God told Moses, "no one shall see my face and live" while Paul tells Timothy that God "dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see". Yet God did appear to some in the OT theophanies (e.g. to Abraham, Joshua,Jacob,Isaiah). In resolving this dilemma we discover some important things about worship, about ourselves, and about the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A message on Rev. 1:15; "His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace". In the Bible, feet often used as powerful symbols, and that is the case here. We see how the shining feet of Christ in John's vision speak of his mission (to seek and to save those who were lost); his possession (of the land of salvation for his people), and his dominion (over all things). The apologetic content of this message lies in its interpretation of the symbolic use of feet in scripture.
Guest speaker Steven Bowers finds seven marks of a model church in Paul's letters to the Thessalonians. The model church is one that(1)has a message for its generation; (2)seeks to please God rather than itself; (3)stands strong against oposition; (4)works diligently; (5)has a hard-working leadership; (6)makes people matter; and(7)knows the Holy Spirit working in it.
Revelation chapter 1 shows us the glory of Christ as it is revealed to John in the vision of verses 9-20. But how may we experience the glory of Christ for ourselves? Must we deduce it by reasoning from the doctrines of Scripture or is there a better way ... one in which, like John, we may gain a direct perception of His glory? The answer is yes; faith is the spiritual sight by which we may experience directly for ourselves the glory of Christ.
The second of two back-to-back talks given at the "Who made God" conference at the Campus Church, Welwyn garden City, UK on 27 Feb. 2016, the first talk being "The necessity of God" ... an argument derived from current atheistic cosmologies! This second talk complements the first by identifying the specific characteristics of the biblical God. The presentation is based on Paul's address to the Athenian philosophers in Acts 17 and locates three cosmic 'identifiers' and three relational 'identifiers' that distinguish the true God from all imitations. These identifiers lead logically to the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
The first of two lectures given at an'Alpha & Omega'Conference at the Campus Church, Welwyn Garden City on 27 February 2016. We examine the three most popular cosmological arguments advanced by atheists in their attempt to prove the non-existence of God, namely (1) that God is an invention of the human mind; (2) that the idea of God has no explanatory value (the "Who made God?" question); and (3)that the universe created itself. Not only do we see that these arguments are based on fallacious reasoning but that they actually lead logically to the neccessity of God.
We are not truly preaching God's Word unless we put it to work, that is, apply it to people's lives. It must first be applied to the mind because the mind is the gateway to the soul, but this consideration leads us further to examine areas of application; Timothy must apply the Word to convince,rebuke and comfort those who hear.
Every believer has a gift of some kind, given by God to be exercised for the benefit of the body of Christ. But the attitude with which we exercise our gifts is just as important as the gifts themselves. God looks not just to our acts of service but to the way we carry them out.