Of what value is a person? Is a human (old or young) of any greater or special value compared to a dog, or a whale, or a baby seal? And is that value simply arbitrary, bestowed (or removed) according to our whims, or is there a more lasting and a greater source for the value and worth of mankind?
So much ink has been spilled, so many churches have been split, and so much confusion has come from how Christians are to interpret the verses of this text. Perhaps a way through can be found when we learn to stand clearly and firmly where Scripture is clear – and to rest faithfully and peacefully in the sufficiency of God’s word in areas that are not clear.
The Bible starts out with a radical and a controversial statement: God Is. And truth of that claim, whether or not it can be trusted and He can be known, makes all of the difference – in our lives and in this world.
Christ, who deserved all glory already, became a man to humbly serve and suffer for a rebellious people – in order to win us back to Himself. He was not what people expected out of their Messiah…but He was exactly what we need!
Christmas can be a difficult season for many, and life itself can be full of pain and frustration. One of the amazing realities of Scripture is how God invites us and welcomes us in our struggles – and carries them Himself.
This advent season, we will focus on five songs in Isaiah that speak of what Christ would come to do – and how He would come to do it. In today’s passage, God invites us to “Behold my Servant.” Through this entire season, may that be the result – that we would behold Jesus more and more!
Hebrews 13 contains some surprising language and commands for the church regarding her leaders; statements that fly in the face of much of what is accustomed and assumed in the modern, evangelical church. But God’s wisdom shines through in this text, for His teaching her is a key part of His design for what the church is to be and how she is to be healthy in Him.
God has given pastors and elders to lead the church (Ephesians 4:11-16). But this leadership must never be for their own agenda or glory. The church must pray for and expect leaders who put the focus on God’s word and His plan, and who are themselves examples of the sufficiency and power of His grace through and to fallen people.
What do we do with our money in the church? How much should we give? How do we know what is the right amount? Or, are those perhaps not the right questions at all….could there be an entirely different way to think about the subject of stewardship in the church?
In the church, we are to be a place and a people through which others come to know Jesus Christ better. It sounds gloriousâ€¦and it is so hard when the people around us are so difficult! What does it mean to be a member of a church full of fallen and broken people? Is membership worth it, when it is so difficult to really be connected and invested with each other?