A Return Journey

Where did I come from? Before I was conceived, where was I? Now that I am here, where am I going? After I died, where will I be? As human beings, “we are those who find ourselves between a birth we cannot remember and a death that we would rather forget”.[1] Before my parents conceived…

God’s Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Does God forgive everyone, believers and unbelievers? Before reflecting on this question, it is important to state outright that Christian Universalism is an erroneous teaching. Christian Universalism states “that there is no such thing as eternal hell or annihilation because God has planned the universe to produce a positive outcome for all people of all…

Establishing Trust – Part II

The Scripture commands us to love our enemies but never to trust them. On the other hand, while we love our friends and family members, we know from experiences that they do disappoint us because they are human too. In an ideal world, love and trust go hand in hand. Since we live in a…

Establishing Trust – Part I

The Scripture commands us to love others and love one another. Is this the same as trusting others and trusting one another? In Matthew 5:44, Jesus commands his disciples to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them (Luk 6:27,35). Does loving our enemies mean trusting them? It is naïve to think that…

The Priority of Church Leadership

Why do we gather on Sunday or any other weekday? This question is important if we want to understand the role of church leadership. If we are gathering for socialization, then there is no need for church leadership including pastors. On the other hand, if we gather for the sake of the Gospel, then the…

The Priority of Growing in Christ

A dead twig will never grow; a dead corpse will never move. This article does not focus on the spiritually dead in the institutional church even if they are baptized and are long term members. No one can convert the spiritually dead, only God. So, the prayer for the spiritually dead in the institutional church…

The Priority of the Community

By community, this article refers to the local church. In some of Paul’s epistles, there is a constant reference to the saints in a specific location such Rome (Rom 1:7), Corinth (1Co 1:2; 2Co 1:1), Ephesus (Eph 1:1), Philippi (Phi 1:1) and Colossae (Col 1:2). The assumption is that the saints form the local churches…

The Priority of the Gospel (Part 2)

To be a disciple of Christ is to be converted by God. No one can convert himself, and no one can convert another. To be converted is a radical change, from spiritually dead to spiritually alive. It is a change that radically alters a person’s life forever. Dever explains, “Scripture presents us as needing to…

The Priority of the Gospel (Part 1)

The New Testament Scripture is a collection of eye-witnesses’ account and the teaching of the Apostles (Acts 2:42). This collection is to provide an accurate account of Jesus’s ministry and teaching for the subsequent generations of disciples (Luke 1:1-4; 1Jo 1:1-4). This collection is recognized by the early disciples as having the same authority as…

The Priority of Scripture

“Biblically,” Mark Dever writes, “we must realize that the size of what our eyes see is rarely a good way to estimate the greatness of something in the eyes of God”.[1] He makes this comment in response to how many American churches measure success in term of only quantitative assessment. Dever writes, “Depending on the type…

Living It Out

What is discipleship? Discipleship is building an ongoing relationship with Jesus through growing in personal conviction about Jesus, aligning one’s views or beliefs with the teaching of Jesus, and willing to suffer for the sake of Jesus or the gospel in this world. How do we live it out?             The Call of Christ             Paul…

What is Discipleship?

At the end of Matthew, Jesus commanded his eleven disciples to make other disciples from all the nations. This mandate to the eleven is passed on to the new disciples because the eleven are to teach the new disciples to obey what Jesus has commanded them. The new disciples will have to carry on the…