As the people of a missionary God, we are entrusted to participate in the world the same way He does—by committing to be His ambassadors (see John 20:21; 2 Corinthians 5:20). “Missional” describes the perspective to see people as God does and to engage in the activity of reaching them. The church on mission is the church as God intended, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and proclaiming the good news of redemption found in Jesus. In today’s church culture, the church is defined as successful if it has a large congregation, modern facilities, and a cool band that is...Read More
Author: Ray Viola
How important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead? The apostle Paul sees the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as being the peg upon which the gospel hangs. “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the...Read More
- Reformation!One of the snares that we face individually and congregationally is developing a mindset of “business as usual”. There is a real danger in becoming a Christian of habit and not heart, but it is “with the heart one believes unto righteousness”. We must keep our relationship with Jesus coming from our heart. When Israel […]
- The Unleavened ChurchLeaven is a substance, such as yeast, used as the ingredient in dough or batter to make them rise. In the Scriptures leaven represents an evil influence, be it a lifestyle or a doctrine. We find the first Biblical reference to leaven in Genesis 19:3, where it is mentioned that Lot baked unleavened bread and […]
- All Things Become NewWhen a person comes to saving faith in Jesus, the motive for everything changes, because we do things not to earn favor with God, but to draw closer to Him and worship Him in Spirit and truth.
- Jesus Christ Is Lord!The Lordship of Jesus is established in the Scriptures. He was highly exalted following His obedience unto death, by which He tasted death for every man. In that exalted position, we acknowledge Him as Master and Lord. Christianity is more than a creed or a system of religious rituals. It is a Shepherd-sheep, Husband-wife relationship […]
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