What if Jesus of Nazareth had never been born? What if He had not lived and died and lived again to fulfill the promises of Holy Scripture? Can you imagine what kind of life we would have without the Lord Jesus Christ?
We Americans seem to be unsatisfied with our Christmas gifts. Returns have risen rapidly for the past decade. Last year over half of us returned one or more gifts and over one-third of total gifts were returned by January 1.
Among our heroes of the faith in Holy Scripture, one of the most overlooked and misunderstood is a lovely lady by the name of Hadassah. That was her Jewish name.
Joseph is one of the most enigmatic yet important persons in Christian history. Unlike Jesus and Mary, there are no outstanding Old Testament prophecies about him.
Chuck Colson had to go to prison to find peace with God. He was Ivy League smart (Brown University), but his intellect drew him away from the Lord. He was military grade tough (a U.S. Marine), but his heart was hardened to the gospel.
This text shows us some things, hard things, we should emulate in order to catapult our congregation from being a good church into being a gospel church, from merely enjoying one another to bringing others to Jesus Christ.
We see a lot of partnerships in the book of Acts. They include Jesus and the Apostles, Peter and John, Paul and Barnabas, Paul and Silas, and now Paul and Silas and Timothy.
God in His providence puts people together to accomplish His purposes. His purposes are to build up His church and bring more people into His church.
It should go without saying that Christians should be together for the gospel, for it is the gospel that brings us together with Christ.
Here is the story of the church growing up, the gospel gaining clarity, and the Christian life getting some boundaries. As far as the church is concerned...