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Is There a “Dispensational” Approach to the Sermon on the Mount?

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 in Eschatology, Jesus, teachings of | 4 comments

by Jerry Hullinger – There is a general misconception among non-dispensational scholars that there is but one dispensational approach, namely, the Kingdom approach to the Sermon on the Mount. Moreover, this lone option is often misrepresented as well. Since dispensationalists believe the following: 1.            Jesus offered the Davidic Kingdom to Israel at his first coming 2.            Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount during the time of this offer And 3.            Israel rejected the kingdom offer by rejecting the Messiah Then 4.            The Sermon on the Mount has no application today Observe the three following citations: At the other extreme [the first extreme being Tolstoi and the Christian Marxists] is the earlier American Dispensationalism which relegated the Sermon to the millennial Kingdom, leaving a historical dichotomy between the present and the future…”[1] Some teach a dispensational view of the...

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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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The Temptations of Obscurity: A Christmas Example

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 in Humility, Jesus, teachings of | 0 comments

by Jeff Heslop – God has designed many testings in the Christian life.  By these testings, God means to build the character of the believer into a greater likeness of Christ.  One of these testings is obscurity.  By obscurity I mean a lack of appreciation in one’s own Christian work.  The Christian who labors hard for the sake of Christ and yet appears to receive little appreciation or recognition may become discouraged or even bitter.  This testing plays on the human frailty that seeks personal significance.  And many seem to fail the test. Dr. C.I. Scofield described this testing, along with two others, when he wrote an assessment of D.L. Moody as an evangelist.  D.L. Moody was born Feb 5, 1837, born again in 1856, and died on Dec 22, 1899.  Some consider him the greatest evangelist of the...

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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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Why Are There Four Gospels? Part 3

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 in Bible, History, Jesus, teachings of | 0 comments

by Henry Vosburgh – The second reason is to reveal an entire presentation of Jesus to all humanity. Four Gospels by four unique writers with four target audiences – it only follows that there would be a four-fold presentation of Jesus Christ in order to reveal the whole story about him to all men. Such is most certainly the case. The Gospel of Matthew: The presentation. With Matthew having his primary audience as the Jewish people, he would naturally want them to understand the presentation of Jesus that would truly compel them to believe on him unto salvation. What the Jews would need is to be convinced that Jesus was indeed the Rabbi, Messiah, and King that he claimed to be. This was particularly difficult for them to do; being involved in the crucifixion of Jesus and the persecution...

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Why Are There Four Gospels? Part 1

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 in Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Diversity, Gospel, History, Jesus, teachings of | 0 comments

by Henry Vosburgh – Asking a person to explain the elements of the phrase “Gospel of Jesus Christ” would likely yield a variety of answers, from the “biblically correct” to the “nice effort” to the “not even close.” So let’s assume that the question is posed to someone who is unclear about the content. In providing an answer, a proper reply would explain that there is one correct answer; yet if it is properly given, the answer must have two explanations – one where “Gospel” is narrowed to its essence, and one where “Gospel” is expanded to its fullest expression. To speak of the Gospel of Jesus Christ narrowed to its essence, one needs only a simple recitation of the verses spoken by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJV) … “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the...

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