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As I have been teaching through the book of 1 John, a lot of people have asked me what the "sin that leads to death" is. I didn't have a good chance to cover this during one of the messages, so I attempted to answer the question over on Riv's blog today. You can check it out here.
Last weekend at Riv, I taught on John's command (which he got from Jesus) that we are to love one another. After one of the services, someone asked me a common question: "I know I am commanded to love people, but do I have to like them?" Here were my two answers...
Over the last 12 weeks, we went through a series at Riv that was different from anything we've ever done... We asked you to tell us what we should preach on ...and it turned out to be the best summer series ever. We had you text and tweet in the questions that you had "under the cushions" of your mind about faith, Christianity, and the like. Then, we had 11 ...
A recent scandal with a well-known Christian leader prompted a Rivite to post a question on my Facebook wall. "Should the (for lack of a better word) common folk of a church believe/trust everything their pastor says?" Here's my response...
Jesus' blood has set us free from sin – and also from the Old Testament law. Because of this, we love God and love people.
In just under a month, we're going to be starting a new series at Riv called "Under the Cushions," and we need you to tell us what to preach on.
This weekend at Riverview, I taught through a good chunk of Matthew 18 and I was glad to see a few people caught something odd: there's no Matthew 18:11 in the ESV. In fact, you won't find the verse in the New International Version (NIV) or the New Living Translation (NLT) either. The New American Standard Version puts it in parenthesis which indicates an uncertainty about whether it belongs in the Bible. So what gives? Why do some Bible translations skip Matthew 18:11?
In John 14:6, Jesus tells his disciples that he is "the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." If that is true, that means that He is Plan "A" for salvation – and there is no Plan "B". Jesus is the only voice calling out to save us. No one else is coming.
This is the last installment of a 3-part series that our Student Ministries Director Tony Pyle has been writing on the topic of Shepherding in the context of ministry.