The Gospel (Page 4)

The Gospel (Page 4)

The gospel in 1 Timothy 1:15

Photo credit: © genotar1 – Fotolia.com With this post we welcome our new pastor, Andrew Courtis, to the Hills Bible Church Blog. 1 Timothy 1:15 is right up there with John 3:16 as a great mini gospel text. It summarizes the grand truths of the gospel in a short memorable statement. Consider these simple (yet profound) words: “the saying is trustworthy and deserving…

Evangelism: Words vs Deeds

“The belief that we can “preach the gospel” with our actions alone represents muddled thinking. However important our actions may be (and they are very important indeed) … they are not “preaching the gospel.” … If the gospel is to be communicated at all, it must be put into words.”

The Spirit of Prophecy

Often we think of prophecy as some sort of futuristic prediction. We can be quite self-centred, thinking that prophecy is a proclamation of what God has in store for me and my life specifically in the future. Of course God could tell us such things. However prophecy in the Bible very rarely works like that.

Headings in the Bible

Religious rules won’t help us live for Christ and put sin to death. But if we focus on Jesus, on things above, we will be able to put sin to death and live to please God (Col. 3:1-4). So we are to set our minds on things above: on Jesus. We are to put to death earthly things, such as rules and our sins!

Some more thoughts on Predestination

In a previous blog I wrote about “Predestination and Free Will”.  I believe that Christians who don’t accept the Bible’s teaching on predestination are forfeiting the great assurance and comfort that this doctrine affords. On the one hand, I think they may misunderstand God’s sovereignty, and on the other hand, human free will.  If God is sovereign, surely salvation is…

This is War!

The devil still fights us. Though he has been defeated by Jesus he goes on to make war on the church (Revelation 12:7f). The devil attacks the church by physical persecution (Revelation 13). But he also attacks the church by the more subtle attack of false teaching, which distorts the truth and takes Jesus’ servants away from him.

The Sinfulness of Sin

Nothing, I am convinced, will astonish us so much, when we awake in the resurrection day, as the view we shall have of sin and the retrospect we shall take of our own countless shortcomings and defects. Never till the hour when Christ comes the second time shall we fully realize the ‘sinfulness of sin’.