Sunday Collectives 1/9/16 – 1/15/16
The word or term salvation is taken from a Greek word which means “deliverance,” “preservation,” and “safety.” To understand what takes place when we are saved, it is necessary, unfortunately, to use some “churchy” terms or words. Contrary to popular opinion the big words of faith really are important.
In certain teachings of our faith, scripture or grace it is hard to fully explain truth without such words.
While in physical therapy for compressed discs in my neck, the therapist reminded me to make a conscious effort to keep my stomach muscles tight. Those muscles are core and vital to many common movements, such as lifting, twisting, reaching, and bending. A weak core causes problems with posture, back and neck pain, and other health-related issues.
This made me wonder if my spiritual core is strong. Spiritual core muscles are strengthened by spending time with God, reading and remembering His truth. My spiritual muscles won’t be strengthened without a conscious effort.
Theology is broken into two greek words, theos (God) and logos (Word). So then basically theology is the study of a “word about God” or God’s Word or God. You cannot separate the two. Many today will decry the study of doctrine or forming a belief system or knowledge about what and why one believes what they believe about God’s Word.
Claiming all you need are the red letters, or love, or the Bible is forgetting some important truths. Those same red letters, that same Bible says that because of love we should “be aware of false teachers.
By Wendy Alsup
As I was reading from the book of Luke this morning, a phrase in the middle of the story of Jesus calming the waters struck me, “he fell asleep.”
Luke 8 22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”
Why are some interested in the Bible while others belittle it? Why are some moved by the Gospel while others mock it? In response to Jesus, why did many give up their lives while many more sought to take the life of Jesus? Why has God chosen to show sovereign grace to some while leaving others under the influence of their depraved free will? I do not know. I have no answer. But I cannot help giving thanks.
Are you feeling incredible guilt and sorrow? Are you waking up this morning asking the question, “Oh my God, what have I done?” How have you turned your back and disobeyed the one who loves you so much? Have you fallen farther than you imagined possible? In the moment of trial, have you betrayed him like Judas? Despite all the blessings Christ has given to you, have you responded like Peter and the Eleven on the night of his arrest? Worse yet, are you and ordained elder or deacon charged with leading other men and women?