Monday, April 27, 2015

Basics: Who is Jesus?

Though we often think of Jesus as
being tall, thin, and fair, it's
likely that He looked a lot
like this. You can't believe
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Let’s talk about Jesus ChristWho is He? You might think the answer is simple. You might be wrong.

Jesus is currently sitting at the right hand of God the Father, seated on His throne, exalted above the angels, upholding all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:1-4). He is the Head of the Church and has first place in everything (Colossians 1:18). He has always existed as God of the universe (John 1:1-2).

It’s likely that you’ve heard blasphemous things about Him. You may have heard that Jesus is just a good teacher. Maybe you were told that He came into existence by God’s power before receiving godhood status. Perhaps you’ve been taught that Christ is the brother of mankind who gave men the perfect example to live by, that they may be exalted just like Him in the afterlife.

Let’s scratch all that out of your mind.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Basics: Who is God the Father?

Let’s talk about God. Who is He? You might think the answer is simple. You might be wrong.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What's so Good about Friday?

I've heard the question asked more than once: "If Jesus died on Friday, why do we call it Good Friday?"

It's an important question. It's a question that demands an answer.

Here's the truth: Jesus' death is a good thing. It seems counterintuitive -- or perhaps blasphemous. It seems like something a person who hates Jesus would say. But the Bible is clear that Jesus dying on the cross is a reason to celebrate. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Understand Your Fellow Man: The Imago Dei and worth of man

Biblical basis for the image of God

With [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, 
who have been made in the likeness of God.
James 3:9

Man was created to glorify God through obedience to Him.

This can be known, of course, by reading the first two chapters of the Bible (Genesis 1-2). God created man out of the dust of the ground and breathed life into his being (2:7). Man was made in the image of the Godhead (1:26-27). He was able to hear from God (1:29-30, 2:16-17) and respond. The Imago Dei captures this concept. It is Latin for "image of God" and it means that all men have been made in the expressed image of their Creator.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Understand Your Fellow Man: Enjoying and enduring

For [God] makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good,
and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
Matthew 5:45a

In the midst of perhaps the most famous monologue in all of history, Jesus delivers the truth above to the crowd that was listening to His Sermon on the Mount. The heading in most Bibles will say, "Love Your Enemies" above this section (verses 43-48), as this passage contains one of Christ's most famous expressions, that exact phrase: Love your enemies (v. 44).