We know every Christian wants to go to heaven. The real question is, does every Christian know what is required to get there? Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
We frequently hear that Jesus' death changed the course of history, but what specifically did his death DO for mankind? Did it have multiple purposes? Why doesn't anything seem to be getting better? Want more in-depth answers and Bible study? Check out Episode 911: "What is the Legacy of Jesus' Death and Resurrection?" for more Scriptures and details on this topic.
As Christians we believe that we have been given the answer for the major dilemma of life – sin and ultimately death. We believe that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus put back in balance what Adam’s sin originally put out of balance. The problem is this: We as Christians cannot agree as to whom to apply that sacrifice. Is it for all - every man and woman who ever lived, or is it for only the few who have ever followed after Jesus? Stay with us as we take an honest and scriptural look at the question!
We all know what it is like to be wronged, and we all know what it is like to do wrong to someone else. We also have all probably experienced being accused of or assumed to have done wrong when in fact we are entirely innocent - in that circumstance anyway… Is it right or just to ask for forgiveness when we are not in the wrong? What are the guidelines of this whole forgiveness thing anyway?
Everybody sins, and anybody who cares about the fact that they sin asks for forgiveness. What does forgiveness mean? Is the way we forgive each other different than the way God and Jesus forgive? Are there sins that are NOT forgivable? What are they? How do we avoid them? What about being the person who SHOULD forgive, but perhaps does not want to forgive? Is forgiveness more of an emotional experience or more of an intellectual one? For such a common subject, forgiveness sure does evoke a lot of questions! Stay with us as we look into forgiveness, the Bible, our culture, and our experiences.
For Christians, the concept of salvation is one of the most prominent and necessary beliefs that we hold. Its necessity cannot be understated, for without it, we truly would be lost and miserable. One of the key questions regarding salvation is, who participates? Do you have to be a member of a particular denomination? Do you have to be a member of a particular church? Do you have to be just a Christian? Not even a Christian? We will look into this all important biblical teaching and attempt to ask the tough questions, looking for the best scriptural answers that we can find. Who gets saved?
You would think that the formula would be simple – wake up one day and realize that your life needs spiritual guidance, pray a little and then step back and let Jesus come into your life so that all of your issues will now become molehills instead of mountains. Oops! It’s not so fast, not so easy, and not so simplistic! Finding Jesus – I mean really finding out who he is - what he is all about and how he can truly take root in your life as a life-giving source - is a process that requires much more thought, testing, faith and prayer. Further, it is never really the same for any two people. Stay with us as we investigate investigating Jesus!
I think that one of the danger areas as Christians is that of complacency. We can easily get into the frame of mind that says: we know God and Jesus, so it’s all good! Is it? What if you don’t believe in God – does God believe in you? What if you have doubts about God – does God have doubts about you? What if you are absolutely sure that you do not and will not ever need God? Will God ever need you? What if you are Hindu or a Buddhist? Does God have any use for you? What do we think? Are we just happy that we know God? DO we really know God? Are we more important than those others we just mentioned? Does God even need us?