What’s that mean?

Ever notice that Christians have these fancy terms that few if any other people use?  And some of the words may have a different meaning in scripture than how the average Joe would use it (like faith).  Some of these terms are critical to the gospel message.  I tried to make sense of it all and I hope I can explain in a way that is easy for all of us to understand.  As I studied these, it was quite interesting to see how these words are used in the Greek and throughout the scriptures.  I don’t know Greek, but googling the Strong’s definitions of the Greek/Hebrew terms and looking at the context in the Bible has helped quite a bit.  We will discuss some of these terms in the next few posts.  Let’s begin with the scripture that is the heart of the gospel message and incorporates most of these terms.  I hope you read on and that God blesses you and gives you and me more insight. Continue reading “What’s that mean?”

The Spirit is a Guarantee

guarantee sealedIn the previous post on God’s promises, we talked about the Holy Spirit promised by God to those who believe to help us, guide, pray for us, convict us.  The Spirit lives in us to help us grow.  God also reminds us that it is His great grace that gives us salvation.  Nothing we can do will earn our way into heaven or gain God’s favor.  He did it all.  He gave us grace, the undeserved favor.  Christ went to the cross to take away our sins.  His work saves us.  It is through faith we are saved.  And He gives us the Spirit as a guarantee of our salvation.  Continue reading “The Spirit is a Guarantee”

Resurrection Sunday…He has Risen!

Easter time…I call it Resurrection Sunday.  It is not about bunnies and eggs.  That is derived from pagan rituals.  I am not sure why some churches include these things during this time of year, like egg hunts.  Maybe I’m a scrooge, but I want to remember this day as a day of celebration of the sacrifice that Jesus made dying on the cross, taking the sins of the world with Him and putting them to death, being raised on the third day, and lives today to intercede for us.  He is our Light and our Salvation.  By trusting in Him, we have eternal life. Continue reading “Resurrection Sunday…He has Risen!”

God’s Promise: The Holy Spirit

Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation.  As one becomes a believer, the Holy Spirit gives him strength as He lives inside Him.  Not sure how this works, but I know the Spirit works in us to guide, us, to pray for us, to convict us to do the right thing and change from doing what’s wrong.  Sometimes He gives us the words to say as we share what God has done for us or when we have conflicts or whatever. Continue reading “God’s Promise: The Holy Spirit”

The Role of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is mentioned throughout the Bible.  He is described in Genesis hovering over the waters when the earth was first formed.  He filled the Kings and judges to give them strength and wisdom, and came upon Jesus at the start of His ministry.  He indwells those who follow Christ and we are baptized by the Holy Spirit and given spiritual gifts by Him.  He prays for us, guides us and gives us fruit to grow and edify others. Continue reading “The Role of the Holy Spirit”