MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Why Church Membership?

March 28th, 2019 Viewed 554 times

Church Membership is a weird thing in 2019’s America. Having just covered what it means to be a church, you may wonder why someone would want to be a member of a local church at all. And practically speaking, there is little advantage to modern church membership.

How Do We Define Church?

March 27th, 2019 Viewed 578 times, 2 so far today
Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and see all the people?

For many of us, the rhyme was a cute way to picture a church with people in it– until someone came along and told us that the church is the people, so we open the doors to see the church– and 4 year olds everywhere became very confused!

It turns out, however, that how we define “the church” makes a difference on how we interpret various passages of the Bible and how to apply it to ourselves today.

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I Will Wait For You

March 10th, 2019 Viewed 621 times, 1 so far today

Before the Throne of God Above

March 8th, 2019 Viewed 661 times

Too Different to Make a Difference

November 15th, 2018 Viewed 649 times

Or different enough to distinguish the difference? Yes, I’m talking about Christianity—modern, post-modern, traditional, emergent—your choice.

There seems to be a fine line between Christian types today. If we seem to be too concerned about the ever-increasing ills of society we’re labeled ‘condemning’ and ‘intolerant’. Try instead, ‘sober’ and ‘vigilant’. 1 Peter 5:8

Or, if we’re embracing the lost and at the same time compromising the foundation of faith we’re called ‘seekers’ attempting to draw converts under cover of worldly placebos.

It’s sometimes hard to balance the command to “Come out from among them and be ye separate” with “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”

Worshiping How God Desires

August 14th, 2018 Viewed 579 times, 1 so far today
How should we worship the Lord?

Just the title of a recent post by Tim Challies makes me pause to think. The post was titled Why worship any way other than as God desires? and immediately brought to mind the idea that, as American believers, I’m not sure we know know what this is.

Challies article focuses on music in worship, which is definitely a hot-button issue in today’s churches, but a reading of the Old and New Testaments show us that God is much more interested in how we do what we do in service to Him than we are lead to believe.

What Value is Tradition in Reading the Bible?

April 26th, 2018 Viewed 581 times

Typically, those that find themselves not in the Eastern Wing of Christendom (Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox) do not place a lot of emphasis on tradition. In fact, it’s one of the talking points about why those of the Protestant persuasion believe that they are closer to what the Bible actually teaches. And yet, in the article Why Protestants Need to Use Tradition When They Read Their Bibles I find myself agreeing with the overall point– that when we totally divest ourselves of the interpretations and understandings of the saints that have come before us, we may fall prey to errors in our understanding simply because we see the Bible through the culture that we now live in.

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DrGBB

What Type of Church Do You Have?

April 18th, 2018 Viewed 526 times

Christ Has Always Been At Work

April 18th, 2018 Viewed 398 times

Christ was there At the World’s Foundation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5

And with that declaration, the Apostle John begins his Gospel account of Jesus life an ministry. And what better way to introduce the Savior than starting from the beginning. In the beginning was the Word– the Word that was used to create everything (as Genesis stated, God spoke and it was so) is this same Word.

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Claudio 

Christ and the Church

April 3rd, 2018 Viewed 864 times

On a hill, nearly 2,000 years ago, God incarnate, recently resurrected, ascended into Heaven leaving the church here on Earth to carry His message of redemption and reconciliation to the four corners of the world.  In that time, it would seem that Christ has been silent, to the point that some in the first century believed that He would return soon and others continually wonder about the reality of what happened.

And yet God is not finished with His people, and He has not gone silent.  He provided revelation to the first century church, and He continues to bring all things to our remembrance through the Holy Spirit.

So, just what is Christ doing with His church today?  How do they interact?

Over the next couple of days we’re going to review the outcome of the events we celebrated this past Sunday with an eye to what we need to do with it today.

 

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Claudio 

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.