What Does the Gospel Require of Us?

Throughout the book of 1 Corinthians, the main theme is that the gospel requires God’s holy people to mature in purity and unity. This theme is validated several times through the content of 1 Corinthians. As we read 1 Corinthians, one is able to notice that the Church in Corinth was not in a good…

HELL IS THE ABSENCE OF GOD

I believe that it is correct to say that hell is the absence of God (in a sense).“God is holy, and anything that is not holy must be ushered away from his presence. He cannot allow impurity near him…”[1] Though we are sinful, Christ died for our sins and those of us who have accepted…

Justified by Faith: Salvation Through Jesus Christ (A Study of Galatians)

GALATIANS 1: The book of Galatians can be considered the authorization of Christian freedom and the theme of justification by faith for both Jews and Gentiles, permeates throughout the book. Many aspects of Galatians support this theme. After Paul addresses the churches in Galatia in chapter one, he then confronts the issue that the people…

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO REPENT?

It can be quite easy for one to misinterpret or understand the meaning of repentance. While some may say that it means to ‘feel bad about something,’ some will say that it means ‘to change your mind,’ while others will state that it means to ‘turn from sin.’ Further study should be done to look…

Divine and Human Action: Haggai

In the book of Haggai chapter one, we are able to see how God’s divine action is connected to human action. In chapter 1:1-12, Haggai received a word from the LORD, that rebuked the people for forsaking the rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. Chapter 1:5-6, mentions all the things that the people put their hands…

Pain and Hope: Jeremiah

In Lamentations 1, Jeremiah grieves deeply because of God’s rejection of Jerusalem. In verse one, he reflects on the city which was once full of people and prosperous, in comparison to what he now saw, an empty city that “has now become a slave” (Lam. 1:1b). Jeremiah also grieves in multiple verses (1:2, 9, 16,…

God’s Sovereignty: Isaiah

  Throughout chapters 40-48 of Isaiah there are several examples found of God’s sovereignty. In 40:1-2 we see that the people are able to find comfort in God’s sovereignty. Although Judah would still endure years of trouble before the fall of Jerusalem and their exile, they were still able to find peace in knowing that…

5 Characteristic Elements of the Biblical Prophet: Jonah, Hosea & Amos

               The five characteristic elements of a biblical prophet include; the commission by God, the confrontation of Israel’s sin; the call to repent, the caution for Israel’s impending judgment, and to comfort them with the hope of a better future. Jonah is commissioned by God in chapter 1:1-3 to…

FINDING MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST: My High School Experience

When I was in high school I defined myself by the friendships that I had and what boys liked me. If guys didn’t like me I wondered why and even thought less of myself because of it. I wished I was like other girls and more outgoing like all the other kids my age. The…

PRAYER IN THE BOOK OF HABBAKUKK

   Throughout the book of Habakkuk, we are able to see the prophet’s prayer and faith in God. Habakkuk asked the difficult questions, boldly and confidently bringing his complaints concerning a dying world directly to God and in turn, God directly to his prophet. Yahweh answers with an abundance of proof and forecast, assuring Habakkuk…