Christianity

Living in the Reign?

 

14 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God: 15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14 – 15 CSB

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Established in the Story

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From the earliest days of the Church, theology (the study of God) has been a really big deal. And so it should be! As followers of Jesus we need to know what we believe and why we believe it. Therefore, men of every age have tried to articulate the fundamentals of the Christian faith in the language of their day.

This has led to a few different types of theology. The most popular is probably systematic theology. Systematic theology seeks to lay out in orderly fashion the principle teachings of the Christian faith, using passages from all over the Bible. Another type of theology is biblical theology. This form of theology examines the various books of the sacred text to discover what they teach on various topics. Both systematic and biblical theology have their place and can make for a very interesting study.

Another form of theology that has gotten a lot of air time lately is known as narrative theology. Narrative theology looks at the grand scope of the biblical story in order to gain an understanding of God and His work in Christ. I believe this particular form of theology has some solid biblical backing. I hope you will read on and allow me to explain why.

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Incarnational Christianity

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This past week, Dr. Leonard Sweet posted something on Facebook that really got me to thinking.  He wrote,

“Christianity is a religion of incarnation. Any attempt to make it into a religion of explanation, examination or execution is an abomination.”

In a world where Christ has been theologized, sermonized, debated and hated, I think we do well to pay attention to these powerful words.

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We Have Not Learned Christ

It is appalling to think how few “Christians” really understand what the Christian life is all about.  Having been told that it is all about having your sins forgiven so you can go to Heaven when you die, they pretty much live like the rest of the world on any given day except Sunday.  The apostle Paul directly challenges that way of doing life.

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Living From Our Future

Too many of us think we are merely products of our past.  We believer our lives are simply a culmination of all the things, good and bad, that have happened to us since the day we burst on the scene.

While there is certainly some truth to that, for those of us who live under the Reign of King Jesus that is only part of the story.  Because of our union with the King we are no longer limited to our past.  Our true identity is now found in our relationship with Him and the glorious future He provides.

In this four minute video, Bruxy Cavey, Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House, shows us how we can live in our future today.  What he shares will assist us as we seek to live in the Reign.

Enjoy!

M

Do You Know God?

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Do you know God?

I mean, do you really know the Lord?

You may respond, “Oh yes, I have known the Lord for many years.”

Really?

Are you sure?

How can a person know if they really know the Lord, or if they simply know about Him?

Fortunately for us the apostle John provides the answer in 1st John 2:3 – 6.

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.  ESV

So…what do you think?  Do you really know the Lord according to what John writes?  It appears to me that truly knowing God comes only as a result of daily living in the Reign.

M

I’m Not the Only One

In a recent post I discussed the fact that we may need to change the label used by God’s people to identify themselves.  This is based on the fact that the term “Christian” has so much baggage associated with it.  I have also found out that I am not the only one struggling with this issue…

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