Exploring Your Faith

Exploring Your Faith

The Church Has Been Given Authority to Preach and Teach

Section 8: The Church Week 2: The Church’s Authority and Power Day 3: The Church Has Been Given Authority to Preach and Teach 1 Tim. 3:1-7, Titus 1:1-9 Jesus gave the Apostles a specific mission – to make disciples. What was the primary way the Apostles went about fulfilling that mission? The first thing we see the Apostles doing after the Spirit comes upon them on the Day of Pentecost is preaching the gospel to a large crowd in Jerusalem…

The Church’s Authority Operates in a Particular Sphere

Section 8: The Church Week 2: The Church’s Authority and Power Day 2: The Church’s Authority Operates in a Particular Sphere Eph. 4:11-13 When we look at the biblical treatment of the relationship between Church and State, what do we see? We see the two operating alongside one another. The interesting thing is that this doesn’t seem to be just a matter of practical necessity. In other words, it’s not simply a matter that the early Church didn’t have the…

The Church’s Authority and Power is an Extension of Christ’s Authority and Power

Section 8: The Church Week 2: The Church’s Authority and Power Day 1: The Church’s Authority and Power is an Extension of Christ’s Authority and Power Acts 1:1-11 We saw last week that Christ gave the Church a mission. In doing so, he implicitly gave the Church authority to carry out that mission. We’ll flesh out what that authority looks like in the upcoming days. For the moment, we simply want to take time to remember our authority is ultimately…

The Church Fulfills Its Mission by Transforming People into Christ’s Image

Section 8: The Church Week 1: The Nature of the Church and It’s Mission Day 5: The Church Fulfills Its Mission by Transforming People into Christ’s Image Eph. 4:11-16 Earlier we discussed the need to worship God with all of our lives. Every thought, word and action ought to be committed to God in response to what he has done for us. How do we get to the point where we become that kind of person? As we noted in…

The Church Fulfills Its Mission by Sharing the Gospel Wherever and Whenever It Can

Section 8: The Church Week 1: The Nature of the Church and It’s Mission Day 4: The Church Fulfills Its Mission by Sharing the Gospel Wherever and Whenever It Can Rom. 10:14-15 The gospel is the single most important truth people need to hear. Their eternal destinies hang on them putting their faith in Christ. Yet, to paraphrase Paul, how can they trust in Christ if they’ve never heard about him (Rom. 10:14-15)? That realization should motivate us to spread…

The Church Fulfills Its Mission by Worshiping God with Everything It’s Got

Section 8: The Church Week 1: The Nature of the Church and It’s Mission Day 3: The Church Fulfills Its Mission by Worshiping God with Everything It’s Got Rom. 12:1-2 What is worship? The thing that comes to mind most often when we hear the term is the music we sing at church on Sundays and the music we listen to on Christian radio. What about that music makes it worship though? A song doesn’t automatically qualify as worship. We…

The Church Has a Specific Mission

Section 8: The Church Week 1: The Nature of the Church and It’s Mission Day 2: The Church Has a Specific Mission Matt. 28:19-20 We talked briefly yesterday about what the Church is. The Church exists as the outworking of God’s plan to restore humanity. That’s what the Church is, but what exactly is the Church supposed to do. In 1 Cor. 10:31, Paul says that everything is to be done to the glory of God.  “Everything” necessarily includes all…

The Church Plays a Major Role in God’s Plan to Restore Humanity

Section 8: The Church Week 1: The Nature of the Church and It’s Mission Day 1: The Church Plays a Major Role in God’s Plan to Restore Humanity Eph. 2:11-22 What is the Church? Seems like a simple question. But unfortunately, it turns out trying to define the church gets a little complicated. The tricky issue has to do with whether Israel/Old Testament believers ought to be included in the definition. Many theologians argue the Church didn’t come to existence…

When Christ Returns, the Image of God Will Be Fully Restored within Us

Section 7: Salvation – Part 2 Week 4: Glorification Day 5: When Christ Returns, the Image of God Will Be Fully Restored within Us 1 Jn. 1:1-3 In the discussion of our adoption as God’s children, we noted there is a sense in which our adoption has not yet been fully realized.  In part, that’s because the image of God has not yet fully been restored within us. As Thomas Oden explains, “To be a child of God is to…

When Christ Returns, Believers Will Be Bodily Resurrected

Section 7: Salvation – Part 2 Week 4: Glorification Day 4: When Christ Returns, Believers Will Be Bodily Resurrected 1 Cor. 15:35-58 We noted yesterday that, although the souls of believers go immediately to heaven upon death, that cannot be our final destination. God intends to restore his creation, and, at that time, he will give us new resurrected bodies. What will those bodies be like? The Bible doesn’t give us a lot of details, but it does tell us…

Disembodied Existence in Heaven Isn’t the Final Goal

Section 7: Salvation – Part 2 Week 4: Glorification Day 3: Disembodied Existence in Heaven Isn’t the Final Goal Phil. 3:15-21 Yesterday we saw that at death the soul of the believer enters into the Lord’s presence in heaven. For many of us, that’s where the story ends. After all, heaven is the goal, right? What more could we want? The fact that our souls go to heaven upon our death is obviously a good thing. As awesome as that…

Upon Death, the Believer’s Soul Enters into the Lord’s Presence

Section 7: Salvation – Part 2 Week 4: Glorification Day 2: Upon Death, the Believer’s Soul Enters into the Lord’s Presence Phil. 1:15-26 Death may not be part of God’s original design, but it certainly is part of our current experience. That, of course, raises the question: what happens when we die? It hasn’t been accepted by many throughout the history of the Church[i], but some have taught what is referred to as soul sleep. The basic idea is that…