Seeing God EverywhereAugust 9, 2018
The Cross is Plain to SeeAugust 23, 2018
God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, gives us a clear view of His feelings about divisiveness among his followers over disputable matters: Don’t.
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. (Titus 3:9)
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. (Rom. 14:1, 4)
So … Baptism: Infant or Believer’s? Sprinkle or dunk?
Communion: Real wine or grape juice? Every week or once a quarter?
Bible translation: King James Version or the NIV, ESV, NASB, etc.?
Clapping in church: God forbid! (He doesn’t, of course.)
What can we agree on? Or, maybe the better question is, “What must we understand as indisputable … that which cannot be tampered with, or spun to sound better, or custom-fit to my own theology?”
And here you don’t want my opinion, and I don’t want yours. I don’t want the Pope’s, your bishop’s, my church governing body’s, and not even Billy Graham’s.
I only want God’s clear and concise declaration. He was gracious enough to deliver this, of course, in one of the first and most significant creeds of the early Christians (see 1 Corinthians 15):
This is of 1st Importance:
- The authority of Scripture (1 Cor. 15:1-2)
- Jesus lived, was crucified, and was buried… dead. (1 Cor. 15:3)
- Jesus was resurrected. (1 Cor. 15:4)
- He’s coming back. (1 15:22-23)
He is coming back. Do you want to know him now, before he returns? Spend time in his Word. It really matters.
He is coming back. I hear many people say they can’t wait to get to Heaven, to see Jesus, and yet they don’t seem at all interested in seeing him now. Spend time with him. It really matters.
He is coming back. He sacrificed his life so you could be with him when he returns. Surrender your life to him. It really matters.
He is coming back. This is indisputable and yes, it really matters.