I’m confident you’ve come across this, but misperceptions occasionally rise over theological matters. A well-meaning colleague recently explained that the gospel is really about the future transformation of the cosmos. He asserted, “One day all that remains of creation will be upended in the glory of God.”
I recognized his position. Disappointments crush us and darkness remains. Undeniably, many splendid things will be revealed after Jesus’ second coming.
Yet, the gospel of the...Read More
Christians emphasize Jesus’ "coming," but I'm not sure they always understand what that word means. Not every biblical reference to "coming" is actually about the end of days.
Our English Bible translations typically utilize “coming” for the Greek word “parousia.” However, the term actually means presence, arrival, or a ceremonial visit from an official.
N. T. Wright, a prominent New Testament theologian, affirms that parousia
"is usually transl...Read More
In the summer of 2013, I traveled to South America and had the privilege of ministering in several churches. One of the congregations that I ministered in had been in the midst of an explosive revival over previous years. In fact, you could sense the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit as soon as you entered the building.
However, as the service concluded that evening, I noticed that they didn't pray for the sick.
I asked the pastor about it.
He said, “Oh, we have had...Read More
I spent years deliberately avoiding signs and wonders. Although I accepted their biblical legitimacy, I thought they were mostly frivolous. I saw them as the concerns of weak-minded people — parlor tricks for those devoid of sound doctrine.
Nevertheless, God challenged me in these assumptions. Through prayer and spiritual encounter, I began to perceive new realities.
Within time, I began to call out healings in church services and see people encounter breakthrough. When I went...Read More
First-century followers of Jesus grasped the relationship between miracles and gospel-proclamation. What's said and what's displayed are merely different sides of the same coin.
An example of this outlook is demonstrated in the Book of Hebrews. The text reads:
“This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders, and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to h...Read More
"Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel'” (Mark 1:14b-15).
While the message of the Kingdom of God is undoubtedly prevalent in Scripture, Christians seem to be preoccupied with other things.
For example, in America, you often hear the “gospel of salvation.” Every Sunday, thousands of Bible-believing pastors draw upon the Gospel of John to tell their congr...Read More