Category Archives: New Testament

Past, Present and Future Components of the Lord’s Supper & Our Spiritual Formation

Past “This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.” – Exodus 12:14 “and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. DoContinue Reading

God Doesn’t Give Us More Than We Can Handle?

I hear this from time to time and I see that for some people it is a faith builder while for others it is a faith destroyer. For the faith builder this statement is a reminder that it is all going to be alright because God must certainly think they can handle whatever comes theirContinue Reading

Three Characteristics of the Love of God and What That Means for Us

Soaking wet, walking across the beach…Peter makes his way toward Jesus. The other disciples are right behind him…as always, Peter found a way to get there first. Maybe it was his youth. Maybe it was his passion. Maybe it was his love for Jesus that he still clung to in spite of his own failuresContinue Reading

Complete agreement of word, mind and thought in the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:10)

Is this entirely possible? “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10 I oftenContinue Reading

Was Paul the Best, Worst Communicator or is Something Else Going on?

There is a place in Paul’s writing that confused me for the longest time. What is the confusing statement? “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,” – 1 Corinthians 2:4 When I hear “wise and persuasive” I think of Paul. I think of him first because of his pedigree, “IfContinue Reading

Is This The Most Faith-Full Moment in Jesus’ Ministry?

When you say John 4 your first thought probably goes the woman at the well. There is another story in that chapter that I find one of the most moving and faith-full moments in the Gospels. I don’t know that I need to get into the business of comparing people’s faith. That just doesn’t seemContinue Reading

Fellowship Doesn’t Mean Potluck

The Greek word normally associated with “fellowship” is the word koinonia. It doesn’t typically mean sit in the same room as someone for a church potluck. What does it mean? It is a word that describes mutual interest and the connection that comes through joint participation and partnership. I am indebted to D.A. Carson (whoContinue Reading

The Holy Spirit’s Role in Jesus’ Miracles

Throughout scripture the Holy Spirit has enabled people to do amazing things. The Spirit empowered several of the judges to do the mighty things God called them to do (Samson and Gideon to name a few). The Holy Spirit came on Saul and enabled him to prophesy (1 Sam 10:6-10). The Holy Spirit enabled theContinue Reading

Putting the Prodigal in Context

Luke 15 is one of the most famous chapters in the New Testament. In this chapter, Jesus tells three stories about things that are lost. Really it is about one thing, one sheep and a young man. I guess I am not so sure sheep and people are things. Things get lost by no powerContinue Reading

The Fruit of the Spirit is Essential

The fruit of the Spirit is essential, not because it is a checklist unto salvation but because it is the inevitable byproduct of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. We have a funny relationship with the word “essential” often relating it to what one must do to be saved. While there are essential components toContinue Reading

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