If Jesus is doing what He said, why do we bash ourselves—His bride, His church? Why do we sing songs, write books, and preach sermons that attack His beloved and then think He is pleased that we do so? I know I wouldn’t be pleased if someone slandered my fiancé.
The church is made up of diverse volunteers with strong beliefs who come together and seek to bring about change. As such, it is an environment ripe for conflict. Wherever there are different perspectives there is potential conflict.
In Scripture we are told to remember the Lord's death until He comes (1 Corinthians 11:17-34). Participating in the act of remembering this actual historical event helps make and keep it real to us. The bread and wine are real—we can see, taste, touch, and smell them. That's important because we are prone to forget things. That is why the Lord wants us to do it regularly—in remembrance of Him. May we never forget what it is all about either.
People want and need peace. The truth is Jesus was born to die to secure the needed peace with God for all who believe (Isaiah 53:4-5). This is our message and what everyone needs to hear.
The nature of grace means that God doesn’t owe it to us. Grace is simply defined as undeserved favour. As such it cannot be owed; it would cease to be grace.
People, including Christians, are confused about forgiveness. The Bible speaks mostly about God’s forgiveness of us and doesn’t say much about how forgiveness between people works.
Your generous gifts, and those of supporters like you, enable us to broadcast the truth of God’s Word and provide resources that equip people to glorify our Lord by living lives of obedience to Him.
Here’s a spiritual reality: real faith grows in the crucible of crisis and struggle. Struggle builds character and resilience. And a major factor making the difference between a strengthened, authentic faith or walking away in unbelief is the context in which the struggle takes place.
Why do bad things happen to good people? You hear this all the time around you and you may have even thought it before. When speaking with others about their beliefs regarding trials and suffering, you may be surprised at just how far apart your view is from theirs.