Posts from 2020 (Page 4)

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – Benefits of Prayer, Part 2

benefits of prayer Peter Kreeft, in his book, “Prayer for Beginners,” wrote the following: “Some say that prayer, and “the spiritual life,” or “the inner life,” or the soul’s private love affair with God, is an unaffordable luxury today, or an irresponsible withdrawal from the pressing public problems of our poor, hurting world. I say just the opposite: that nothing, nothing is more relevant and responsible…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “pray without ceasing.” James 4:2 NKJV You lust and do…

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – Using Pattern Theology to Answer Questions

In this lesson, Mike reviews the arguments used to support the inspiration of the Bible and how to answer questions concerning the faith using the device of pattern theology. So far in our class we’ve tried to respond to various questions that you have submitted concerning different areas of faith and Bible study and religion. I’ve tried to remind you each week of the guiding principles that we have and we need to remember when having a religious discussion with…

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – What Makes the Churches of Christ Unique? – Part 2

In this lesson, Mike continues to answers the most asked questions about the Churches of Christ and how it is different from other churches claiming Jesus as Lord. In our class we’re answering various questions about the Bible and religion that we have been asked by others. When answering these I’ve told you to observe the ground rules: Respect other’s sincerity Keep it biblical Be patient Of course these rules can’t always be practiced. For example: You’re being aggressively ridiculed…

Peak of the Week: Why Pray – How To Pray, Part 1

How To Pray Matthew 6:5-15 Prayer can be a difficult action to perform because we may not know how to pray to God. Luke 11:1– Prayer is offering our words to God. How Not To Pray, Matthew 6:5-8 Do not pray like the ____________ (vs. 5) To be seen by people Instead, pray in your private room (vs. 6) Jesus says to shut the door and pray in private to the Lord. 1 Timothy 2:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 So what…

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Deny Your Self, Part 4

Deny Yourself Our last requirement, to many of us, is the hardest and the most controversial. Here’s what Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Compound this passage with a companion scripture a few chapters later in Luke. Here Jesus says, “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and…

Bible Warfare: How to Defend your Faith – What Makes the Churches of Christ Unique? – Part 1

In this lesson, Mike answers the most asked questions about the Churches of Christ and how it is different from other churches claiming Jesus as Lord. I think that most folks in this class know our procedure and our purpose in this particular series. I’m answering Bible questions that you’ve submitted about topics that you have been asked about and perhaps were not able to answer, or they could be questions you yourself have had wanted a clearer answer to.…

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Bear Much Fruit, Part 3

Bear Much Fruit This is found in John 15:1-17, particularly verse 8: “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” A DISCIPLE UNDERSTANDS FRUITFULNESS Even from the first page or two in your Bible, God sets forth the principle of ____________________________. Fish reproduced fish. Birds reproduced birds. Cattle reproduced cattle. Apple trees produce seeds that will create more apple trees. And even humans, as God created us, were to reproduce other…

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – 4 Principles of Personal Evangelism

4 Principles of Personal Evangelism In this lesson, we see how to share your faith with people of different religious backgrounds. We also examine four principles of evangelism found in the New Testament. As always, we begin our class with the rules we try to follow when discussing faith or religious issues with other people: Respect others’ sincerity, even if you don’t agree with their beliefs. This means listening politely while they talk and try to explain. If you listen…

Peak of the Week: Discipleship Requirements – Love One Another, Part 2

LOVE ONE ANOTHER We are taking a closer look at four specific statements of Jesus as he called people into a life of discipleship. Today we give emphasis to Requirement #2, which is to “Love One Another.” This one is found in John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” LOVE…

Bible Warefare: How to Defend Your Faith – Miscellaneous Questions about Baptism and Forgiveness

Miscellaneous Questions about Baptism and Forgiveness Mike answers questions concerning which baptism is the one true baptism found in the Bible, and when forgiveness is applied. Each lesson in the series on how to defend your faith begins with a reminder of the rules of engagement. Respect other people’s sincerity even if you disagree with their beliefs. Stick to the Bible and what it says about the issue you may be discussing. Be patient. It takes time for people to…