Category Archives: Church

PREACH THE GOSPEL!

Jesus declared that the “end” will not come until “this gospel of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed to all nations.”

Discussions about the Second Coming always raise the question – What “signs” will precede that day? And invariably, wars, earthquakes, tsunamis, famines, and similar catastrophes are proposed as harbingers of the end. But Jesus gave a most definitive answer – The completion of the Church’s mission. In other words, preach the gospel.

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SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE LAW

To pursue a Torah-observant lifestyle is to re-erect the old social barriers – Galatians 3:26-4:7.

The final paragraph of the third chapter of Galatians is pivotal to Paul’s larger argument, for it stresses the oneness of the people of God established by Jesus. In this new order, the old social divisions are inappropriate, especially now that the promised “seed of Abraham” has arrived. To now return to the regulations of the Law would erect the old social barriers.

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THE CHURCH’S TASK

The mission of the church between now and the return of Jesus is to announce the Good News of his Kingdom to all nationsMatthew 24:14.

In the New Testament, the message proclaimed by Jesus is summarized as the “good news of the Kingdom of God.” In him, God’s final rule over all creation is being established, although in unexpected and paradoxical ways. By the time he arrives in glory, he will establish the total sovereignty of his Father over the Cosmos and overthrow all His enemies, including Death.

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ONE NEW MAN

By his death, Jesus has formed one covenant community, “one new Man,” based on faith in him by one and all Ephesians 2:11-22.

Paul was adamant. Now, “in Christ Jesus,” no longer can there be “Jew or Gentile.” He has “broken down the middle wall of partition” that once separated Jew from Gentile, “that he might reconcile them both in one body for God through the cross.” Having voided the “law of the commands in ordinances” that separated them, he is “creating in himself, one new man.”

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PEOPLE OF THE LAST DAYS

In Revelation, the church is the battlefield where the final battle is being waged between the Lamb and the “Ancient Serpent,” Satan.

The book of Revelation was sent to seven first-century churches in the province of Asia to address their real-life trials and tribulations. But in the process, it presents messages relevant to all churches throughout the present age. Their daily struggles were a microcosm of the cosmic battle that is being waged even now between Jesus and the “Dragon.”

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AFFLICTED DISCIPLES

In this life, the disciple of Jesus will endure “tribulation” and persecution for his sake 1 Thessalonians 3:1-4.

Our tendency is to avoid trouble and conflict. Understandably, we prefer to live lives characterized by peace, acceptance, and prosperity, and devoid of all affliction and persecution. And the New Testament does promise believers peace now and everlasting life later. Yet it also teaches us to expect afflictions in this life, and how to react when they do occur.

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