We have often heard it said that "timing is everything". This is true in Christ's time, in our time, and throughout the fulfillment of prophecy. Why are certain events appropriate only at certain times? What kind of action is required of us at this time?
Through Christ’s death, we can obtain forgiveness of our past sins. But this does not give us the guarantee nor the strength, not to sin again. Still, we are commanded to overcome and to conquer sin on a continuous basis. How is this possible? What is the meaning of the Days of Unleavened Bread for us today? How are they related to freedom from sin? And how are they to be kept?
The problem with people not getting on together with others is not a new one – in fact such problems are as old as the hills. Here are some Biblical examples just to confirm the historical nature of these difficulties and also that they can happen within the church. We’ve got to pull together, as the people of God, not pull apart. With the Passover coming up, this is an area that needs very close attention.
Why did Jesus speak in parables? What did He want to convey? They were not meant to give understanding to the multitudes of people; and even Godís disciples misunderstand sometimes what Christ really said and meant. In this sermon, we will take a fresh look at the most crucial and important parables in the book of Matthew.
The Bible mentions several times that we are not to add or take away from what is written. What is God referring to?
Some have a totally wrong concept of God and view Him as an impersonal ďSomethingĒ without form and shape. That is not the God of the Bible! God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are a Family, and the members of the God Family are described as personalities, who have feelings, emotions, joy and humor. This sermon gives you examples of the often-overlooked humorous aspects of Godís nature.
We are admonished to examine ourselves to make sure that we are in the faith and walk worthy of the gospel of the Kingdom of God. But are we the victims of self-deception, thinking we are doing fine, while we are not?
Are Christís injunctions in the Sermon on the Mount to be applied literally? Are these practical commandments, showing us how we are to live? Are we really to do good to our enemies and to help them, when they are in need? Should we really refuse to fight in war against them and to kill them? Are there any practical biblical examples which explain Christís Words more fully? Didnít Christ Himself resort to violence, and didnít He bring a sword?
The life we live is a crucible. And a crucible is a very hot place. This is where we separate the good from the bad. This is where the slag is skimmed away. This is where we expunge everything that is not Godly, so that we may become pure, just as God is pure.
What does being together in the Church of God have to do with our future? Does being together really matter? Isn't it just as expedient for us if we simply make sure we are "keeping the faith" on our own terms and with those people we like to be around?
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden."-Matthew 5:14