"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

Would You Please Just Grow Up!?

Text: 1 Peter 2:1-3

December 31, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Christ the Exegete

Text: "No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known." - John 1:18

Christ's unique, eternal relationship with the Father means that He is the only authorized way to know God. The ramifications for this are breath-taking.

December 24, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Grace After Grace After Grace

Text: John 1:15-17

Highlighting Christ's pre-existence once again, John goes on to portray Him as the Source of Grace. Would "grace" be the word to describe your life as a Christian? Are you living in the good of what Christ accomplished for you?

December 17, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Do Modern Bible Translations Leave Some Verses Out?

17 Missing Verses in the NIV?

One of the questions out there is why are there 17 verses missing from the NIV, and were they left out for theological reasons? The answer is that while the verses references are not in the text, these verses are in the footnotes. Here is why this is true not only for the NIV but for all modern translations (other than the NKJV).

Bill Mounce explains:

December 11, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Word Became Flesh

Text: John 1:14

In the first century – many believed in the “gods” – whether we speak of Rome or of Greece… polytheism was everywhere. In Greek thinking – the spiritual is good – matter is evil. Therefore it seemed unthinkable in their minds, that God would become a man.

A heretical group known as the Docetists denied the true humanity of Christ, not on biblical grounds, but based on the culture of Greek thinking. Jesus only appeared to be a flesh-and-blood man; his body was a phantasm.

Paul dealt with this heresy constantly: Col 2.9 “In Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead BODILY.” The Apostle John also: "By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God" - 1 John 4:2. "For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh." - 2 John:7. The mystery of the Gospel is that God indeed became a man in the Person of Jesus Christ - truly God; truly man.

What does this mean for us? The answer is mysterious, dazzling and amazing!

December 10, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Christ Crucified

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Guest speaker Rob-roy Nelson preached this morning - a powerful word on "Christ crucified!"

When Paul came to Corinth there was something he didn't do; something he did do, and then he tells us why he did it. A message all need to hear.

December 03, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink