The Perfect Church Part 4: Real Hope

Jesus Christ brings to the world something it desperately needs: Hope. And by hope, I don’t just mean wishful thinking. I mean real hope. In Scripture when the Bible uses the word “hope,” it’s referring to something we can expect with confidence, a sure thing. (Read 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10)

For the believer that hope includes a guaranteed home in heaven, and the sure return of the Lord Himself. That kind of hope should be overflowing our lives. It should be contagious. Continue reading

Balance Beam Doctrines

I remember a wise preacher once saying: “God has given us everything we need to know about how to have a relationship with Him.” It is one of those statements that has stayed with me from that day until this, and will likely stay with me the rest of my life. It is a favorite saying of mine. The reason I bring it up here is because this preacher made this statement while dealing with doctrines like election and grace. I am being careful to say election and grace, because the arguments over these doctrines often devolve into debates about election versus grace. That is not how the Scriptures present them and it’s why I refer to these truths (and other Bible doctrines like them) as balance beam doctrines, because if you lean too far to one side or the other, you are in danger of falling. Continue reading