Why do some people want to become Christians and others do not? What role does God play in shaping our desire to be saved? Could I be saved if God did not want me to? Could I be saved if God did not help me? God has, from eternity, known those who … Continue reading The Preparation for and Application of Salvation
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com You are probably like me. We feel overwhelmed. We don’t really know which direction to go. We aren’t sure what to do next. Maybe, something as simple as finding a place for lunch can trigger our anxiety. American wealth has provided the miserable cloud of a thousand options which … Continue reading Feeling Lost?: Finding Our Focus in God’s Purpose
Photo by Garon Piceli on Pexels.com Who did that? Parents are all too familiar with that question. Who broke the cup? Who did not do the dishes? Who hid their dinner under the plants? We struggle with this question in our relationship with God as well. Two theological extremes exist. One says that God is … Continue reading Who Did That?
Why does the Christian religion depend on Jesus’ resurrection? How could we prove the resurrection of Jesus? Did the Old Testament give us any reason to hope for Jesus’ resurrection? In the resurrection of Jesus, the doctrines of “God’s character and purposes, creation, humanity as the covenant servant, and Christ as Lord and Servant—converge.” … Continue reading The Doctrine of the Resurrection
Photo by Public Domain Pictures on Pexels.com If you have ever worried about your self-worth, remember that God made you and that he made the universe so you could live, flourish, and see his glory so that you could love Him and know you are loved by Him. Our Creator is a personal God. Furthermore, … Continue reading He Loved Us so He Made Us
How can we describe all that Jesus has done? This seems like an impossible task, but the munus triplex has been a helpful way of summarizing all that Jesus has done. The munus triplex refers to Jesus’ work as Prophet, Priest, and King. The Old Testament sets up these Messianic expectations for the Messiah … Continue reading Munus Triplex: Jesus is the Prophet, Priest and King
Photo by Ryan Delfin on Pexels.com ATONEMENT “Christ died for our sins” (Romans 4:25) “How has Christ abolished sin, banished the separation between us and God, and acquired righteousness to render God favorable and kindly toward us?” Jonathan Edwards said, “God abundantly testified by the sacrifices, from the beginning of the world, that an … Continue reading What is the Atonement?
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com How does God have relationships with mankind? All relationships are built around individuals who have some sort of an agreement about what that relationship will look like. As we look to our relationship with God, we understand that there is an understanding of what that relationship should look like … Continue reading Covenants
“I open at the close” was inscribed on the golden snitch Professor Dumbledore gave to Harry Potter. As Harry concluded that everything would open up at the end, with his sacrifice imminent, he welcomed what would come through the expectation of what would come later. In as similar way, the Bible opens at the … Continue reading “I Open At the Close”: A Brief Introduction to the Book of Revelation
Photo by Markus Spiske temporausch.com on Pexels.com God is one (Deut. 6:4), yet there are three divine persons (Matt. 28:19-20; Jn. 1:1). The reality of the Trinity is demonstrated clearly when Jesus was baptized (Matt. 3:13-17). Jesus was in the water, the Father spoke from Heaven, and the Spirit descended as a dove to rest … Continue reading Triunity and Togetherness