Have you ever noticed how so many of the letters in the New Testament end in similar ways? The writers sign off with concern for the spiritual welfare and salvation of others. And more — they urge their readers to act and speak so that others be saved.
James ends his practical letter with a practical, soul-winning exhortation, James 5.19-20.
My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone turns him back, he should know that the one who turns a sinner back from his wandering path will save that person’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
So does Jude, in some verses hard to sort through, but the general idea is clear, vv. 22-23. Continue reading “Last words as saving words”
Fact: The word “church” or “congregation” (the Greek term: ekklesia) does not appear in 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament.
It is missing in these books: Continue reading “That missing word, church”
Many false doctrines are a result of misunderstanding covenants. The improper use of the Word has eternal consequences (Galatians 1:8-9), so it’s imperative that we properly divide the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15).
God established a covenant with Israel after Egyptian bondage (Exodus 19:1-6). If they would be faithful, God would care for them with great gentleness (Exodus 19:7-8). Continue reading “No longer under the Law of Moses”
In any construction, special attention is given to the foundation, for if it is not well done, the entire structure will be compromised. The same is true in spiritual terms. The church of God is built upon a foundation that received special attention. Continue reading “Apostles and prophets: Foundational, instructional, spiritual”
Before something can be enumerated, its existence must first be established. Continue reading Does the New Testament Contain a Pattern? (3)
What kind of worship does God desire? We must know what Scripture says so we can be pleasing to God (John 14:15).
We must have Scriptural authority for all that we do in worship (Colossians 3:17). Jesus said that we “must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24, NKJV). Therefore, our worship must seek to make a spiritual connection with God and be as he has authorized.
Scripture is explicit in its warnings not to tamper with the purity of the word of God. Paul wrote that we must not “think beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). Likewise, we are warned not to take away from or add to the word of God (Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19). Continue reading “What is Our Authority in Worship?”