These gifts are used by the Holy Spirit for the edification and glorification of Christ and the Father. While many denominations agree with the Holy Spirit as a teacher, they do not agree on the doctrine of the gifts of the Spirit. Many denominations argue that the spiritual gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 are no longer available to the modern church and died out with the first century believers. However, the text does not say that these gifts would only be available to the current generation. Many argue that the spiritual gifts create disunity.
In The Pursuit of Holiness the author, Jerry Bridges, shows the Christian what it looks like to be truly holy. Holiness is to live a life of conformity to God’s will. Holiness is a joint effort between God and his people, it is not something God just gives us when we accept him into our lives. Many times Christians neglect the responsibility we have of moving towards God and pursuing holiness. Holiness is not something that is fully attainable, it is a constant pursuit to be like God.
Some Christians have lost touch with Jesus Christ. Other individuals have never had an experience with Him, nor do they care to have an experience with Him. It is time for Christians to rise up, and take back what we have allowed the devil to steal from us, in this instance, we are fighting that the Christian faith does not die in modern times. A revival needs to take place in all of the
I must admit that I have never been a prodigious reader of Paul. My initial understanding of Paul is that everything points to the cross and therefore away from the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. I have always felt that his proclamation of “Christ crucified” ignored the inclusion of the sayings and works of Jesus prior to his death and resurrection, and because of this, Jesus’ sayings were relegated to second place over and above Paul’s own theological vision. Prior to studying Paul, I believed that his main message to his Christian communities about salvation in Christ was essentially about a belief that through the cross and the vindication of the resurrection, Jesus was the rightful Messiah of Israel; one just simply needed to believe in this idea to be justified. Contrary to this idea, I have always leaned heavily on the book of James (James 2:14-26).
Preaching is God’s holy inspired word, delivered through the preacher himself, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. One asks, how can it be said that a word is God’s lest it be spoken by God himself. It is important that proclaimers understand that it is God who is in action and not ourselves. Many times, so call preachers approach the sacred desk and begin to proclaim words of themselves that are not inspired by God. Preaching that is done for oneself is flat and meaningless.
One question that Christians have dealt with for centuries concerns the purpose of the Holy Spirit. Is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit relevant for Christians in our current culture? Or is the Holy Spirit just a nonessential addition to the Christian life? Kind of like the appendix in the human body; we’re not sure what it is there for, but everyone has one. This has been the sentiment for the Holy Spirits purpose in the life of the Believer.
who do you say I am “ I am the way, the truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father, but through me.” (Jn 14:6) Through the centuries the church has faced a paradox as on one hand we meet God in the person of Jesus, on the other hand the Father abides beyond Jesus. The church is centred on the person of Jesus Christ because in him Christians learn to discover who God really is and thus who human beings are and what our true origin and destiny is. The role of the church, amongst others is to accompany humankind on its pilgrimage through the ages in developing our understanding of Jesus. (Dupuis , J) –who do you say I am As the central figure of the Christian faith is our Lord, Jesus Christ, he needs to be understood, so we look to the New Testament. The life of Jesus is described in the Four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
These fundamental doctrines are vital in bringing proselytes together as in Ephesians 4:13, which says, ’’until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ’’. Such foundational teachings include, Jesus as the way, His death, burial and resurrection and the unmerited grace of God. There are also nonessential beliefs that do not encumber one’s spiritual fate or spiritual growth. Some of the non-imperative subjects are baptism, the rapture, and predestination. Some people believe there are many roads that lead to heaven.
Only God can give us new birth by knowing the true condition of the heart that makes the salvation real and true. Allowing us to become born again, regenerated, and the first fruits of His harvest. John MacArthur states in his commentary “The most beautiful and graphic explanation of regeneration is in Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus, a devout and highly respected Pharisee and teacher.” (chapter 5, section 2, para. 6) MacArthur goes on to say that “The leader only made a statement about Jesus and did not say anything about himself or ask the Lord a question. But the Lord knew what was re... ... middle of paper ... ... (Martin, p.30) Martin goes on to say, “For him (James) works are not a substitute for faith, but are the evidence of faith.” (Martin, p.31) Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is the inward change, which in turns perpetuates an outward visible signs of the inward change in the form of works.
Protestants have always said that while baptism and the Lord’s Supper are commands of the Lord, and we should therefore practice them, they are not essential. They do not add grace, they simply point to it and bring it to us in a special way.” (Lloyd-Jones 1998) When ... ... middle of paper ... ...eir baptism is less significant than one who’s was done by immersion? I believe not. While I believe that the symbolism of immersion is powerful (being buried and raised to new life), the act is primarily about our commitment to following Christ, not imitating Christ’s death and resurrection. Should an individual be able to be immersed, I believe that this is the mode in which it should be done based on the example given to us in Scripture, regardless of the inconvenience it may cause.