Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 43)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.” Romans 1:18-19

We move now from Paul’s great thematic statement about not being ashamed of the Gospel of God – “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith” – to humanity’s great need for the Gospel – “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.”

That is the most frightening statement ever uttered by man to men. The “wrath” of Almighty God is “revealed” from “heaven” against “all ungodliness and unrighteousness” of men. What can mere creatures do in the face of the wrath of the Creator revealed from Heaven against them? Is there no hope?

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Teaching Notes: On Why Jesus Came

The sermons and lessons that have been and will be preached and taught about Jesus Christ must number in the hundreds of millions, if not billions. Jesus is our life and light, our heart and soul, our reason and purpose, our hope and goal.

In our last Teaching Notes we looked at Jesus Christ as the Second Person of the Trinity. We now look at why He came to earth from Heaven.

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Teaching Notes: On Jesus Christ

In our last Teaching Notes, we looked at the Bible’s teaching about the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God the Father is often referred to as the First Person of the Trinity, yet the New Testament is quite clear that God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are Co-Equal with God the Father.

We turn now to the Second Person of the Trinity in this continuing series of Teaching Notes from the 1970’s.

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What Now? (Part Two)

The United States has new leadership in the White House and the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. Each change came after serious disagreements and with strong words. Many people on both sides of the pond are pleased by these changes, while many others are dismayed. What now?

We are looking for answers through the lens of Christianity – how Jesus Christ sees life and its challenges. In the first part of this series, we looked at the Christian response to modern challenges from a positional perspective. In the second part, we will look at the Christian response from a practical perspective. How should Christians live out Christianity in a changing world?

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What Now? (Part One)

Whether you live in the United States or the United Kingdom, you may be wondering “what now?” Whether it’s President Trump or Brexit, things are changing. Whether you voted Republican or Democrat, things are changing. Whether you voted to leave the European Union or stay in the EU, things are changing. If you live in other countries around the world, you may also be facing changes that are very challenging. So, we ask, what now?

Lest you think this is going to be a political post that favors one candidate or party over another, I invite you to read a post published during the Presidential Primary season a year ago – How To Choose The Best Leader For A Nation.

I’d like to address this from the Christian worldview, since that is what I believe to be true and lasting. I realize that if you have a different worldview you may not agree with some of what I’m going to share, so please share your thoughts with me in the Comment (Reply) section below and we can discuss our differences. Talking about our differences can be highly constructive, especially if we treat each other with gentleness and respect.

The first part of this series will be positional in nature. The second part will be practical. Our hope and prayer is that both will be helpful to the conversations we are having with family and friends during these challenging times.

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Teaching Notes: On Teaching

“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” James 3:1

That Bible verse has bothered me for many years – as well it should. James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote a letter that hits followers of Christ hard, especially those who teach and lead. While that verse didn’t keep me from teaching the Bible, it has been a constant reminder of being careful about what I teach. Teachers will receive a “stricter judgment.”

That said, let me add that teachers who teach correctly also receive great reward. That reward includes pleasing God, being to the praise of His glory, and making disciples.

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