As the current generation of Christians works to improve the Church by instituting novel forms of worship, it is essential that any changes be carefully assessed for their potential to distort the Bible’s message. There is a need for vigilance to ensure that the depth and theological richness found in the Word of God is not compromised by the addition of music, technology, and interactive prayer, all of which can enrich the worship experience.
Unmasking the “Dragon” in the Pew: Addressing Unchristian Traditions in Chinese Christianity
Picture a vibrant Chinese church, its pews filled with believers passionately worshiping, their hearts aflame with faith. But hidden among the congregation lurks a subtle intruder—an uninvited guest. It goes by many names: syncretism, cultural assimilation, or even folklore. This mischievous presence, like a wily dragon, weaves its way into the tapestry of Chinese Christianity, bringing with it unchristian traditions that threaten to dilute the purity of the faith. It is time to unmask this dragon in the pew, exposing its influence and charting a course towards a more faithful expression of Chinese Christianity.
Rethinking the Role of Church Leaders in Light of Scripture
While there have certainly been instances of hierarchy in the church throughout history, there have also been voices that have pushed back against this and advocated for a more egalitarian model. From the earliest days of the church, Jesus’ emphasis on servant leadership has been a powerful influence on Christian thought, and this has continued to shape the way that Christians think about church leadership today.
Beyond the Collection Plate: When Faith meets Commerce
By prioritising growth, profitability, and efficiency over spiritual growth and community building, churches run the risk of becoming shallow, insular, and authoritarian. Instead, leaders should strive to follow the example of Jesus, who emphasised the importance of love, service, and humility in all aspects of life.
The Zion Christian Church (ZCC): Exploring the Mysteries Behind One of Africa’s Largest Churches
Zion Christian Church is a complex and fascinating institution, with a rich history and a unique blend of beliefs and practices. While much about the church remains shrouded in mystery and secrecy, its emphasis on pilgrimage, spiritual renewal, and strict adherence to rules and codes of conduct have helped to make it one of the most influential and enduring religious institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.
Ancestral Worship – The Indecisive Curse or Blessing you are?
Ancestral worship can lead to superstition as individuals may seek to placate their ancestors or seek their favor through various practices. From a biblical perspective, such practices can lead to a lack of trust in God and a reliance on superstitions that are not in line with God’s will. Therefore, it is important for individuals to understand the fundamental principles of their religious beliefs and seek to align their practices with these principles.
Christian perspective on Cohabiting, or living together as an unmarried couple
Let marriage be held in honour among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” This verse emphasises the importance of marriage and sexual purity within the context of a committed relationship.
Ephesians 4:11 – Gifts NOT Offices
The interpretation of Ephesians 4:11 as gifts rather than offices is a valid one, and that the roles mentioned in the passage should be understood as gifts that are given to individuals for the benefit of the Body of Christ.
Christian Children Losing their Faith
Losing faith is a common experience among Christian children as they grow older. The reasons behind this loss of faith are complex and multifaceted. Parents can take proactive steps to help prevent their children from losing their faith by encouraging a personal relationship with God, teaching critical thinking skills, leading by example, fostering meaningful relationships within the church, and teaching a theology of suffering.
From I Do to I Don’t in Troubled Marriages
Marriage is a sacred union between two imperfect individuals, and it is no surprise that troubled marriages are becoming increasingly common in today’s society. However, as Christians, we have access to the guidance of God’s word and the work of the Holy Spirit to help us navigate these challenges.
Silent Struggles: Helping Pastors Overcome Hidden Sins
Pastors are not immune to temptation, and many may find themselves struggling with secret sins that they are too ashamed or afraid to bring to light. These silent struggles can be debilitating and isolating, leading to feelings of guilt, shame, and self-doubt. As pastors, they may feel that they are not living up to the expectations of their congregation, their families, or even God.
But the truth is that pastors are human, and they are not meant to carry the weight of their struggles alone. It is essential to seek help, support, and guidance from trusted individuals who can provide a safe and non-judgmental space for them to share their burdens.
In this guide, we will explore the various types of secret sins that pastors may be struggling with, and provide practical advice and strategies for overcoming them. We will also discuss the importance of accountability and how to find trusted individuals who can serve as accountability partners.
Remember, overcoming secret sins is a journey, and it requires courage, humility, and a willingness to seek help. With the right mindset and support, pastors can break free from their silent struggles and find freedom, joy, and renewed strength in their ministry.
