Jesus and the Old Testament…..continued
In the last post we considered that Jesus did not come to set aside the moral commands of the OT, rather He came to fulfill them.
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:17-19 NAS).
What relevance, if any, does the Old Testament have for the New Testament believer? That is not a question to be left to Bible scholars with little or no practical value for the “people in the pew.” It is of tremendous practical concern for the church and the individual Christian. Walter Kaiser Jr. states this very clearly,
It is no exaggeration to claim that this question outranks every other problem in Christian theology. The manner in which this question is solved affects every other area of theology in one way or another. Therefore, we can pose no more fundamental question in all of theology: the answer to this problem will leave its mark in every realm where we can formulate and act out our theology.
What is the relevance of the OT for the NT believer? Read more
It is important to instruct children with the Scripture as we discipline them. Read more
There are many ways a father can provoke his children to anger. However, no matter what form this sin takes the essence of it is when he fails to reflect God the Father in the way he deal with his children. In the last message I address two more ways a father can provoke his children to anger. Read more
The way a father treats his children has a tremendous impact upon the development of their character and their eternal destinies. According to the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:4 , there is particular sin, if a father persist in it, can undermine all his efforts to bring his children to Christ. Listen to or watch the message to discover what this sin is. Read more
Many parents wait on special opportunities to seek to bring their children to Christ. However there is a point of contact we have with them everyday which provides continual opportunities to evangelize them-that is, if we do it the right way. What is that point of contact? Take time to listen to the message and find out.
Evangelizing our children is not an activity distinct from our daily training and nurture of them. If we train and nurture them as Paul outlines for us in Ephesians 6:1-4 then that training and nurture will be evangelistic. In this message I address the the biblical context in which we are to evangelize our children:
-A healthy church life
-A healthy home life Read more