We talk a lot about church attendance. We ought to know how important it is for Christians to gather together for worship. But it’s so much more than putting bodies in the seats. It is important that we understand that God has given us good reasons for wanting to come and worship Him. It’s all based in what He has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
In this evening lesson, we continue examining the five core doctrines of Calvinism, focusing on the third part of the TULIP acronym, Limited Atonement. Through this lesson, we hope to demonstrate that Christ died to give all people the opportunity to be saved, and to teach anything different robs the gospel of it’s power to save (Rom. 1:16)
Perhaps no day on the Jewish calendar was more important that the Day of Atonement. It was a day which the book of Leviticus centers around. And yet, it was not sufficient to fully take care of mankind’s sin problem. That’s why Christ came, to be our sacrifice. The Lamb of God came to take away the sin of the world.
Sin has created a separation between God and man, and no work of mankind can every bridge that gap. But God has made a way, through Christ, for us to be reconciled to him, for us to recieve atonement and be made “at one” with him.
“Pray without ceasing.” That is what Paul had written in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Not only did he write it, he lived it, and we see that come out throughout his letters. There are many times that Paul records specific things for which he is praying. In Eph. 3:14-21, we notice three specific things that Paul prayed for. Join us as we study God’s Word Together.
This past Sunday at the Orangeburg church of Christ, we talked about Christmas. I know that there are many different beliefs regarding the Christmas season, but however one views this time of year, that does not change the importance of what happened in the small town of Bethlehem about 2000 years ago. Bethlehem matters. What happened there matters because it was what was Prophesied, because of the Person that was born there, because of the Purpose for which he was born, and because of the Promise that has been given to those who believe in him, eternal life. I hope that at this time of year, you will use the unique opportunity that Christians have to teach people that whole truth about Jesus the Christ.[audio https://ia902708.us.archive.org/30/items/WhyBethlehemMatters/Why%20Bethlehem%20Matters.wav]
Hoping that after the new year I will be able to return to recording at least one podcast a week. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.