Why the Church Is Vitally Important for Every Christian



This post by Stephen J. Nichols is adapted from the ESV Student Study Bible.

What Does the Bible Have to Say about the Church?

Mention the church to a group of Christians and you are likely to get a mixed response. Some might say that, while they do love Jesus, they don’t love the church. Others might respond, “Of course we love the church.”

God has ordained the church, a fellowship of the flawed, to carry out his purpose and will in the world. When we consider the biblical teaching on the church, we realize the church is vitally important for growing in Christ. Like a branch that grows because of its connection to the tree, we thrive when we stay connected to the church.

To explore this issue, it is necessary to consider what the Bible says about the church.

The Church in the Bible: Old Testament Life and Worship

Read on: https://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/why-the-church-is-vitally-important-for-every-christian/

How Big is Your God?


Sam Storms posts on Scott Christensen’s, What About Free Will? Reconciling our Choices with God’s Sovereignty (P&R, 284pp.). In Chapter Three, titled, “How Big is Your God?” Christensen describes God’s sovereignty in these terms:

When the Bible unfolds God’s supreme control it speaks of a glorious choreographer who causally determines the course of history in a way that is not conditioned by anything his creation or creatures do. Rather the whole panorama of the cosmos is entirely dependent upon his meticulous guidance. His foreordination of all things was forever settled before the foundations of the earth were laid and nothing can change this fact. He neither established his plan by consulting the future choices of his creatures nor does he alter it by considering what they have already done.

Continue: https://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/how-big-is-your-god/

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The Ten Pleasures

David Murray:

The Ten Commandments are framed mainly in the negative: “Thou shalt not.” But each negative also implies a positive, and each prohibition of vice enjoins a pleasure in virtue. So, here’s my attempt to re-frame the 10 commandments as 10 pleasures to pursue.

1. Enjoy the pleasure of knowing, worshipping and serving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

The rest are at: https://pjcockrell.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/the-ten-pleasures/

The Book of Revelation Is Not Just about the Future