“...be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22)
How long have you been a Christian? How many messages have you heard?
How many conferences have you attended? The number of years you have
been a Christian and the number of conferences you have attended really
does not matter.
The most important thing is if you have been
implementing all the things you have been taught since you became a
Christian and all the messages you have heard in all the conferences you
have attended. I want you to honestly examine your life to see if "you
are really a Christian". Yes, you might have accepted Christ, but are
you of any use to His kingdom? What do you do with the words you hear? I
pose the question again: WHAT IS YOUR IMPLEMENTATION RATE?
might sound arrogant, but last year 2012, I decided not to attend any
conference until I have started living out and implementing all the
things I know and have been hearing. I truly dont need any new open
doors. I have realised that God opens doors one at a time.When you step
into one, he opens the next door. You have to start steping into the
ones that have already been open. Step out and be a doer of the word and
God will bless you.
There are twenty-seven books of the New Testament divided mainly into; The Gospels (Synoptics and John), Acts, Paul’s Epistles, General Epistles and Apocalypse/Revelation. Majority of the NT are epistles (Paul’s and others’) forming twenty-one of the twenty-seven. Paul wrote thirteen 13 letters--some to churches, pastors and individuals. Further, four of Paul’s letters are called prison epistles because they were written in Prison; namely: Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians and Philemon. Philemon is an epistle and to study it we have to approach it as a letter. In doing so, we will seek to answer five questions: Who wrote Philemon, when and where was Philemon written, Who was/were the recipients, Why was it written and what can we learn from it? Answering the first four questions will lead us into a proper application---what we can learn from Philemon.
Who Wrote Philemon?
Letters in the New Testament world were written just as we…
Among six key themes (from ESV Global Study Bible) of the book of Amos, two stands out for me.
1. Justice and righteousness in the treatment of other people are the key evidences of a right relationship to the Lord. 2. Religious observances in the absence of social justice are disgusting to God.¹
I find these two key themes present in the verses that follow. God says;
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen (Amos 5:21-23).
Today, many profess faith but their profession contradicts their conduct. Should that be the case? Where profession of faith and conduct contradicts, there is a justification to question what one professes. Could it be possible that God has rejected many gatherings supposed…
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him (Hebrews 5:9).
The text is speaking about Christ. Indeed, the whole of the book of Hebrews speaks of Christ and his superiority over all things. Christ offers salvation and eternal life. But one may ask, why Salvation?
Salvation is needed because of humanity's sin problem. We trace the sin problem to eden where the fall of Adam became the fall of the whole human race. The image of God, in which we were created is defaced. We are alienated from God because of sin. Our mind lacks understanding, our hearts corrupted and hardened by sin and and only Christ can save us from this alienation.
Why Is Christ Fit To Offer Salvation?
1: He is a Perfect Saviour
Among many meanings, the word perfect denotes completion and fulfillment. Christ was made perfect in the sense that he fulfilled all of God's plan for salvation. He kept and fulfilled all of God's law that we couldn't keep.