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by David Guzik - 3 years ago

7 Surprising Things You Need to Know About Jesus' Life

Strange and important events fill the pages of history and our individual life. Sometimes, we think about great events and wonder, “Did that have to happen?” Could the crime have been stopped? Could the accident been prevented? Could the good thing that came to us worked out a different way? The Christian has peaceful confidence in God’s hand on history. When we think about the events in God’s plan, we know...

by David Guzik - 3 years ago

A Calvary Chapel Perspective on Preaching

From the very beginning of Christianity the disciples of Jesus gathered for worship, prayer, community, evangelism, and the reading and teaching of God’s Word. It could be said that all Christians through all ages practice these things, but different groups place different emphasis on the individual parts. In the Calvary Chapel family of pastors and congregations, reading and teaching the Bible is important...

by David Guzik - 4 years ago

Ordinology: What is Worship?

The idea of Christian worship is rooted in both the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word commonly translated worship means to bow down before a lord or master. In the New Testament, the Greek word commonly translated worship also means to reverently bow down, or even to lie down in submission before someone worthy of honor. Our English word worship comes from the idea of worth-ship or reco...

by David Guzik - 4 years ago

Disagreeing Agreeably About Soteriological Issues

Soteriology is a technical word in Christian theology describing how men and women gain salvation in Jesus Christ. Christians agree that Jesus is the Savior, but disagree amongst themselves as to how exactly that salvation happens.It’s important to remind ourselves that there is far more agreement than there is disagreement among Christians on the matter of salvation. Broadly, Christians among different den...

by David Guzik - 4 years ago

The Purpose Of Sex: Homosexuality And The Bible

Over the past several years there is not a more controversial subject in the Christian community than homosexuality and how believers should regard it. Perhaps nothing more can be said that hasn't already been said. Even so, I offer a couple of things to think about.Remember the Purpose of SexThe great message Christianity has for the world regarding sex is this: Sex has purpose and meaning. When i...

by David Guzik - 4 years ago

The Divinity of Jesus & 5 Reasons it Matters

In the past many months I've been preaching through the Gospel of John. Every time we give fresh attention to the Bible we see things that surprise us all over again. One surprise for me is how often and how clearly John's Gospel tells us that Jesus Christ was and is God. To give just a few examples:• John began his Gospel with a clear statement that Jesus is God (John 1:1-2)• Jesus claimed that belie...

by David Guzik - 4 years ago

Pitfalls of Dispensationalism

Dispensationalism is a way of looking at the Bible that understands God's unfolding plan––that He has worked in somewhat different ways with and through different peoples. The word "dispensation" comes from the idea “to dispense, that is, to measure out and appoint for.”Especially, dispensationalism understands that in some ways God worked one way through Israel and another way through the Gentiles, and in ...

by David Guzik - 4 years ago

The Inspiration of the Bible

What Is Inspiration?When we say the Bible is inspired we normally don't mean it in the same way we might say that Shakespeare was inspired or a really good song is. The Bible is full of artistic beauty, but when we say the Bible is inspired we mean much more. We mean that God is the source of the Bible and that He worked through human authors to bring forth the specific words of what they originally wrote...

by David Guzik - 4 years ago

How to Respond when You become a Public Piñata

Jesus said that the servant is not above the master, and if our Master is Jesus, then we should expect to be both criticized and misunderstood. Perhaps criticism especially hurts for those in some kind of Christian service, but then again most everyone feels the sting from time to time.Jesus was often criticized and misunderstood, and so was one of His most famous ancestors - King David. One notable occasio...

by David Guzik - 4 years ago

Overcoming Moralism In The Church

Paul wrote something remarkable in 1 Corinthians 2:2: “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified”. Paul used a bit of apostolic hyperbole; after all, he did speak and write to the Corinthians about more than Jesus and His crucifixion. He also told the Corinthians how they should live in response to who Jesus is and what He did.Nevertheless, Paul wrote, “I determin...