Sunday Collectives 8/01/16 – 8/07/16
There really is only one reply to this. “We are not deserving of grace, plain and simple!” No amount of effort, focus on obedience, focus on our holiness and focus on anything we might think we can do will ever qualify us to receive grace. How about this for a mind blowing concept; we already are as qualified, as we can be. Not only to receive grace, but to receive the inheritance
By Chad West
We Christians want to change the world.
We feel as though it’s our calling, nay, our right to give this butt-ugly planet a makeover with our sterling religious principles. And I don’t disagree that the world is a mess. It’s an entire bottle of grape juice on an expensive white couch in your boss’s house. Your ex-boyfriend calling because he wants his Zeppelin album back when the serial killer is just about to walk past you unawares. A disaster of tremendous proportion with terrible consequences.
There is not a man or woman on the planet who has not received some portion of God’s Law. Some hear it from the pulpit. Some read it from the Bible. All have parts of it written on their heart. Consciously or unconsciously, all men know much of the morality expected by God.
By Jessica Dixon
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Are you searching for something or should I say a feeling that you know will make you feel whole or complete?
The Pharisees were not chastised by Jesus for their devotion and admiration of chasing the ceremonial laws, or what they perceived as the Mosaic law. They were chastised for making it about their obedience, what they were doing, for looking down on others who were not doing what they themselves were doing, including Christ and for keeping others from seeing Christ as the Messiah.
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.