The book of Revelation is often seen as a scary book, and is even avoided by many Christians. But it is an important book and its main purpose is to remind us that we live in a sin-filled dangerous world with many enemies, but Jesus wins in the end! The warnings, the power and glory, the victory of Christ our Lamb soaks through this letter. He is our King and our God! Our summary verse is from Revelation 21:4: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – (KJV)
This third letter of John is very short and has an emphasis on truth and what is "good" in these closing days of the NT. Truth and "goodness" are not relative words that are different for each person, but objectively true for all people because they are established and defined by God. Our summary verse is from 3 John 11: “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.” – (HCSB)
Join pastors Nathanael Mayhew, Neal Radichel and Mark Tiefel as they discuss the question whether Jesus really did die and rise again. One will take the Biblical perspective and another will approach it from a secular perspective in this debate series. In this we try to replicate the arguments that are presented against the Scriptural teaching and in conversations or disagreements that Christians may have in their daily lives. Join us again as we dig into why the death and resurrection of Jesus are so important, and what lies behind the assertions of many non-believers when this topic comes up and as we study what God has to say to us in His Word.
This second letter of John was written to the church. It has the assurance to us that God's Word doesn't change. Love" is a distinguishing feature, but needs to be appropriately defined. Love is the message of God's Word as seen in the work of Jesus for us. We also pass that love on to others. Our summary verse is from 2 John 1:5: “And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another." – (NKJV)
You will find an emphasis on true and false teaching in 1 John. It has has always been a mark of the true church to distinguish between what is true and false. John points to errors about the nature of Jesus, the nature of sin, the role of sanctification in the life of a Christian and more. No teaching of Scripture is unimportant. If God has given it, it is for our good, and we are called to defend it and proclaim it faithfully. Our summary verse is from 1 John 4:1: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – (CSB)
Join Pastors Neal Radichel and Ben Libby for a review of Genesis 22 and application to the suffering and death of Jesus. The accounts is called the testing of Abraham, or the sacrifice of Isaac, and is full of imagery that connects to the sacrifice and death of Jesus for us. Join them as they dig into these verses and enrich our Lenten meditation on this Good Friday.
John's gospel is unique in that it focuses on the person and power of Jesus, the Word made flesh. It details His miracles. It details His "I am" statements and His words from the cross. We thought this summary statement was fitting. Because Jesus not only has the words of eternal life, Jesus is the Word... the way, the truth, and the life! Our summary verse is from John 6:68: “Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom will we go? You have the words of eternal life.” – (CSB)
Jude was dealing with false teaching and false thinking that was infiltrating the church. His purpose is to motivate Christians to be faithful to their calling and to stand up for the truth of God's Word. The phrase "contend earnestly" is one word in Greek and means to "fight" or "strive" or "go to battle". This is serious. We are at war. War is costly. It require sacrifice, commitment, determination. We have to know what is at stake! Jude's words are especially fitting in our modern world today. Our summary verse is from Jude 1:3: “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” – (NKJV)
Hebrews was written to a group of people who were suffering persecution and were thinking about returning back to Judaism. The writer points out that Christ is the "real deal" and that all other religions are empty, because they don't have Him! It is only because of and in Jesus that we have salvation through the mercy and grace of God, and through which we are assured that our prayers are heard! Our summary verse is from Hebrews 4:16: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – (KJV)
This is the last of Paul's "pastoral letters" and the last of his letters as he neared execution. It is more personal than the other pastoral letters, and shows a concern for Timothy and Christ's Church in general. It is a message of warning, comfort and encouragement, and gives confidence to every Christian in troubled times through the Word! Our summary verse is from 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” – (ESV)