When a local church ministers to all three aspects within an individual (their spirit, soul, and body), it can make the difference between a relatively stagnant church and one that is making a fruitful impact for Christ in their community. The results can be seen in people being saved, growth of the church body, and spiritual growth in its individual members.
Jesus was born in the land of Israel and raised by a Jewish family. He was brought up in a Jewish heritage with its practices and customs. Accordingly, there are numerous blessing to be found by studying Jewish history and culture. This can provide additional insights into accounts from Scripture. […]
What is known as Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem while the crowd praised His worthiness, occurred on Israel’s “lamb selection day.” God was working His plan for the salvation of man, even though the crowd was oblivious to what was right in front of them. That is, the true fulfillment of the Passover Lamb was in Jesus of Nazareth.
In Acts 4:23-31, the account is recorded of a church praying together and, after they prayed, “the place where they were meeting was shaken.” God visually showed His approval of their prayer. In this study, powerful prayer principles are extracted from their example that can more attune your heart with God and, consequently, enhance your prayer life.
We are called to share the gospel, to become “fishers of men.” But it can be quite intimating, sometimes even fearful, to share the message of salvation through Jesus. In this study from Acts 4:1-13, we see Peter and John standing up for Jesus, regardless of their fear.
It’s important to accept the biblical account of creation in six days as truth. First, to discount the record of creation in Genesis is to challenge the inerrancy of God’s Word. Next, to doubt the earth was created in six days will corrode your confidence that when Christ returns, all in Christ will be changed in the “twinkling” of an eye. And, the Bible tells us that this present creation will pass away and God will immediately create new heavens and a new earth. Those things will be instantaneous. So, your belief about the beginning of days directly corresponds to your assurance for the end of days.
Job lived before any of the 66 books of the Bible had been written. Even so, Job had some insight into how God would provide for man’s salvation. Job knew God’s salvation would come through One who was worthy to intercede between God and man. Job knew this man would be a Redeemer, provided by God, and would be put up as security to save man.
Our local church should be a house of prayer, praise, and invitation; where the lost are openly welcomed to hear the gospel of Christ and experience His life-giving salvation and life-sustaining love. Learn more in this study from Matthew 21:12-16.