Revive Your Outreach: Dynamic Evangelism Training Course
The invitation of Jesus is a revolutionary call to fight for the heart of humanity. We are called to an unconventional war using only the weapons of faith, hope, and love. Nevertheless, this war is no less dangerous than any war ever fought.
And for those of us who embrace the cause of Christ, the cost to participate in the mission of God is nothing less than everything we are and everything we have.
Origins of the Christmas Tree
Depending on family tradition, the tree brought into the house is now festively decorated and referred to as the “jultree,” “light tree,” “Christmas tree,” or “Christ tree.” How many people are aware that this practise was long reviled by the church? Numerous sources in folk literature mention the fact that the
How many meanings are there in a Biblical Text?
Scripture becomes, as Martin Luther put it, a wax nose that can be shaped into whatever form the interpreter likes. When this happens, the interpreter cannot be corrected by the text; rather, the interpreter becomes lord over the text.” Therefore, when we seek to discover the meaning of scripture we are seeking the plain meaning as the original author intended.
Your sacrifices are not good enough!
The Tabernacle is a visible picture, or model, showing us how we come to God through Jesus. From the foundations of the world, there’s only been one way. Jesus is the way.
Can Christians lose their salvation?
This question of whether a person can lose his salvation is not an abstract question. It touches us at the very core of our Christian lives, not only with regard to our concerns for our own perseverance, but also with regard to our concern for our family and friends, particularly those who seemed, for all outward appearances, to have made a genuine profession of faith.
Christological Heresies: EUTYCHIANISM
A follower of Eutyches in the belief that the divine and the human in the person of Christ so blend as to constitute but one nature so that Christ is of two natures but not in two : monophysite
Christological Heresies: ARIANISM
Arian theology holds that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who was begotten by God the Father with the difference that the Son of God did not always exist but was begotten within time by God the Father, therefore Jesus was not co-eternal with God the Father.
Christological Heresies: DOCETISM
Docetism is an ancient heresy that says Jesus was not fully human. According to Docetism, he seemed to be human, but because Jesus was fully divine, he had no physical body. The form people saw was essentially a ghost.
Christological Heresies: EBIONISM
They believed in one God and taught that Jesus was the Messiah and was the true “prophet” mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:15. They rejected the Virgin Birth of Jesus, instead holding that he was the natural son of Joseph and Mary. The Ebionites believed Jesus became the Messiah because he obeyed the Jewish Law.
What did Jesus Preach?
The Gospels indicate that Jesus’ full humanity as David’s heir, and full divinity as the ruler of the universe, relate closely to his role as Christ and to the “good news” or “gospel” he announced.
What is the relationship between the gospel and the kingdom of God?
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.” The gospel is the good news proclaiming that the reign of God’s kingdom has come into this world.
No Christianity Without Christ!
The divinity of Christ says, because He is Lord, because He is God, what He says about himself and about who we are and what the way of salvation is, is authoritative and final. Christianity is definitely Jesus. Without Jesus it would not exist.
Divinity of the Holy Spirit
He gives us the strength to say “no” to sin, and so, “yes” to God — say “yes” to God — and to say “yes” to obedience. And only God can do that. The Holy Spirit is God, and he does those mighty works in our lives and in our world. He rules over every event. He saves us, literally. He brings salvation that Jesus Christ earned into our lives and makes it ours. And He continues to change us until we meet Jesus someday.
How could Jesus be both fully human and fully divine?
Christ comes to unite the divine life that is lost in the fall of Adam, back to our humanity. Only if Christ is the one who can bring God and man together can we really say that we have been saved.
Human Free Will Incapacitated
Human free will exists in sinners, but that it is compromised by sin.
Jesus was in the form of God
If Jesus is in the form of God, then He has all the essential attributes of deity, or all those characterising qualities that make God. Thereby, Jesus is in the form of God is God. Paul is merely stating that Jesus did not surrender His divine attributes but chose voluntarily not to use them or to set them aside. Hence surrendering the glory, majesty, and the prerogatives of deity, but not the deity itself.
The issue of the relationship between God as Father and human fathers is very important in our culture, especially because we of course so often experience in the brokenness of modern families-father models who are problematic
Can we call Jesus God?
The Apostle John in affirming the deity of Jesus Christ in John 1:18, “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known”. Thus showing oneness of essence between Father and Son. In addition, Apostle John mentions in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” Thereby bearing upon the essential unity. It is interesting that whether the word “one” is neuter in gender, or literally, one thing.
The Timeless Jesus
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. Therefore, there are no impossibilities of time and space for what Jesus Christ was He is, and what He is, He was.