Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Meaning and Responsibility

Everyone seems to be looking for meaning in life; not as many look for responsibility.  However, our human origins bring us both!

"We are created!  Every one of us ins the result of an idea, a plan, and an action of God himself. And that brings both meaning and responsibility to human life (Gen. 1:26-28)." ~ What Is the Gospel, by Greg Gilbert

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What Is God Like?

Do you have an accurate conception of God? Or is something like this:
"Thank goodness, all the crankiness you read about sometimes in his old books - you know, having the earth swallow people up, raining fire down on cities, that sort of thing - all that seems to have faded in his old age.  Now he's just  a good-natured, low-maintenance friend who's really easy to talk to - especially since he almost never talks back, and when he does, it's usually to tell me through some slightly weird 'sign' that what I want to do regardless is alright by him.  That really is the best kind of friend, ins't it?"  ~ What Is the Gospel, by Greg Gilbert
We need to be certain that our concept of God comes from Scripture, and not our own imagination.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Four Crucial Questions

Romans 1-4 asks and answers four crucial questions that are basic to the Gospel message:

1.  Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
2.  What is our problem, that is, are we in trouble, and why?
3.  What is God's solution to that problem, that is, how has he acted to save us from it?
4.  How do I come to in included in that salvation, that is, what makes this good news for me?

What are your answers to these questions?  Chapters 1-4 of Romans have the answers.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Finding the Gospel

What's your plan for Bible reading this year?  Hopefully you have one!  A great place to start is the book of Romans.  This book, which is actually a letter, contains a clear, step-by-step expression of  Paul's understanding of the good news.  Romans is the place to start this year if you want to find the Gospel.  And wouldn't that be a good place to begin?