The finite mind cannot fully comprehend something or someone infinite. The tendency of mankind, therefore, is to reduce God to human likeness. Since people change, some assume that God changes with the passing of time as well but such is not the case. God is immutable. He does not choose to be so, He IS so because He is God. Change implies something improving or declining; getting larger or smaller; etc. but God cannot change and still be God. How could we truly know God, much less place our faith in One who vacillates and changes from one age to the next? But how do we reconcile this with changes we observe in the word of God itself? Is this a contradiction or does it mean that God has changed? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look at the God who is unchanging in His purposes, His person, His pronouncements, and His promises.
Two viewers write to Let the Bible Speak asking if they have committed "the unpardonable sin" by falling away and turning back to the world. This and similar questions have often brought thoughts of doubt, defeat, and depression to many Christians. Some even wonder if they have committed what the bible describes as the sin with no forgiveness without even knowing it. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we turn to Matthew 12 to see what this sin actually involves. We will see what the unpardonable sin is NOT. We'll also discover that although we cannot repeat the same scenario that Jesus warned the religious leaders about at that time, there is yet a warning to be gleaned.
Is a great world conflict coming called the Battle of Armageddon? Futurist prophecy preachers have made a lot of hay out of Revelation 16:16 which speaks of the forces of evil being gathered at Armageddon to do battle. Is this a prophecy of a yet future carnal conflict in the Middle East site of Megiddo or something else being pictured as the revelation of Jesus Christ unfolds before John's eyes? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look at how a literal interpretation of The Battle of Armageddon fits into the traditional view of dispensational premillennialism and we offer an alternative view of what this conflict was and what it represented to the early church who originally received the revelation.
Does God expect His people to submit to scripture? Does it claim to have authority over the modern church? In the last lesson of a four-part series on the internal claims of scripture, we consider The Authority Of The Bible.
The bible was penned by some forty divinely inspired men over a span of fifteen-hundred years. The last writer put down his pen and rolled up the final scroll of scripture nearly two-thousand years ago. Is such a canon of writings really relevant to modern man? Should we view the bible as pertinent to the affairs of the church today? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we continue a series of lessons on the internal claims of scripture with a look at The Relevancy of the Bible.
Those who wrote down the scriptures claimed to be inspired of God in doing so. Inspiration does not refer to a vague leading but a specific guidance of the Holy Spirit in choosing the words which would perfectly communicate the mind and will of God to man. The bible is not merely a holy and divine book - it is the very Word of God. In part one of a series about the bible, we look at the bible's claim of inspiration. What does it mean? Why should we believe that claim? What difference does it make? We address those questions in this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak.
Millions of people describe themselves as followers of Jesus but do not have any affiliation or participation with a local congregation of the Lord's church. On the other extreme, others believe that having their name on a church roll or periodically frequenting worship assemblies, identifies them with Christ and thus, numbers them among the saved. Both views are a misunderstanding of the church and the Christian's relationship with the body. In this broadcast of 'Let the Bible Speak', we see what it means to be added to the church by Christ and why the Christian's participation in its collective work and mission is necessary to spiritual life.
The conflict is as old as time itself: God's thoughts versus man's thoughts. Pride and preconception will always blind a person's eyes to the truth. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn about a man who had a terrible disease of the body. Even worse, however, was the disease he had within his spirit. Learn what happened when a man who was accustomed to giving orders finally learned to take them.
Our series on Innovations concludes with a look at departures that have taken place from the original design of the Lord's Supper as instituted by Christ. The elements that Christ chose to commemorate His suffering and its result are profound in their simplicity. They reflect the unity and joint participation the church is to enjoy in the benefits of Christ's death and the new covenant that was thereby established. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, a look at how the later practice of multiple loaves and cups distorts the beautiful picture Christ originally portrayed in the divine feast.
Women have made an indelible mark on the modern world in business, politics, art, and religion. They have well-proven their intellect and talent to be equal to and in many cases, surpassing their male counterparts. Consequently, the rise of women's liberation and the women's rights movement has opened the pulpits of many churches to females to serve as pastors, teachers, evangelists, etc. Is this according to God's will or is it a change to the divine pattern for the work and worship of the church? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we continue our series on Innovations and the Divine Pattern by focusing on women preachers and teachers in the church.
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