Thursday, June 26 2008
I am asked often what the difference between us (being oneness) and the Trinitarians are? The answer is simple...the doctrine of the oneness is defined by Rev. David Bernard in his book The Oneness of God (http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/pentecostal/one-Top.htm):
The belief in only one God is called monotheism, which comes from two Greek words: monos, meaning alone, single, one; and theos, meaning God. Anyone who does not accept monotheism can be classified as one of the following: an atheist who denies the existence of God; an agnostic - one who asserts that the existence of God is unknown and probably unknowable; a pantheist - one who equates God with nature or the forces of the universe; or a polytheist - one who believes in more than one God. Ditheism, the belief in two gods, is a form of polytheism, and so is tritheism, the belief in three gods. Among the major religions of the world, three are monotheistic: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
Within the ranks of those labelling themselves Christian, however, there are several divergent views as to the nature of the Godhead. One view, called trinitarianism, asserts that there are three distinct persons in the Godhead - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost - but yet one God.
The doctrine of the oneness of God is found throughout the scripture including...
Deuteronomy 6:4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
This scripture established the idea among the Hebrew nation that God was one and therefore Jews continue to be monotheistic. We can look in the scripture and see that God is one and even it is in scriptures that are often overlooked. For example, when Jesus was coming into Jerusalem on the colt...the people yelled out...
Luke 19:38Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
The people in Jerusalem that day recognized Jesus as the God of Deuteronomy 6:4. We continue to recognize Jesus as God and therefore the Biblical doctrine of monotheism is preached from pulpits across the world.
Tuesday, June 24 2008
As many of you know, I have called Cornerstone Chapel to a fast. Each day, someone from the church will be praying and fasting for the individuals and the church as a whole to have a higher level of commitment and dedication. We need to be more committed to prayer, fasting and witnessing.
It was David that said...
1Samuel 17:29... Is there not a cause?
If we were to answer that...we would have to say that our cause is to preach the word to our community, but it takes a committed people willing to face some giants to have the victory that has been promised. We need to go on the offensive and when we do we will have the promise of the scripture to ensure that we will build a church...
Matthew 16:18...and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Saturday, June 21 2008
I have stated this before,but it is worth repeating. I am not a prophecy preacher. It is important to be ready for we do not know the day nor the hour, but every so often something will catch my eye and it is worth contemplating.
The following scripture is from the BBE version...
2Peter 3:10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; and in that day the heavens will be rolled up with a great noise, and the substance of the earth will be changed by violent heat, and the world and everything in it will be burned up.
This partial article was found on www.breitbart.com and the author is not listed...
The UN atomic watchdog chief warned on Saturday that an attack on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme would turn the region into a fireball, as Tehran rejected an Israeli strike as "impossible."
Mohamed ElBaradei also warned that he would not be able to continue in his role as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general should the Islamic republic be attacked.
His stark comments came as Iran stressed yet again that it will not negotiate with world powers over its nuclear programme if it is required to suspend its controversial uranium enrichment.
"A military strike (against Iran) would in my opinion be worse than anything else ... It would transform the Middle East region into a ball of fire," ElBaradei said in an interview with Al-Arabiya television.
Please draw your own conclusions!
Friday, June 20 2008
Our attitude dictates our direction. If we live victorious lives as children of the King then we will have victorious lives as children of the King. Our attitudes toward the Word of God and His principles will reveal our true nature. Simply put...
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
The church must be careful not to become arrogant and proud in our Christian walk. We cannot do this alone nor is it profitable to become holier than thou. Our lives are interwoven because we are the family of God and therefore should love one another as if we are going to spend eternity together. I am reminded of the story of the prodigal son. His brother became angry simply because he had been faithful and anther received the blessing. The following are the scriptures...
Luke 15:20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Luke 15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
Luke 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
Luke 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Luke 15:25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
Luke 15:26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
Luke 15:27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
Luke 15:28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
Luke 15:29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
Luke 15:30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
Luke 15:31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
Luke 15:32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
Tenper tantrums never work and therefore a waste of time. We are not all the same and faithfulness should be honored, but we know from Luke 15...
Luk 15:7I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Friday, June 13 2008
How important is it for us to know that we were baptized properly? Does it matter what the preacher said over us when we were dunked? There are many churches that baptize differently, but let us take a look at the scripture...
