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Pentecost

What’s the big deal with the church? Why do we make such a big deal about it? Why would we celebrate Pentecost? When Paul wrote to Timothy, he used a three-fold description of the church to help emphasize that how we act in the church is important. His description also helps us understand why the church is such a big deal. He calls it God’s household. The church is where God dwells—in us. If God dwells in the church, then the church matters and how we act in the church matters. We have a responsibility to obey God’s rules. He also calls it the assembly of the living God’s people. We are a people who belong to the true and living God, not the dead gods of this world. We should act like we belong to the living God. The third description is the pillar and foundation of the truth. We are the support for the truth. If we give up truth, then the world has no hope of finding it. We must stand strong as a pillar and foundation supporting the truth in a world that denies truth. The church is vital, because it is God’s ordained organism to show Himself and His truth in this world. If we abandon the church, we lose more than just a social club. That’s why we celebrate Pentecost. We should make a big deal those things which God makes a big deal—us—the church. Read More

Standing in Christ

Every true believer has the responsibility to be an orthodox theologian and a defender of truth. Unfortunately, we often abdicate this responsibility, wrongly assuming that we are not theologians and outsourcing theology to seminary professors and pastors. This thinking makes the church vulnerable to the wolves in sheep’s clothing that Paul warned about in Acts 20. In fact, a review of just the last 150 years of American Christianity reveals numerous churches and denominations who have become prey to these theologically liberal wolves. The only way the church can stand against these heretics is for the church, itself—the people—to know orthodox theology and be ready to defend it. That is Jude’s message. He doesn’t tell pastors or seminary professors to earnestly contend for the faith. He tells the church to keep itself in the love of God. The attacks of liberal theology will never be only the stuff of history books. Heresy is constantly repackaged and dressed up so it can sneak into our hearts and our churches unnoticed. Are you willing to contend for the faith? Will you be a part of keeping us in the love of God? May God keep us from stumbling and make us stand until we enter the presence of His glory. Read More

Partnering in Christ

One of the privileges of being a part of the larger body of Christ is that we have opportunity to partner with other believers who are doing God’s work in areas where we will likely never get to go. This partnership allows us the opportunity to participate in their ministry from afar through our support. This reality elevates our responsibility in missions as we recognize that both the good and the bad that are done in our supported ministries becomes our work. John was quick to warn the church about partnering with those who are deceivers and antichrists in 2 John, but in 3 John he encourages believers to actively participate in the work of those who are faithful. The responsibility is weighty, but the joy of seeing a spiritual return on our investment far outweighs the burden. We have a great privilege to partner with many good and faithful men and women who are using our support to push the church forward all around the world. May God strengthen us to fulfill our investment faithfully, and may He bless our missionaries with continued faithfulness in the work. Read More