Is it a given that those who read the bible will “understand it differently?” There is so much division over what the Bible supposedly teaches that the modern mantra is “there are many interpretations of scripture.” Is this true? The bible is a message to man from God. In every form of communication, there are three elements involved: a source; a message; and a receiver. If there is a breakdown in communication, the fault must necessarily lie with one of these three. So, why do we not see the Bible alike? Who or what is at fault? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we examine three proposed answers to this question. We also launch a new look on LTBS and hope you enjoy it.
While we have been re-airing a sermon series from a few years ago on our broadcast stations, we have been working on some changes behind-the-scenes. This video explains more. Thank you for watching, listening and reading our sermons!
The year 2020 brought disappointments, difficulties, and sorrows to many lives. We would like to see the new year as a time to turn the page and anticipate better days. Though we pray that this will be, we do not know what lies before us in 2021. The book of Joshua tells of the time when the Children of Israel came to the River Jordan to cross over and possess the Promised Land. How would they cross the flood-swollen waters and where would they go if and when they entered? Canaan was a strange and unfamiliar place filled with fortified cities and formidable foes. The people were instructed to follow behind the Ark of the Covenant and God would lead the way and protect them. As we stand at the threshold of a new year, we are, for better or for worse, preparing to leave behind the desert of the past with its failures, disappointments, and shortcomings and enter the future with its promises but also its uncertainties. As the Lord told the people long ago: “You have not passed this way before” and it would be foolish to brave this unknown territory without Jehovah as our guide. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we are reminded of some important resolutions that we should make as we “cross over.”
As we come to the end of the series ‘Jesus Saves’ where we have studied the specific conversion accounts in the book of Acts, we now come to the city of Ephesus. The apostle Paul encountered a group of disciples who had to be baptized a second time. Why was this necessary? In today’s broadcast, we learn why their first immersion was inadequate and we pose the same question Paul asked them: Into what were you baptized? Find out why it makes a difference how, why, and when we are immersed.
When Paul ventured to the city of Corinth, he encountered a wicked culture. The very name of the city was synonymous with sexual immorality. Paul, however, found a godly couple in the city who welcomed him into their home and he began a fruitful work in Corinth. Even the ruler of the local synagogue was converted and others followed. Due to the culture and perhaps other factors, the church faced challenges through the years ahead but the power of the gospel and Paul’s perseverance resulted in a church existing in what many would consider an unlikely place. Do we sometimes wring our hands and despair over the state of our own culture and think the gospel can have no effect in such a dark place? As we continue our series in the book of Acts entitled “Jesus Saves”, in today’s broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we see that the Christians at Corinth came out of some of the most sinful backgrounds we can imagine but Paul later reminds them and us that they had been washed, sanctified, and justified. If Christ could affect such a change in them, He can give you a new life too regardless of what you have done.