If “faith” without works is dead (Jas 2:17, 26), did the “thief” on the cross have true faith if he had little time for works? I argue that — perhaps in response to the gracious intercession of Christ — the criminal has a change of heart and responds with a request — an appeal of (true) faith. Thus, Jesus responds accordingly
“Faith” that does not produce works — acts of godly obedience and mercy — is not true faith at all. There is a difference between believing *that* Jesus is Lord and believing *in* Jesus as Lord
The only kind of faith that works, is faith that works. “Faith” that does not produce godly works of mercy and obedience is dead. True, saving faith is active faith. Faith: it’s what we do.
Caesar Augustus was thought to be a divine god, Son of God, and “savior of the world” whose birth meant peace, hope, and good news [euangelion (think evangelize, evangelism)] for all people. But Jesus is the true…
View/download slides from a Bible study on Matthew 1:18-25, which describes the birth (more literally translated “the genesis”) of Jesus the Messiah. If God created this massive, incredibly fine-tuned universe, is a virgin conception…
Theme of Joshua: Israel inherits the Promised Land. Rahab provides unexpected assurance of God’s promise. Rahab renounces that of her own people and puts her faith (active trust) in the LORD – affirming Israelite prophecy, history, and theology. This account demonstrates how non-Israelites were always a part of God’s redemptive plan. She is commended not necessarily for lying, but for demonstrating her faith through actions — as we all should
Given the literary and cultural/historical context of 2 Corinthians 6:14, Paul is most likely telling the Corinthian church not to become partners with those who were engaging in idol feasts in pagan temples — for they are the temple of the Living God.
While Commandments I-IV concern how we should love God, Commandments V-X concern how we should love others. The Ten Commandments address our thoughts, words, and deeds — perhaps in chiastic fashion — that we may be a kingdom of priests through whom God will bless all nations…
In this lesson, I aim to cover Commandments II-IV. The Israelites were told not to think of nor to treat the living God as a pagan god, to not say the LORD’s (YHWH) name in vain, and to remember the Sabbath Day — imitating God’s first “work week.”
In this lesson, I aim to cover some of the context and background information concerning the Ten Commandments, as well as the key, first commandment.