We are witnessing one of the most, if not the most, stunning episodes of Christian expansion ever.
Here are five things we can do to ensure we’re hearing from God and not making stuff up.
Jesus said there’s an unforgivable sin. What is it?
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When we’re reduced to helplessness, the Holy Spirit will help us.
While joyful about the news of pregnancy, we were flooded with of questions and concerns.
Mental strength and eloquence of speech may gather large crowds and earn you recognition, only the power of the Spirit can reach into a human soul to bring transformation.
Frequently overlooked in both books is the idea that the gospel is about new life that the Spirit of God gives us.
Instead of pushing our kids to abide by our standards as a way of conforming and producing their own righteousness, we might offer the disciplined life as gracious obedience to the Spirit, who empowers them to live the life of Christ.
Understanding the purpose of spiritual gifts goes a long way in helping us think more clearly about their use. Clearly, spiritual gifts are not given for self-promotion or self-profiting.
Spiritual gifts are given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7, 14:12, 26). Literally, spiritual gifts (charismata) are given for profitability (1 Corinthians 12:7). The context in 1 Corinthians 12 and the statements in 1 Corinthians 14:12 and 26 (add to this the parallel ideas in Ephesians 4:11-16), help us to see that profitability refers not to self, but to others. Thus, the ESV translated the idea of profitability as “the common good.”
Unfortunately, much of what we see on television and hear about on the internet concern self-promoting, self-profiting spectacles. Generally, such spectacles are associated with the Health & Wealth “gospel”; however, that is NO gospel. In fact, the peddlers of such wares are described by Peter as false prophets/teachers: waterless springs and mists driven by a storm (2 Peter 2:1-22). Many of these so called preachers have been exposed as using their “gifts” for self-promotion and profit.
On the other hand, the Bible helps us to see that the gifts, ministries and workings of the Spirit are given to us for the benefit of others – the body (1 Corinthians 12:7; 14:12, 26). Obviously, we do derive benefit and blessing when we serve others, but the using of gifts shifts our focus away from ourselves and toward others (see Ephesians 4:11-16).
Since gifts are for the building up of the body, then the …