In this parable that helps us understand the kingdom of heaven, who is the pearl of great value? You may be surprised with the answer!
"The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
By Steve Robinson
It's amazing how a "framework" can constrain how you understand a piece of text. For example, 2x4 is either 8 or a piece of lumber depending on whether you are a mathematician or a carpenter. The "juridical/accounting/transactional" framework always told me that St. Paul meant "Jesus paid the debt to God for our sins, and the zero balance of the ledger was our free gift from Christ."
Over the years the "substitutionary" framework ...
Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. —Romans 3:31
Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. —Romans 4:4-5
This is the third message in our three-part series discovering what the introductory chapters of this great book of Romans tell us about God’s amazing grace.
The first sermon, In Need of Grace, discussed the fact that we are ...
BREAKING NEWS: God is who he is, not who we think he is because of what we have been taught. If you have created God in your own image, or wittingly or unwittingly allowed someone to help you do that then God will probably be a member of your church and denomination. He will keep and observe all your religious ceremonies, holidays and holy days, all your rules and regulations and all your rituals.
• God created in your image will hate the people you hate.
• God created in your image will vote for the person you vote for.
• God created in your image will ...
The last years have seen a grand deconstruction of Scripture reading and interpretation—some would say of Scripture itself. Of course, this has been an ongoing centuries-long project, but two unique elements dominate the past decade: first, the ‘New Atheists’ are actually reading the Bible—carefully and, unlike liberal scholars, they have read it literally with a view to destroying faith. “The Bible says it; I reject it; and that settles it.” And second, their dance partners in this deconstr...
Just as we call 911 in times of emergency, we can also call God, our ultimate resource, at “91:1.” God is always available to you. He’s never too busy — he will always pick up your call. Always.