People are aware of the idea of heaven: most people think of it as a place where they will go when they die. There are many ideas out there about the relationship between heaven and the afterlife: what do the Scriptures say?
The question of what happens to us after we die has haunted mankind for millennia. Most recognize that there will be some sort of life after death. But what does life after death look like according to what God has made known in Scripture?
For many, life is all about the here and now: the most recent news cycle, the belief that the present is superior to the past, and how this life is all there is to existence. The world lives by this ethic and acts accordingly. It cannot be so among the people of God.
Everyone has heard of sin. Most people recognize they’re guilty of sin. But is it a big deal? Is it just a way of making people feel bad about themselves? Or is sin really a major problem?
Blessed are the poor? Turn the other cheek? Love your enemies? Suffer without responding in kind? To the world, the life God expects Christians to live is sheer foolishness. But to those who are being saved it is the power of God.
If there’s any guarantee in life, this is it: dead people stay dead. Yet Christians proclaim Jesus of Nazareth as the Crucified but Risen Christ. The world has always found that claim ridiculous and foolish; but for Christians it is the anchor and hope of life which changes everything.
“The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent: inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, We will hear thee concerning this yet again (Acts 17:30-32).
God is one in relational unity and seeks unity with man His creation. But sin and death separated us from God. We couldn’t solve that problem; thanks be to God for the ONE Man who could.
Christians came together on the first day of the week to break bread. The Lord’s Supper defines our gathering; it also exemplifies it. Let us consider the importance of the Lord’s Supper in the assembly.
Jesus of Nazareth had entered Jerusalem in triumph. Within a week He was betrayed, tried, and executed. How could this be if he were the Christ, the Son of the Living God? Why did Jesus die?
Human sexuality was created good and can be a beautiful thing. So how can it be that sexuality has been so distorted and perverted in the world?