Contributed on Aug 29, 2004
When attempting to reach people of other faiths, we recognize that: 1. There is some truth in all religions and there are good people who follow them. 2. God has placed a longing for himself inside every human heart. 3. Jesus is the universal Savior.
This is a confusing time in which to live. It was not long ago that America was a place where we, for the most part, understood each other and where other people were coming from. We shared common standards of ethics, and whether or not we followed those ethics, we understood them and agreed ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2004
The purpose of the church is to become: 1. A Faith-centered community. 2. A God-centered community 3. A World-centered community.
As I read Erwin McManus’ book on the church entitled An Unstoppable Force, I have to say I was hit hard by a statement near the beginning, where he said: “The indictment that we must receive is that the Christian faith as we express it is no longer seen as a viable spiritual option. Masses gave ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2004
The problem with legalism is: 1. It turns a relationship of love into a religion of laws. 2. It turns people from encouragers into fault-finders. 3. It emphasizes outward conformity rather than inner transformation.
What an interesting story about the early church The Word of God has just spread to the Gentiles (non-Jews and people from other lands), and they have responded enthusiastically to its message. There were thrilling stories of healings, miracles and dramatic conversions. These new converts were ...read more