THE CHRISTIAN’S FAITH IN THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
Have you ever stopped to think about what is the one thing the entire faith of the Church and everything written in the Bible concerning Jesus is dependent upon that makes it different than any other religious practice today?
The Resurrection of Christ.
Without the resurrection of Christ, our faith has no meaning. It would be worthless and without His resurrection, the faith of the church and what it believes would be just another false religion. Therefore, this would mean Jesus is buried having never risen and His claim to be the Son of God and holding the
the power to defeat and overcome death were lies. So what reason would we have to trust in Him for our own salvation from death?
If being raised from the dead is true and it happened as the gospels and the epistles of the New Testament testified, well that changes everything for us. Then it means that only Jesus has the power to conquer death and we can put our trust in Him to raise us from the dead as well. It would mean God’s word is trustworthy and we know Jesus is the Truth and the Life. Continue reading →
Lacking Nothing: We Are Able To Suffer Trials With Joy
This is the first part of a series on the topic on how we need to face suffering/persecution in our lives.
The letter of James begins by telling us we need to have joy in something that normally will bring distress and anxiety. James says as Christians we are to expect and even welcome the trials in our lives.
James 1:2-4 (NKJV)
2My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
We as Christians probably question how can we actually find joy in suffering. After all, the two words seem like an oxymoron. To suffer does not bring joy and to know joy there is no suffering. So how does this make sense? Continue reading →