Do you pray for the lost people around you? There are people all around you who need Jesus. He wants to use you to reach them. Here are some of the specific ways you too can pray for people the in your life who need Christ:
Most modern people don’t quite get the Bible’s obsession with idolatry. We think of idolatry as an ancient problem for backwards people who bowed down to statues, not a relevant one for sophisticated folks like us. But we aren’t beyond idolatry. We simply dress it up in different clothes. Acts 19 gives us 5 insights into the reality of idolatry for us today:
Nicodemus was an intellectual and leader of his people. He was a modern man in that he was a stranger to the best in his own religious heritage, he saw Jesus only as a religious superstar, and he hears Christ’s message in solely materialistic terms. Our society has the same myopic understanding of life. In our sensate world which cannot fathom a non-materialistic explanation for life, we must live lives which are undeniably carried along by the wind of the Spirit and ask ourselves which of these traits of Nicodemus we exhibit.
This idea of the Spirit and Jesus being equal with God would be alien to the Muslim or the Jew who ask “How is that worshiping one God?” Many other religions worship many Gods. Christianity is unique in its doctrine of the Trinity.
I worry that far too many of us attach the name “Christian” to ourselves without ever really stopping to consider what that name implies or the demands that name makes (or should make) on our lives. we seem to feel free to call ourselves Christians so long as we simply believe that Jesus was the Christ.But is that really all that Christianity is about? Believing something the Bible says even the devil believes? Shouldn’t Christianity be more than just a list of beliefs? Shouldn’t it also be a particular way of life?
I have compiled a short list of 4 clear teachings of Jesus that most of us who exist within Evangelicalism have either never heard, refuse to acknowledge, or believe the exact opposite of. It’s my hope that by rereading these teachings of Christ, you will be inspired, like I have been, to return to the Gospels and begin to reshape your faith and life around the way and teachings of our Master, Jesus. Get ready and buckle up, because most of what Jesus says is pretty bold and potent. It’ll shake up your faith!
There are 318 references to Jesus’ second coming in the New Testament—roughly 1 out of every 13 verses mentions it. And nearly every moral command in the NT is tied to the second coming. It’s not an embarrassing, uneducated uncle of Christian theology; it’s essential to our faith. Here are four changes that the imminent return of Jesus should produce in us:
God can help us. God is a Father. We need God’s good things to help us to “do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before God.” We need Divine aid to act brotherly, wisely, and nobly, and to judge truly, and charitably. God’s help to do all these things in God’s way is secured by prayer. “Ask, and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
On May 4, Mark Driscoll preached at Mars Hill Church in Seattle on Acts 6:1–7. As usual, the video of the sermon was not posted on the church's website until two weeks later. However, Mars Hill Church deleted a section from the video of Driscoll's original message. In that deleted section, Driscoll distinguished between sin and mistakes, claiming that Jesus never sinned but that he did make mistakes. Driscoll was referencing Luke 2:52, where Jesus is said to have grown in "wisdom and stature."