The book of 1 John is a book of great encouragement and teaching for the believer.
Written late in the 1st Century, the Apostle John wrote the book to provide boundaries on our beliefs about Christ. The creeping philosophy of gnosticism was affecting the belief system of early believers. Was Jesus just a spirit? Was Jesus sometimes human and sometimes divine? What does a believer in Jesus believe about Jesus, and how does that believer live?
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Submitted by Brendan Kennedy, SS teacher
Claycomo Baptist Church
Kansas City, Mo.
A couple recently started attending my Sunday school class from out of the blue. They each came from theologically confused backgrounds, the wife from a United Pentecostal (Jesus only) church. I asked the Lord what He was doing in this couple’s life that they would suddenly show up in my class. He put it on my heart that I should immediately stop what we were doing and teach through the book of Acts. I did as I was told, and we got through less than half of the lesson I had prepared because the wife had so many questions about the Holy Spirit and baptism. She later came forward to request baptism at the invitation. The couple joined the church the following Sunday and attend faithfully. I am humbled that God would give me something so specific to do, and then use it to draw this woman to Himself. All glory to God!
A “Moving Forward” devotional
by Dr. Stephen Rummage, pastor
Bell Shoals Baptist Church
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another, and the
blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” 1 John 1:7.
California pastor Greg Laurie makes a simple observation: When he wears white pants, they get stained and spotted very quickly. He writes: “I want to blame it on the fact that I spill because I am wearing white pants, but the truth is that I spill all the time. I think I spill as much on my jeans as I do on my white pants. It is just that white pants display dirt.”
I can identify with Greg Laurie, and you probably can as well. You can probably also see the spiritual application behind his observation.
Read more, HERE.
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by Walker Moore, president/founder
Awe Star Ministries
I’m writing this article from a tiny Sunday School room in Primera Iglesia Bautista, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. I don’t make my living as a professional writer. If I quit writing, I’d be ahead financially. I’ve probably given away more books than I’ve sold. I always joke that my books sell for $20, but normally they don’t sell, so I give them away.
I spend most of my time as president of Awe Star Ministries challenging students to lay down their adolescence and step into the adult world. In other words, I call them to become like Jesus. I take them out of their comfort zone and give them the choice either to follow Jesus as an adult or go home.
Below is the conclusion of an essay by Dr. Jeremy Evans – SEBTS professor of philosophy – that is found in Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism.
The block quote* cited is from an essay by Dr. Ken Keathley – SEBTS professor of theology – that is found, here: Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue, (B&H, 2008), 214.
I moved from a Reformed view of the will to a libertarian view during my time as a seminary student. Interestingly, the move occurred not because of my professors; most of my professors were admittedly Calvinists. Instead, I grew to consider libertarianism as the view with the least pressing problems ranging over the most significant areas of inquiry. It was hard enough reconciling determinism with a meaningful account of human freedom and even harder to understand how God, knowing that everyone is in need of a Savior, would not enable everyone to accept the offer of new life in Christ. I felt the intellectual transition away from Geneva was needed to avoid what I considered to be problems bigger than those faced by non-Reformed views of the will. Ken Keathley makes an excellent point here in defense of Molinism (a libertarian view of freedom):
*If Molinists have to appeal to mystery … they do so at a better and more reasonable point. I’d rather have the Molinist difficulty of not being able to explain how God’s omniscience operates than the Calvinist difficulty of explaining how God is not the author of sin. In other words, Molinism’s difficulties are with God’s infinite attributes rather than His holy and righteous character.
Those same sentiments provided the impetus for my journey away from Calvinism.