Are You a Cultural Christian?
Coming off last weeks message on the Parable of the Sower, we identified there were four conditions of soil or better described, there were four types of believers. The first two conditions/unbelievers were representative of those who either completely rejected God’s Word or those who have a fleeting encounter with a trial that tests them. Thus, because of that test they don’t put their trust in God’s Word and quickly turned away. And the last two conditions three & four were representative of believers. The condition four believer was the mature, obedient, living a life of sharing God’s love and His Word and producing good fruit in the process. The condition three believer even though they have received God’s Word and believe, they never mature and produce fruit. Their cares are in the world and lose focus on living in obedience and serving their Lord. They spend their time seeking the riches and rewards the world has to offer instead of seeking those things in the eternal kingdom which God has promised was waiting for all believers who serve Him and not the world. Continue reading
The Parable of the Sower
Luke 8:4-8 (NKJV)
The Parable of the Sower
4 And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Continue reading
Transfiguration of Christ
The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament when Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36) describe it, and the Second Epistle of Peter also refers to it (2 Peter 1:16–18). It has also been hypothesized that the first chapter of the Gospel of John alludes to it (John 1:14).
The purpose of the transfiguration of Christ was to reveal Himself in His heavenly glory. It was so His disciples who accompanied Him could gain a greater understanding of the truth of who Jesus was. Jesus underwent a dramatic change in appearance that allowed the disciples to witness Him in His glory. These disciples until that moment had only known Him in His human body, but now they see the true deity of Christ, even though they could not fully comprehend it. Continue reading