Basic Christianity, Part Seven: Creation

In previous articles we have examined reasons to study Christianity, we have defined who God is and how He has revealed Himself, paying special attention to the Bible. Today we turn our attention to the creation of the world. A question that comes immediately to mind when examining creation is “why?” We can’t help but wonder why God created the world. If God is perfect it can’t be that he needed the world or people to complete His happiness. The …

Blog of the Week – The Irvins

This week’s featured blog is The Irvins. This site is run by Tim Irvin (aka Jabbok), is dedicated to Reformed Christianity and is updated on a near-daily basis. It also contains a wealth of information about Reformed creeds and beliefs (scroll down a bit and look for the menu on the left side of the screen). I found the article about “The Errors of the Invitation System” particularly interesting, though there seems to be a problem with disappearing paragraphs near …

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The Purpose Driven Life – Day Forty – Living With Purpose

This is the fortieth and final chapter of The Purpose Driven Life. As I expected, it wraps up with a review of the five sections and encouragement to develop a personal purpose statement. Rick Warren begins the chapter with a discussion about the importance of a personal “Life Purpose Statement.” Such a statement will keep me focused on achieving all of my purposes and help me remember what is most important in my life. He provides five questions that I …

The Purpose Driven Life – Day Thirty Nine – Balancing Your Life

Blessed are the balanced; they shall outlast everyone. In chapter thirty nine of The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren describes a life of balance – a life that is equally devoted to each of our five purposes. He provides five pointers for keeping on track with a balanced life. Talk it through with a spiritual partner or group. We learn best through community, so we should be sure to share our journey with other people. Give myself a regular spiritual …

Day Thirty Eight – Becoming A World-Class Christian

Day thirty eight of The Purpose Driven Life discusses the difference between a worldly Christian and a world-class Christian. Whereas worldly Christians are most concerned about themselves and their own happiness and blessing, world-class Christians are far more concerned with their mission of reaching the lost. As the world shrinks through increased transportation and communication it becomes easier and easier for Christians to fulfill their mission of reaching out to the world. Rick Warren provides several pointers on how to …

Basic Christianity, Part Six: The Bible

What Is The Bible? The Bible is, at the most obvious level, a book. Admittedly that does not sound like anything remarkable. The word Bible is simply the Greek word for “book,” and is the same root from which we derive the words “bibliography” or “bibliophile.” Yet the Bible is exceptional among books as it came into existence in a unique way. The Bible is a book that contains within in sixty six other books. These books were written by …

Day Thirty Seven – Sharing Your Life Message

God has given me a life message to share. From the moment I became a Christian I became a messenger of God. I have a life message that I am to share with unbelievers and this message contains four parts. My testimony. My testimony is the story of how God has made a difference in my life. My job is not to try to convict others, but simply to be a witness to them of what God has done in …

Day Thirty Six – Made For A Mission

Day thirty six of The Purpose Driven Life begins the discussion of my fifth and final purpose, “made for a mission.” God is at work in the world and He wants me to join Him in doing this work. I am to have a ministry within the body of believers and a mission to the rest of the world as my service to unbelievers. Warren provides several reasons why my mission is important. My mission is a continuation of Jesus’ …

Basic Christianity, Part Five: God’s Revelation

In this article we turn our attention to what Christians believe about the ways God has revealed Himself to humans. We have already looked at this briefly, so today we will review the two ways God has revealed Himself to us and provide some details about each. In a previous article we answered the question of how God has revealed Himself to us. We saw that he has used Natural Revelation and Special Revelation. We saw that Natural Revelation is …

Day Thirty Five – God’s Power In Your Weakness

God loves to use weak people. In reality if He wishes to use people to do His work on earth He does not have much choice, for we all have imperfections: physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. The important thing is not whether or not we have weaknesses, but what we do with them. If we deny, excuse or hide them, we prevent God from doing what He desires in and through us. As he wants to use our strengths for …