On the night before his crucifixion and literally hours before he would begin a sleepless ordeal of beatings, humiliation and accusation, Jesus took his precious time to give comfort to his truest followers. He spoke of what would happen, of God’s care for them and of his love and devotion to them. He taught them to serve, be humble and to live with joy. Jesus also told them how to be faithful and let them know that he - Jesus - was the key to it all. Jesus said that he is the way – what did he mean by that?
Humanity loves ritual and tradition, as they give us a sense of our roots and a sense of belonging. Christianity has its rituals, one of which is baptism. The problem is, there are many ways that different Christian groups define baptism. So, what part should baptism play in our Christian faith? Is it necessary? Should babies or adults be baptized? Does baptism actually change you, or is it a symbol of a change within you?
We believe in God. He is the Almighty Creator. But if you look around, what do you see? Watch the news and you will not only get depressed, but probably scared as well. Here in our country, several Christians were gunned down while at a Bible study.
The world is messed up. If you believe in God, then you most likely believe in some sort of ultimate justice system. The question is, what does God’s system of justice consist of – what kind of penalty? For generations, the majority of Christianity has believed in a hell of fire and torment as the answer to this question. However, there is a mountain of biblical evidence to the contrary. On this program, we will embark on Part III of our series that examines this evidence. We will look at some of the really difficult and seemingly contradictory Scriptures that talk about the condition of those who were evil in this life. Do they go to hell? Is there fire and torment in hell?
A few weeks ago, we began to talk about how God communicates to us in our day. We began by looking at the biblical history of God and humanity and really spent most of our time talking about how He does NOT communicate with us now. This week we will focus on what we believe to be the provable and scriptural ways in which God Almighty DOES communicate to us as His Christian children here in the 21st century.
Several weeks ago we began to talk about the destiny of sinners as described in the Bible. In Part I of our series, we looked at the biblical phrase “weeping and gnashing of teeth” - who it applied to and when. We found out that it really has nothing at all to do with any kind of eternal punishment. In Part II, we look at an even more pointed biblical phrase – “Hellfire.” Where does it come from, how is it used and is it referring to eternal torment and torture? Stay with us!
The Bible is not only an ancient book, it is also an incredibly unique book, for it was written over a period of about 1,500 years by many authors and in several languages. It covers history and prophecy, moral and legal guidance, family counsel, spiritual enlightenment and a firm pathway to finding and appreciating the God and Creator of the Universe and His Plan. The Bible – a book made up of 66 books. So, how do we know that the collection of writings we have is the correct collection? How do we know if we are omitting some “books” that should belong while including others that shouldn’t belong? Who made these decisions? Answers and understanding coming right up!
We as Christians say that God is love – and that is true. But what does that really mean? Who does God love and how do we know? Sometimes the answer to that question is difficult to see as we live in a world of sin and sadness. We must remember that God’s love is expressed through His word, and His word, though veiled at times, is still His Word and God is as good as His word, for He is a promise-keeping God. God has made promises to us – big promises! What are they and who do they apply to?
It is a pretty simple equation: You love God, you pray to Him, obey Him and serve Him and in return we as humans look for some kind of indication of His love and acceptance. We want to – we need to - hear from God in some way or other. So, how does He speak to us today in the 21st century? Is it through our dreams? Do we have visions? Is it through experiences? How about communicating through other people? Does God speak to us through His ancient word, the Bible? All of the above? Some of the above?
Christianity is all about salvation in Christ Jesus, but it is also about judgment and accountability for wrongdoing. All Christians believe that Jesus clearly addressed both the salvation and judgment, but we are widely divided on what he meant by his words. Did Jesus teach that all who do not accept him are doomed to eternity in the ravaging and torturous fires of an ever burning hell or did Jesus teach that the ultimate consequence for those who do not either now or later accept him is eternal death?