Does the Bible teach that all believers should speak in tongues? Does it dictate Home Groups as the ideal model for churches? Finding answers to interpretive questions like these requires that we understand the difference between prescriptive and descriptive texts— between texts that are prescribing or commanding a certain action and those that are simply describing historical facts or events.
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As a church, we historically haven’t used terms like “branding” because, well, they feel a bit corporate-esque, as if we’re trying to sell something. I mean, we’re a church. Our mission is to make disciples—not to sell a product.
Quite a bit of my senior year in high school is now a blur. Struggling with suicidal thoughts for most of high school, my parents finally prompted me to seek counseling and psychiatric help after a good friend took his own life my junior year. The next year was spent in a fog as doctors paraded medication after medication in front of me, searching for something to fill the void. Instead I found ...
Beginning this weekend, we will turn our attention as a church body to the book of Acts. As we enter into the series, I wanted to address our purpose in studying it, and to pass on to you some tools to help leverage the time we will give to learning and applying the story of the early Church.
Interpreting Scripture is no simple thing, and many of us fall prey to nine common mistakes. If you want to interpret the Bible incorrectly, just make sure you do one of the following...
This fall, we spent several weeks in our Recovering Redemption series examining the roots of sin and idolatry and the surpassing hope of the gospel. Through the proclamation of His Word, God saves men and women and begins the work of sanctification in our lives. He helps us to see our sin, empowering us to find freedom from it and to pursue godliness as He conforms us to the image of Christ.
It’s a fact of the faithful life that gospel people say goodbye, trading the familiar for the unknown as the Lord leads. But not all of us are headed for the ends of the earth.
It’s not uncommon to hear a Christian couple say that they’ve “talked about adoption.” There’s a good chance that you, at some point or another, have considered what it might look like for you to adopt a child. There are many of us who “talk about it,” but we may not know how to take it beyond talk.