The doctrine of the trinity is a confusing doctrine. How can God be one God and three persons at the same time? Why would we want to talk about God being one God and three persons? How can such talk be encouraging and necessary? Is it necessary to speak of God being one God and three persons?
We conclude our study on the prophet Malachi. This is a prophet that we probably are not the most familiar so what is the prophet’s contribution to our canon? Is this only a prophet who is relevant during the Christmas season when he talks about the Messiah or does this prophet communicate the Gospel in a very profound and significant way?
Paul concludes his letter to the church with the assurance of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ being conferred to this church. Why do we study this letter and why does it matter that there are all these men are mentioned in the conclusion of the letter? Why do we want to study this old letter today?
Men have scheduled their time to meet with Job and encourage him. We have heard two of the counselors and now we have the opportunity to hear from a third counselor. The counselors have not successfully encouraged Job in the Gospel. Job is one who has claimed his own self-righteousness before the Lord claiming that he can hold God accountable. Is this new counselor going to be the voice of reason who lays out the gospel? Is there going to be someone who understands that Job is not fighting against God? Will this speech help Job understand that God is not His enemy, but the very strength of his life?
It is easy to judge the younger brother and to let him live with the consequences of his actions. It might be touching to think that the father still hosts the banquet for the younger brother. You can almost have a sentimental feeling that the father is a really good father. The parable hits home when the father explains to the older brother why this banquet is so significant. It also hits home when the father has to pursue the lost son. Which son is really the lost son in this parable? What is the significance of the father going out to meet with each of the sons?
Christ teaches from the sermon on the mount that murder is far deeper than just taking a human life. Christ teaches that if we desire to harm, avenge, or even hate then we are guilty of murder. What is the opposite of murder? How do we discover a Christian ethic as we consider the opposite of murder? How does the Christian ethic make us realize our glorious placement in this kingdom?
The Lord is a God who is serious about his justice. He will deal with the foreign people who make a mockery of His name and He will drive out His people who also make a mockery of His name. This is something that we expect a sovereign God to do. This expectation is not what makes God necessarily unique from all the other gods. What is the ultimate thing that makes God unique for the other gods? How do we have a relationship with this God? How do we know that he really is the Lord of lords and the King of kings?
I am sure that you have heard before that if we hold out the gospel too much then people will not seek to honor the Lord because they will not be afraid of Him. In other words, if we do not really show the justice or the judgement of God then we will have a people that just live in rebellion. What does Micah teach about the real issue or the real problem that confronts us? What is the real issue that is before us, and what is the message that is to be proclaimed?
There is no doubt that one would not be saved apart from the grace of God. I think all Christians who have a grasp of Christianity would affirm the necessity of grace for our salvation. We know that we are those who need grace, but how much grace do we need? Is 90 percent enough or do we need more? Is our confidence in that we will not fall away because we love the Lord enough or is it because know that the Lord loves us enough?
We might wonder from time to time why Jesus does all these miracles and theatrics. Why not just tell us the point? Why not just live, die, and be raised? Why these miracles for a time? What is the purpose behind these miracles? Why does Jesus feed 5000 people with 5 loaves and two fish?