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The Christian’s Motivation for Serving God

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 in Discipleship, Humility, Jesus, teachings of, Priorities, Spiritual Formation | 2 comments

by Charlie Bing – Why do Christians serve God? Why should Christians live a godly life? At one time or another most believers have probably questioned their motives for service and godly living. The purpose of this study is to explore motivations for Christian service and godly living by looking at biblical data. The study will focus chiefly on the Christian’s motivation for serving and actively living for God because there are less discernible passive forms of doing God’s will (abstaining from evil for example). But to press forward in godly disciplines and to serve God sacrificially calls for effective motivations. One can not really separate godly living from godly service. Christian service is the subject of this study because serious questions about motivation come when confronted with the demands and sacrifices required by it. Such service includes any ministry, be...

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Cut-and-Paste Theology

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 in Bible, Discipleship, Theology | 2 comments

by Daniel Goepfrich – I am conversing with a person via email right now who has a bad case (maybe even a fatal case) of what I call “Cut-and-Paste Theology.” In a previous post, I gave two reasons for why studying biblical theology is necessary: because you learn what God says about himself, and because it is God’s will for every Christian. Let me give you a third one: a biblical theology saves you from a cut-and-paste theology. What is “Cut-and-Paste Theology?” In Bible college, we called it “proof-texting” – finding the Scripture passages that supported your belief and made you seem to be correct. The internet has made this so much easier. A quick search can provide us with thousands of websites dedicated to various factions of just plain bad theology. Armed with those, we can, like my email...

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Don’t Let Your Heart Be Troubled

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 in Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Discipleship, Hope | 0 comments

by Leon Johnson – Let’s consider John 14:1-11. In the TV game Jeopardy, you guess letters until you can guess the word or phrase, they give you a hint to get you started.  One of those hints is “before and after.” Verse 1 of Chapter 14 is like that.  It goes with what was said before and it goes with what is being said after it.  Let’s look at 13:33: 33 “Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You shall seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, I now say to you also, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples,...

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The Case for Truth

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in Bible, Discipleship, Jesus, teachings of, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation | 0 comments

by Arnfield P. Cudal – The words of Pilate, “What is truth?” (cf. John 18:38) reverberate on today in various forms:  “That’s your truth, I have mine. Who are you to judge?” “Truth is what you believe it to be,” and again, “While that may be true for you, it’s not true for me.” Such notions carry serious implications into the Christian’s faith and practice. At stake is what to believe and how to act on that belief. Yet some are not sure what to believe or what they want to believe; they do not know the truth. A Barna Group study on religious trends highlighted a reason… American Christians are biblically illiterate… most of them contend that the Bible contains truth and is worth knowing, and most of them argue that they know all of the relevant truths...

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Are Disciples Born or Made?

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 in Discipleship, Spiritual Formation | 0 comments

by Charlie Bing – Is every Christian a disciple or are the conditions for discipleship different from the condition for eternal salvation? It makes a difference if you want to keep the gospel clear! Is a disciple merely another name for a person who is born into God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ, or is a disciple a believer who meets specific conditions about following Jesus? Knowing the answer to this question is crucial to understanding the gospel of grace and the Christian life. The Meaning of Disciple The word disciple comes from the Greek verb mathe„teuo„ (and noun mathete„s), which means to be or become a pupil or learner. So the essential meaning of disciple is a learner, which could also be called a follower or an apprentice. In ancient culture, a person would follow a master teacher or craftsman in order to become like him (Matt 10:25; Luke...

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Finding and Following God’s Will, Part 2

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Gifts | 0 comments

by Steve Spurlin – In my last post I began putting forth my understanding of and belief in the idea that the sign gifts of the first century have ceased in this dispensation, a belief known as cessationism.  This belief includes the understanding that the canon of Scripture is complete and closed.  I ended my last post with my presuppositions, which include the following:   The God of the Bible exists and is knowable He has spoken The Bible is the record of His speaking In speaking He has revealed His will Since He has revealed His will He must desire that we know it Since He desires that we know His will His message must be comprehensible (He is God after all) Therefore, we can know His will His will is found in Scripture In this post I...

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