Jesus connects the mission of the church, the reception of the Holy Spirit, and forgiveness. He makes forgiveness what the church, the community of disciples, does in the world.
Forgiveness is reconciliation, the beginning of intimacy with God. That relationship saves us, by degrees, to become the love that has saved us.
Most of us spend our lives trying to search out the dimmest light. We want to be noticed, but not too clearly. Watch the video of Scott Kisker and Kevin Watson discussing the band meeting.
The charge is sometimes laid at Wesleyan-Arminianism that it is a human-centered theology. In today's Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Joshua McNall helps clarify the origin of salvation and how this illuminates the character of God.
Could it be that the problem facing the church is much larger and more significant than has typically been realized? Maybe the simplest way to put it is that we are all addicts.
Watch this Seven Minute Seminary by Dr. Virginia Holeman as she makes the connection between the trinitarian God of Christianity and the process of healing and sanctification for all person.
Around chapter 3 in the Letter to the Hebrews, the author begins what may be considered the formal argument that attempts to persuade and encourage the Christians to remain in their faith.
Hebrews 2 in particular helps fill in some of the areas left open in Paul's exposition of the gospel. The chapter begins with the first of the warning passages in this letter.
The Letter to the Hebrews is a long sermon written to encourage Christians facing adversity.
In today's Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. Steven Bruns looks back to history in order to discover the models used by the church during some of the church's most vibrant eras.