What Does the Bible Say About

What Does the Bible Say About

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Homosexuality

Friday, July 31, 2015

Homosexuality is unnatural.

Homosexuals cannot reproduce. It takes a male and a female to make a baby. Human bodies are naturally designed for the physical union of a man and a woman. The LGBT lifestyles are against nature (Romans 1:26-28). God designed this relationship both for reproduction (Genesis 1:28) and for pleasure (Proverbs 5:18-19). However, He made clear laws (1) that this physical union was to be between a man and a woman, (2) that this union was for life, and (3) that any sexual relations outside of this union is a sin (Hebrews 13:4). See and consider what Jesus Himself said about marriage and God’s original design for it (Matthew 19:1-9).

 

Homosexuality is a sin.

Leviticus 18:22 – “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”

Sin, by definition, is to break God’s law (1 John 3:4). Any time we live in a way that goes against God’s law, we sin, and we are separated from a relationship with a Holy God (Isaiah 59:1-2). There is a term today called “sodomy” which refers to a homosexual relationship between two males. That term comes the Biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah, cities which God completely destroyed because of their wickedness, not limited to, but including homosexuality (Genesis 19).

 

God loves the homosexual, and He wants him or her to repent and come to Jesus.

Homosexuals are not worse sinners than any other sinners, and God loves them like He loves everyone else. But sin, any sin, will bring about the wrath of a Holy and Just God. Therefore, because He loves the whole world, He sent Jesus to die for the sins of the whole world, so that whoever comes to Jesus and believes in Him will be saved (John 3:16). Homosexuals can be forgiven and restored to Jesus if they repent, just like any other sinner.

 

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

 

Jesus is Lord

Friday, July 31, 2015

Jesus is Lord

 

Every person must answer the question, "who is Lord of my life?"

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11).

The very first sermon about who Jesus is was preached on the day of Pentecost. Peter proclaimed:

"Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified” (Acts 2:36).

There is only one who is Sovereign and that is Jesus Christ (Jude 4; 1 Corinthians 8:4).

 

We must obey the Lord

Jesus once asked:

"Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' and not do what I tell you?" (Luke 6:46).

If Jesus is Lord of your life you will obey Him. Is the Lord telling you to do something? Perhaps you need to obey Him by being baptized (Mark 16:16), forgiving someone who hurt you (Matthew 6:14-15), or sharing the gospel (Matthew 28:18-20). Whatever it is that Jesus is telling you to do, do it!

 

We must reject all other competing lords

Satan wants us to think that we can serve Christ as Lord and other lords at the same time. However Jesus said that is not possible:

"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money" (Matthew 6:24).

Every day we must put Jesus in charge of our lives so that we will not have room for any false lords (1 Peter 3:15).

 

Is Jesus your Lord?

 

Article from Roger Shouse and Zack Lee

Jesus is Savior of the World

Friday, July 31, 2015

Jesus is the Savior of the World

 

Many people believe that Jesus came to this earth only to bring social justice, exemplify a good moral life, and to be a great teacher. However, the Scriptures show us that Jesus came to this earth for a much higher purpose. Consider a few verses:

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11).

"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10).

"And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world" (1 John 4:14).

 

Jesus had a mission when He came to this earth. And that mission was to save us!

WHAT ARE WE SAVED FROM?

Jesus came to save us from our sins. We all have the same problem:

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

Since we have sinned we deserve death:

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

 However, Jesus died on the cross so that we can be saved from death and have eternal life! 

HOW ARE WE SAVED?

The Hebrew writer states that Jesus died for everyone (Hebrews 2:9). So, the good news is everyone has an opportunity to be saved. Unfortunately, not everyone will accept the gift of eternal life. 

The Bible shows us several things a person must do to be saved:

BELIEVE

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

REPENT

"No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3).

CONFESS

"because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved" (Romans 10:9,10).

BE BAPTIZED

"And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name." (Acts 22:16).

 

Article from Roger Shouse and Zack Lee

Jesus is the Son of God

Friday, July 31, 2015

Jesus is the Son of God

 

Jesus is our everything. It is essential that we come to believe in Him.

Jesus said:

"I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins" (John 8:24).

In order for us to come to Jesus we must first of all believe that He is the Son of God. The New Testament declares over and over that Jesus is in fact the Son of God. When Jesus asked His disciples who they considered Him to be the only answer that He would accept was:

"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16).

The Ethiopian Eunuch declared:

"I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God" (Acts 8:36).

After Saul's conversion he:

 "proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, 'He is the Son of God'" (Acts 9:20).

 

There are several reasons to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

His fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. 

The prophets declared that a Savior was coming. But not only did they say He was coming, they prophesied details of His life. There are hundreds of prophecies concerning events surrounding His birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection, and Jesus fulfills them all down to every last detail. That's no coincidence.

 

His sinless life.

Jesus is the only man to ever live a perfect, sinless life.  

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

"He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth" (1 Peter 2:22).

No one could say these things about us. We know that we have sinned many times. Jesus, however, never sinned.

 

His miracles.

Peter declared on the day of Pentecost:

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst..." (Acts 2:22).

Jesus healed the sick, calmed the sea, and raised the dead. Only deity would have such power.

 

His resurrection.

Perhaps the greatest proof that Jesus is the Son of God is His resurrection. Paul wrote He:

"was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord"         (Romans 1:4).

There is overwhelming evidence that proves that Jesus is in fact the Son of God.

Do you believe?

Article from Roger Shouse and Zack Lee

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