It’s easy for us, living in the “civilized” 21st-century, to think that the persecution of Christians was merely a reality in ancient times. It was—but it’s as much a reality today as it was yesterday.
On the last night of Jesus' life on earth, He established a principle that has endured in the life of the Church from the first century to the present day—the world that persecuted Him would likewise persecute His followers (John 15:20). And so it has been; from that day until this, men and women of faith have suffered and given their lives for the cause of Jesus Christ. It is our history as a church, a history wrought with controversy, conflict, and persecution. But it is also a history of triumph, faith, and community. Ours is a 2,000-year-old history, rich in tradition and doctrine and filled with intriguing characters—saints and sinners—who've written the story that is the Church.
To study the story of Christ's Church is to trace the finger of God across the timeline of human history.
Packer is best known as an author and wrote over 300 books. His first book, Fundamentalism and the Word of God, began as a talk to a group of students and was a defense of the authority of Scripture.
Be comforted by the teaching of Pastor Chuck Swindoll and find reassurance in the timeless truths of Scripture. Remember that God will one day eradicate the wickedness that darkens His good world.
Calvin was a man of faithful constancy who endeavoured to magnify the glory of God and rest in His sovereignty, no matter the circumstance. As we pray, let us fearlessly commit ourselves to God and take comfort that our time is in His hand.
Take this simple true of false quiz. If you answered “true” to any of these questions, you've been deceived by the ancient heresy of Gnosticism.
Paul’s relationship with Timothy goes back to Paul’s earliest days as a missionary. Paul and Barnabas visited Timothy’s hometown of Lystra on Paul’s first journey around AD 47.
Slice it any way you wish, ignorance is not bliss. Dress it in whatever garb you please, ignorance is not attractive. Neither is it the mark of humility nor the path to spirituality. It certainly is not the companion of wisdom.
Are you an eagle-type, soaring to heights beyond your peers? Do you find yourself bored with the maintenance of the machinery...yawning through the review of the rules...restless to cut a new swath...excited rather than intimidated by the risks?
We live in a time when theological foundations are being rocked. Both leaders and lay people have turned away from theology as an essential component of their personal faith in Christ.