Posts with the tag “christian-living”
A Daily Prayer
by Josiah Smith on July 26th, 2020
**This is an excerpt from Interim Pastor Dave's sermon on Colossians 4:2-6 entitled, "The Essential Weapon in Evangelism: Prayer." May it enrich and bless your prayer life, as you seek to devote yourself faithfully to prayer! Pray this out loud. You'll be encouraged by hearing your own voice as you worship! Lord, I choose to worship and serve you today. I come into the presence of the Father, of J...
Theology Matters: The Fruits of Good Theology, Part 4
by Tom Bastress on July 13th, 2020
Over the course of the last four articles, we have examined why good theology matters. Good theology matters because it provides a true knowledge and understanding of God, his creation, and his plans for us. Good theology matters because it allows us to apply Scripture to all areas of our lives. Good theology matters because it provides certainty, grounding, and hope in our uncertain times. Good t...
Theology Matters: The Fruits of Good Theology, Part 3
by Tom Bastress on June 30th, 2020
Why does theology matter? Over the course of the last three articles, we have argued that theology matters because everyone is a theologian. Everyone, even an atheist, has a particular understanding and knowledge about God. This knowledge not only determines what we believe about God, his creation, and his plans for us, but it also determines how we worship God. For this reason, A.W. Tozer writes ...
"And who is my neighbor?" Reflections on the Gospel and Racial Reconciliation
by Tom Bastress on June 18th, 2020
I recently preached a sermon from Luke 10:25–37. This is the familiar encounter Jesus has with an expert in the Mosaic law that leads to the Good Samaritan parable. The first part of this passage addresses the lawyer’s first question, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” The second part addresses the lawyer’s second question, “And who is my neighbor?” In the first part of the passage (Luke 1...
Theology Matters: The Fruits of Good Theology, Part 2
by Tom Bastress on June 8th, 2020
Good theology matters. Theology matters because it teaches us about God and applies Scripture to all areas of our lives. Theology anchors our souls to the firm foundation of God’s Word, and it produces spiritual fruit in our lives. In our last article, we examined two specific fruits that come from good theology. Based on a study of Moses’ encounter with God in Exodus 34, we saw first that good th...
Racism: A Direct Attack on the Gospel
by Josiah Smith on June 4th, 2020
"I can't breath." These were the last words of an African American man, a fellow image-bearer of God, before he was killed at the hands of Minnesota police officers. His name was George Floyd. Since his death, the world has erupted into chaos. Peaceful protests quickly turned into deadly and violent riots. Store owners have lost their livelihood. Innocent people have been injured. Some have even l...
Theology Matters: The Fruits of Good Theology, Part 1
by Tom Bastress on June 1st, 2020
Theology not only teaches us about God, but it also applies Scripture to all areas of our lives. As a result, theology provides certainty, grounding, and hope in our uncertain times.
Theology Matters: "Why Good Theology Matters"
by Tom Bastress on May 18th, 2020
During this time of physical, emotional, and social uncertainty, we can benefit from the certain truths found in God’s Word. These biblical truths form the foundation of what we know about God, his creation, and his plans for us. When we speak about our knowledge or understanding about God, we are referring to our theology. philosopher, once wrote, “the...
The Longing for Something Better
by Josiah Smith on May 14th, 2020
COVID-19, if anything, serves to show us a contemporary representation of what we should already know to be true. This world is not what it should be.
A Christian's Response to Coronavirus
by Josiah Smith on April 28th, 2020
As Christians, it is all-too-easy to "forget our training" when put in positions that challenge us in ways that may be uncomfortable. However, let's be unmistakably clear, God cares about how you respond in the midst of this crisis.