What is The Church

It has been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and write a devotion. The past two weeks have been a little crazy. The biggest thing is a looming deadline for a training I’m in. Things should be getting back to normal, now. 

One of the things that have been on my mind a lot recently has been the usage of the word Church. When we think about it, it could mean many different things depending on its usage, and who is using it. So, let’s take a look at what it means according to the Word of God

Matthew 18:20 New King James Version (NKJV)

20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

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A Just & Loving God: No Condemnation

This is the final part of my series of A Just & Loving God. First we reconciled a just, yet loving God. Then we looked at why Jesus had to die on the cross. Then we took at look at the question “is Hell real?” and the natural response of who goes to Hell and who goes to Heaven. Now, we are going one step further as to why the true Christian goes to Heaven, and not Hell. Read more

A Just & Loving God: Is Hell Real?

Matthew 25:31-46 New King James Version (NKJV)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him,[b] saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Background

Jesus is in Jerusalem speaking to the masses. (I would have made the passage in red, but today I don’t have access to my computer and I’m writing this whole thing on my phone. That is why I have missed the past two days of devotions) He has been preaching to the multitudes the truth and winning disciples. This passage is the last of the things He preaches in Jerusalem before the Pharisees plot to kill Him. He is speaking of the Judgement Day. He has been speaking of the Tribulation and the Endtimes. Here He clearly lays out that some will be cast into Hell.

Hell Exists

The first thing we should look at is whether or not Hell actually exists. There is an abundance of scriptural evidence for the existence of Hell. Revelation 21:8 says Read more

A Just & Loving God: Reconciling Love and Justice

In church, our pastor has been doing a series called Christianity 101. It lays down some of the basic understandings of Christianity. You can watch or listen to the past four sermons here, or you can listen to them in our iTunes Podcast. I’ll be doing my own series for a few days here as well, that also parallels what he has preached. God seemed to work this perfectly for me, because I had it only my mind all weekend, already, and when I did my daily reading, (I’m doing a “read the Bible in a year” plan) the following passage was on my list to read, and it fits perfectly with what I wanted to talk about today anyway.

Romans 3:21-31 New King James Version (NKJV)

21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Background

Paul has been writing to the Church at Rome about the Justification of the Believer through faith, not by works or circumcision. Many people wrongly put the focus on Read more

March 9

John 14:25-28 New King James Version (NKJV)

25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. Read more