Come as you are. Bring a Bible & a friend. All are welcome. Studies last one hour.
Is “church” a place we go to be served or do we view the idea of “church” as a means to serve? Knowing that where there are servants, there will be those who are served, it is true that we are inevitably going to be served by the church. There will be times we need to be served by the church. However, there is a common mindset that views the church through a lens whose only concern is: “What does this church have to offer me?” Much like many other things in our culture, many have come to view “church” as a service or a product to consume. Sadly, local churches are more than willing to accommodate this consumeristic mindset and are complicit in fueling it.
Is it Biblically possible for a man to dress immodestly? Is it righteous for a man to be shirtless in public, let alone pose shirtless for photos? Is it godly for a man to wear a speedo bathing suit? Is it shameful for a man to walk down the road in his undergarments (or some equivalent amount of clothing)? Would we think a man immodest if he is publicly naked? As strange as these questions might seem, rarely are they addressed with as much concern and enthusiasm as a woman’s modesty and attire.
Contrary to the contentions of many today, the Bible plainly states that there is “one faith” (Eph. 4:5). It is singular in its nature, not plural. Just as there is one hope, one baptism, one body, one Spirit, one Lord and one Father, there is only one faith.
The Bible also declares that “without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6). This faith “comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). We are to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). We also know for certain that “by grace [we] have been saved through faith” (Eph. 2:8).
Jesus, replying to the rich young ruler’s question about eternal life, asked him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God” (Matt. 19:17a). This seemingly simple admonition encapsulates a great deal of what is wrong with the world today. It is not so much that people do not believe in God, but that they have been convinced that God is not good!
There is a world of difference between loving someone and having sex with someone. Our culture has so merged the two concepts that we have derived the term "making love" to describe it.
Where loving another is perfectly good, having sex with him or her can be wrong.
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus expressed the radical idea that, among other seemingly lesser sins, being angry at your brother without a cause is as bad as murdering that brother (Matt. 5:21-26). This astounding idea comes with the consequence of being in danger of the judgment. Lest we confidently sit back and think that our anger is always justified, therefore we have nothing to fear, let us reconsider the sense of our Lord's words.