Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Genesis 3:15 and Protevangelium

Question: Genesis 3:15: Is this verse really the “Protevangelium“? Yes or No. Yes, this verse does teach protevangelium. The context of Genesis 3 is the fall. Eve eats of the apple from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The result of this is that theya realize that they are naked and thus clothe themselves. God walks through the Garden looking to find Adam and Eve. Although He is all knowing they are hiding from Him in their shame. Adam and Eve come out of hiding where they tell God that they are naked, and God asks them how they knew they were naked. The result of them eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the curse and fall of man. This brief explanation of the passage is intended to give the proper context of Genesis 3:15 which says, “15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Dr. Kent Hughes says, “What we have here is an astounding gospel prophecy because God’s curse upon the serpent turned into a word of grace, giving what has been recognized from the second century A.D. as the “first gospel,’ the protevangelium, when the post-apostolic fathers Justin Martyr and Irenaeus preached that the woman’s offspring (literally “seed”) here referred to...

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What is Love?

What is Love? Love is many things to many people. Love is defined in the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as, “Strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties; attraction based on sexual desire: affection and tenderness felt by lovers affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests, an assurance of love warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration, a beloved person.” For many this definition of love will do, but today I would like to explain to you the love from the language of the Bible and from society in general. There are many ways that I could explain love to you. There is the love that God has for His Creation, the love that a parent has for a child, the love that a child has for his parents, the love that a husband and a wife have for each other, the love that brothers have for each other, and the love that sisters have for each other. As you can see there are many different types of love in our society. Filadelfiva” transliterated from Greek means Philadelphia. We all have heard of Philadelphia before, because it is known as the city of brotherly love. The word Philadelphia means, “Love of brothers or sisters, brotherly love.” The following story is an excellent example of brotherly love: My brother and I were playing...

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The Disciple-Makers Message

Introduction The sources of a disciple-makers message are tradition, observation, participation and inspiration.[1] The first source of a disciple-makers message is tradition which is to teach the whole counsel of God.[2] The second source of a disciple-makers message is observation which is to be aware of what the student and or congregation is going through.[3] The third source of a disciples-makers message is participation which is providing a message to share with others as well as a lesson to experience.[4] The final source of a disciple-makers message is inspiration, which is to be lead of the Holy Spirit In all preaching and teaching.[5] The forms of a communicator’s message are subject matter, environment, life (experiences), and teacher (model).[6] The first form of a communicators’ message is the subject matter which relates to the content of what the teacher will say to the student and or audience.[7] The second form of a communicators’ message is the environment, which concerns the audience into which the teacher will speak his/her message into.[8] The third form of a communicators’ message is life (experiences) which will help the student and or audience learn how to take the lesson into real life.[9] The final form of a communicators’ message is the teacher who needs to embody the truth of the message they are communicating to their audience. Romans 15:18 Dr. John Stott commenting on Romans...

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The Meaning of Missional

Much conversation today in evangelical circles revolves around what it means to be missional. Many books, articles, sermons, and ministries all subscribe to misssional thinking. Being missional means the believer will be intentional about living for Jesus as a missionary to his/her friends, family, and sphere of influence. Jesus came on a mission to seek and save the lost, and said in John 10:16And(T) I have other sheep that are not of this fold.(U) I must bring them also, and(V) they will listen to my voice. So there will be(W) one flock,(X) one shepherd.” Jesus is not content to sit on His hands while others have not yet heard the message He gave the Church- which is the Gospel. Jesus came to seek and save the lost, which means all people through His shed blood and resurrection can come to Him. Christ does not desire that any would perish but that all would come to everlasting life. The mission of Jesus is to offer to sinful man salvation. The Great Commission is not the “great suggestion”. Living for Jesus means understanding the mission that Jesus gave His disciples. To be a disciple means to be one who is learning from the Master. The greatest of the commissions Jesus gave believers is in Matthew 28:16-20. Jesus also gave other “great Commissions” in Mark 16:14-18, Luke 24:36-49, John 20:19-23 and Acts...

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Question and Answer: Difficult People, Humility and the Gospel

A question from a blog reader came in yesterday, “How do I effectively witness to someone that wants to prove the bible wrong- with a know it all attitude in play?” The Christian life is about humility Proverbs 3:34, “  34Toward the(A) scorners he(B) is scornful, (C) but to the humble he gives favor.” James 4:6, “    6But(A) he gives more grace. Therefore it says,(B) “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  1st Peter 5:6  6(M) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,” The opposite of humility is pride. People take pride in their work. People take pride in knowledge. People take pride in possessions. When people come to the Bible an attitude of humility is necessary. Secularists come to the Bible to “find” something that fits their system. Liberals come to the Bible to find “proof” for their beliefs. Born again believers submit to the authority, inspiration, inerrancy, and sufficiency of Scripture. 2nd Timothy 3:16, “16(A) All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” People who come to the Bible to prove their positions have a savior mentality. How do you deal with people who come to the Bible with an attitude of pride? First make sure your heart is right before...

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