Study Your Bible Online

Serious Bible Study!

Category: Theology (page 4 of 12)

Saved by Jesus, therefore doctrine doesn’t matter?

“We are saved by Jesus, not by doctrine.” I’ve heard this statement on numerous occasions.  Or “we are not saved by doctrinal precision, but rather by the death of Jesus.”  It is a powerful argument really.  You pit doctrine against Jesus and Jesus wins every time.  And the way the argument normally goes is that since we are saved by Jesus and not by doctrine, then doctrine doesn’t matter.

Why people accept it?

This argument works for a few reasons. First, it is true in as far as it goes.  Salvation is because of Jesus.  No amount of doctrinal precision and understanding can provide salvation apart from Him.  Our salvation and our boasting is in Christ alone.  Second, it fits the thinking of our world.  Truth has taken a hit in our present world.  People are uneasy about truth and especially if a certain truth is exclusive.  Therefore the argument is well placed in the ears of many who hear it.  Third, there are a lot of Christians who do in fact seem to put their trust in doctrinal precision over Jesus, and have no place in their system for grace.  Fourth, it provides a false dichotomy that many people do not pick up on.  Is it really Jesus or doctrine?  If that is really the case then put me on the side of Jesus every single time.  However, as I will argue for the remainder of this post that is a too simplistic argument.

read more

Share

Thanksgiving for the Year Past

I believe in taking time for reflection.  For me reflection allows for a better assessment of oneself.  I also think it is an important practice for Christians to engage. Reflection provides an opportunity to find areas to express thanks to God, areas where growth needs to occur, and areas where progress has been made.  Since our goal as Christians is to “abound more and more in walking worthy of the Lord,” then we should practice reflection as an important element of achieving the goal.

read more

Share

My Jesus

Hebrews 1:1-4 is one sentence. A lot of clauses, but only one sentence.  It perhaps is one of the most well crafted sentences in the history of the world.  At least its content is packed with power.  In one sentence the author of Hebrews describes Jesus.  Let that sink in for a minute.  Books have been written to describe men like Theodore Roosevelt or George Washington, and they have not exhausted the information about these men.

Think about describing these men, in any meaningful way, in a sentence.  Could you do it?  Yet, the Hebrew write provides for us a beautiful outline of Jesus.*  So what does he say?

read more

Share

Who is a Christian?

Christian Jihad.  Christian Terrorist.  White Christian Conservative.  These are a few of the headlines that were associated with Anders Behring Breivik.  It seemed as soon as the violence in Norway took place people wanted to find a label to associate this man with.  The first thought that many had was this attack was made by a Muslim Jihadist.  Then, news came out that the man was a not Muslim, but rather Christian.  Once this became clear the previously mentioned headlines began to take shape.

read more

Share

God saved you when He saved Israel

I have been in an intense study of the Christian and Old Testament Theology this last week.  It has been a fascinating, challenging, and faith building study.  Sadly, I have not thought through the Old Testament and the Christian like I should, so this study has been very helpful in both answering some questions, and providing me a list of questions that I need to pursue further.

My instructor for this course (Dr. Walt Kaiser) believes the unifying feature of the Old Testament is the promise-plan of God.  He sees in Genesis 3:15, and more clearly in Genesis 12:1-3, God laying out His plan. This plan is a promise to Eve, and more clearly to Abraham concerning their seed.

read more

Share
Older posts Newer posts