Doesn't have to be either or Seek out solid ministries in the area and on campus. Connect them with family life in the area. The PCA has RUF. We have an adopt a student program from college students in my church for accountability and care purposes. I've seen the Lord do amazing work with this arrangement. Many families don't have the money to send their children to college, let alone a private college. College debt is nothing to enter into lightly....
Great Sermon! P.S. I heard a few of you mention giving up Facebook for 40 days and am curious to what those people that are giving up FB are doing on FB. I am on FB often. I will try not to boast at this point but there is much good use to be made on FB. Several times a day I'll share a post from Missing Children Pages, sadly there are thousands, maybe millions of missing children. I am constantly posting scripture. I post articles from Christian Media sources. I have posted sermons from SermonAudio and others. Informative posts about autism or toxic foods. So giving up FB for 40 days for me would be a disservice. God Bless you and Keep you. Excellent work.
Great Sermon! I grew around family members, Catholic and Orthodox who participated in the Lent season. The Orthodox Greeks treated it more seriously than giving up chocolate they almost starved themselves during these 40 days but they also went to church twice a year. For the Catholics it was fasting on Fridays for the most part, not eating meat. For the most part I believe it was very superficial. Although, fasting for 40 days, eating almost nothing, entails some suffering, I did it once and was very hungry and remembering thinking of Christ when I want to cheat. In the end it always felt like a tradition that was maintained for show or to earn some points with God.
Great Sermon! Very Informative Gentlemen, thank you. The most interesting part being P. Sean, you mention the Muslims do not trust the authority of the New Testament and then I believe P. Bill said something to the affect that when the Muslims read that Jesus said, He will send us a Comforter, the Muslims would think He was talking about Mohammed. That being said, the Muslims are trusting parts of the New Testament. Which does make them no different then Catholics and Greek ORthodox ad many others who pick and choose which parts of God's Word they want to believe. In my experience that is due to a bias of sorts. If we can get to the root of the bias maybe the authority of the Word will not be so questionable to them. God Bless You, keep up the great work. Excellent.
Distracted or confused Our day suffers from smudged concepts of what a Christian is. There are only two groups of peoples in this world, the ones for Christ or âin Christâ, and those against Christ, say the enemies of the cross. However, the 21ts century endorses a larger category incorporating the backsliding Christian, the nominal Christian, the carnal Christian, the none-committed Christian, the worldly Christian, the separate brethren, and now, the âPagan Christianâ as all belonging to the first group above. However, Philippians 3:18-19 defines the enemies of the cross as those âwhose end is destructionâ. The enemies of the cross are not Christians who act like âpagan Christiansâ; they are simply NOT born again. âWhosoever commits sin is the servant of sin, and is of the devilâ âBeware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.â By the way people apply these truths, we might identify who speaks from Christâs fold and who doesnât. âMark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample, for many âŚ are the enemies of the cross of Christâ Advice from any outside of the fold of Christ should not entertain our speculations, or consume the space of our instruction.
Agree I agree with the statements made concerning Lent.
I would love to see the Berean pastors having a discussion of the place of regular fasting (and prayer) in the believer's life.
Sometimes I think that we as modern Christians are willing to eschew many religious traditions - for the sake of not seeming religious. But yet we often skip some completely.
INFORMATIVE Thanks for the examples. I am going to look for the marginal notes of the KJV translators. I like reading footnotes and commentaries. There are many tools to help us study the Bible. Also, I like comparing translations. Thanks for pointing out the fact that there is an agenda/a bias behind some translations. We are to be discerning.
Dangerous or beneficial? When evaluating Bible translations it is dangerous to blindly, or unfairly justify preconceived allegations or pretexts against a version for the sake of it merely. As attempted in some measure in this presentation, when finding apparent inaccuracies it is judicious to assess in depth and with noble reliability, not only the accuracy of the word rendering, but the character, bias, origins, purpose, motives, theological stand, manuscript source, and personal agenda of those in charge. Following such guideline, the safer stand of the AV above other translations can be upheld. There is no need to fear for cults to assert Christ as a created being because of the rendering of âonly begottenâ for the Greek word monogen?s in John 1:18 when this is the actual meaning of the word. The deity and preexistence of Christ can be proved from other parts of Scripture.
Watch the Video! Pastor Harris, I am so thankful that you all have a video of your message, as it adds greatly in being able to see the examples you present. Thank you so much for an honest teaching on the issue of translations. It has encouraged me, even though I use the KJV at present in my preaching and teaching to remain 'multi-translational' in my convictions as having a better depth of understanding the use of good translations and good Bible dictionaries give helps me much in my faith, my love for Him and to love those the Lord Jesus Christ died for and to witness to them the Gospel
Fantastic exposition of Mathew Excellent call to cast away tradition and to examine the Scripture for the Truth that lies within its pages. We all, Church universal, need to remember we are all called to be good Bereans.
Great Sermon! How wonderful it is to have our children with us to worship on Sunday nights. I love our Sunday school class as well. We also attend an at home Bible study. We have closer fellowship and a deeper time of digging into the Word because of how small the group is. As far as oversight goes, we have priesthood of the believer. I'm not going to a Bible study that is off base. I would have no problem walking out if we went to one that wasn't Scripturally sound.
Amen God is such a generic term these days.
Those who believe in the God of the Bible and are His disciples will fear Him and seek to honor Him with their lives.
People want the blessings of God, without owing any allegiance, obedience, or sacrifice.