can’t submit to the word of God. They express their caveats, saying, “The word of God can’t have total authority in my life because I’m a democrat/republican/libertarian/this/that first.”
My response (and God’s response) to this line of thinking is that who you are in this world and after the flesh means nothing. But who you are in Christ is everything.
The world can never have peace in their lives until they have peace with God through salvation. The scripture is not giving us a suggestion to seek peace with “some men”, but rather with “all men”. I was making excuses based on my situations, but the scripture was crashing into my world because I was not sharing my peace—Jesus—with all men. I was saved, but I was afraid to declare Jesus, as it would separate me from the world.
Believe it or not, the Lord isn’t as concerned with how many people you are influencing as he is with your willingness to obey Him with all your heart. If he calls you to be a school janitor, you’d better be a school janitor with all your heart. If he calls you to be an engineer, you’d better be an engineer with all your heart. If he calls you to be a leader, you’d better lead with all your heart.
For 2,000 years, growing Christians have been looking to Timothy as a model for what their own personal faithfulness should look like. His testimony is particularly significant to young people because of his age as well as the manner in which his spiritual growth is displayed. We see the pattern of his life from one faith proposition to another, growing from a spiritual child to a developed pastor and leader at a young age.
For young adults, it is important to recognize the challenges the age with the intent that we choose to pursue the great commission regardless of culture’s obstacles. While notions about your generation may be pervasive, it is important to recognize that the Christian isn’t obligated to be in bondage to them. Because of biblical truth, the millennial Christian can live without being controlled by other people's thoughts.
Since Mission Focus Conference, our church leaders have been inviting us to consider what part of missions God is calling us to in 2018. This post helps guide us in determining what our role is in world missions.
This article is part of a three part series that discusses the need for our leaders to invest in the lives of future generations. Making Missionaries of Millennials pt 1: The Prejudice calls us to be aware of our own generational bigotry and points to a biblical philosophy to combat it.
Jasmine Canady is a member of C&YA. She is a discipler and serves in Friends of Internationals at UMKC. In this post, Jasmine gives a testimony of her experience with discipleship and how God has used it to change her desires and mindset.
Alan Shelby is the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church, a Living Faith Bible Fellowshipchurch in Blue Springs, MO. Alan Shelby is also dean of the Living Faith Bible Institute. The goal of this post is to dispel the unbiblical teachings of a sub-sect of replacement theology, the Black Hebrew Israel movement.
Paul Fyffe is a member of Midtown Baptist Temple. He is married and has four children, and he currently serves on our baptism team. In this post he shares his testimony: how Christ saved him, his later struggle with drug addiction, and how Christ healed and restored him to the body after his repentance.
Brian Clark is a missionary and church planter to London, England and a pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church, one of the churches within the Living Faith Fellowship. In this post, Brian brings up a topic we all know too well – disappointment – and offers encouragement and a biblical response to it and all other trials in our lives.