Matthew 28:16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
Matthew 28:17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
Matthew 28:18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
I bolded the eleven disciples in verse 16 because I wanted you to see the audience for which Jesus was speaking. This is significant because we are going to look at the method for which they baptized.
First, Jesus said to baptize in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Let us look at what the name is...
The name of the Father is Jesus...
Isaiah 9:6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
John 5:43I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
The name of the Son is Jesus...
Matthew 1:21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
The name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus....
John 14:26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
With the knowledge of who Jesus was, the disciples began to preach and baptize in the name of Jesus and this is found in multiple scriptures....
Acts 2:38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 8:16(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Acts 10:48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Acts 19:5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Romans 6:3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Galatians 3:27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Thursday, June 12 2008
There is a scripture that I pray...and quote. My lovely wife and I have discussed this scripture and how it applies to our lives. It is found in Psalms...
Psalms 143:10Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
As Christians, we have a great desire to do the will of God. It is imperative that we do and be in God's will or we will be on the outside looking in. Often times, people throw the phrase God's will around and it becomes cliche' for which I am guilty.
The ability to discern God's will is not something innate in us nor does it come simply by being a Christian. If this were so, the Psalmist would have not written Teach me to do thy will. The Basic Bible English (BBE) translation reads like this...
Psalms 143:10Give me teaching so that I may do your pleasure; for you are my God: let your good Spirit be my guide into the land of righteousness.
The BBE takes us completely out of the picture. He states so that I may do your pleasure. We often become blinded by our own desires and forget that we are to do what He wills. This principle was important enough to the Psalmist that he wrote...
Psalms 25:4Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Psalms 25:5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
These scriptures remind me of the story of Mary and Martha found in Luke 10...
Luke 10:38Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
Luke 10:39And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
Luke 10:40But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
Luke 10:41And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
Luke 10:42But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Martha was busy doing what she thought the Lord will, but found out that she was just busy. We can be busy doing the Lord's work or we can be in His will. This Biblical principle is found through prayer. I challenge you to pray as the Psalmist did that God would teach you to do His will and allow Him to open your eyes to His pleasures realizing that they often differ from ours.
Monday, June 09 2008
The ministry of Jesus is fascinating and it is a model for our ministry. In Luke 9, we read the following....
Luke 9:1Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
Luke 9:2And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Perhaps, this scripture would not normally pop off the page for you, but it struck a chord with me. Recently, the leadership within Cornerstone Chapel has been encouraged to find a place to preach the kingdom of God. We call it the Principles of Influence taken from the quote of leadership guru John Maxwell, Leadership is influence.
The concept is simple. We are taking the gospel to venues that are open to us teaching the Word including a detention facility among others. As a pastor, I have become more convinced that those that are able to do so should be teaching the gospel. Although, we often feel that all teaching and preaching is done within the four walls of the church building, our leaders are challenged to teach outside the church. This may include one on one Bible studies, but also organized small groups wherever available.
Recently, Cornerstone Chapel has heard this scripture many times, but it has been laid upon me and I cannot seem to shake it...
2Timothy 4:2Preach the word...
That is our mission!
Friday, June 06 2008
I realize that I have not been consistent with the blog, but I have alot of excuses (ok...a bad joke). Please be patient and I will be back. We had new flooring put in our house this week and I was trying to stay out of the way of the fine men that were working so hard.
In reading, I came across a portion of scripture that may be familiar to you. It is found in Luke...
Luke 8:23But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
Luke 8:24And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
If you took this scripture and isolated it, you would probably think that the disciples had a right to be scared that they would die. If you looked at this scripture alone, I could fully understand that these men, of whom some were highly skilled waterman, thought they would die on the lake.
Like any scripture, it is necessary to look at the whole picture. These men had been witnesses to miracles including the raising of the dead (Luke 7:14). Logic (and I use that term loosely) would dictate that these men should have been overflowing with faith in God, but it is apparent that it wavered especially when their own lives were in peril. Humanity sometimes kicks in and overwhelms our faith.
It is the question that Jesus asked them in verse that I find so interesting...
Luke 8:25And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
We should ask this question to ourselves and find out if our faith is strong enough to deal with the circumstances in our lives that arise. It is easy to have faith for others, but where is our faith when we are dealing with the issues that seem to overcome us. Remembering...
Ephesians 3:12In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.