CONDUCT YOURSELVES IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL

The main theme in the book of Philippians is, to conduct oneself in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel. When this book is examined, one will see how the contents of the book both validate and illustrate this theme. First, in Philippians 1, Paul mentions this exact thing to the believers saying, “whatever…

Christ is Supreme: Colossians

Within the book of Colossians, the main theme, Christ is supreme, is both validated and illustrated throughout the contents of the book. Paul begins his letter to the Colossians by introducing himself and declaring the grace of God in Colossians 1:1–2 which says, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God…To the…

The Mission of God in Romans

Introduction The book of Romans is a letter written by Paul to the Romans, introducing himself and his message prior to his arrival in Rome. The main themes that are presented in this letter are the righteousness of God that leads to salvation and spreading the good news. Together, these themes convey the mission of…

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…

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…

The Fruit of Our Faithfulness (to God) Does Not Belong to Us

I think a lot of Christians expect their faithfulness to the Lord to automatically bare fruit. We expect to see the fruits of our labor. Which is fair, but it doesn’t always happen. We cannot get so caught up in baring fruit that, that becomes our sole reason for being faithful to God. I would…