Th church of Christ was established by Christ to bring glory to God. Two millennia later, it remains on earth. Why? Beyond the overarching purpose of glorifying Himself through Christ, His Son, what was God’s design for the church? The mission of the church is distinct and powerful but it has often misunderstood and the bride of Christ has been used for other purposes. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak. we look at Why The Church Exists.
The Golden Rule is one of the most well-known maxims in all of religion or even world philosophies. Most religions claim some form of this rule but Jesus is the only person who ever stated it exactly as He did. Some attempt to reduce Christianity to only keeping The Golden Rule. While there is much more to following Christ, it is a sweeping truth that will transform every relationship we have with others. But there are at least two other related philosophies by which people are living their lives and these never attain the sublime height of living by the Golden Rule that Jesus gave. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we consider “Three Great Rules of Life.”
The New Covenant that was established through Jesus Christ is not only better in its very nature but in what it provides. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we continue our study of the New and Better Covenant and why it is folly to attempt to live under the Old Agreement.
The Bible reveals several covenants God has made with man at various times. Of these, two are particularly far-reaching in their scope. The Old Covenant was established through Moses with the ancient Jews. It was a fleshly covenant. The prophet Jeremiah pointed to a time, however, when God would establish a new covenant with spiritual Israel through Jesus Christ. Instead of being flashy, it is spiritual. Jews were born into the covenant by the essence of their physical birth and subsequent circumcision. God’s people would be born into the second covenant by means of a second birth and a circumcision of the heart. In part one of a two-part lesson, we learn about The New and Better Covenant.
Giving is a predominant theme throughout the word of God. God, Himself, is the Supreme Giver. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” Through the ages, His people have been taught to give back to Him by giving to His cause and by sharing with others. Though the practice of tithing, or giving a tenth of one’s property back to God, predates the Mosaic law, it was made a commandment unto the Israelites. Congregations of Christians are taught to collectively treasure up a portion of what they have been given each first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Is this the same thing as tithing? Are Christians commanded to tithe under the new covenant and if not, what are we to give to the local church?