The autonomy of the local Church is one of the heritage handed down from past generations of the Baptist faith. Autonomy comes from the Greek words: ‘auto’ which means ‘self’ and ‘nomos’ which means ‘law’. It actually implies ‘self law’ and ‘law to self’
In Matthew 6:19-24 Jesus is continuing His Sermon on the Mount by talking about money and wealth. He tells us that we should not focus our hearts and lives on these things that the world treasures but focus on the One true God. Money should not be our master but our lives should revolve around God.
Pastor Marcelo Carcach discusses whether the abomination of desolation in the gospels of Mark and Matthew is either a past or a future event.
In Jesus' Sermon on the Mount He sited the way people fasted to show that a Christian should not be hypocritical and use it to bring glory to self but rather to God. Though the Church is not required to fast today we can still learn a lot from Jesus' teaching and this ancient practice.
Paul, in his epistles, sees the kingdom of God as both a present and future reality. It will one day bring to completion all of history when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. We enter it by God's grace through faith in Christ.
Jesus teaches in His Sermon on the Mount that God desires us to have a genuine interest in communicating with Him in prayer. Not like hypocrites who pray just to be seen as pious or holy. But He wants those come to Him humbly seeking His will, His Kingdom and His glory.
When it comes to charitable giving, God sees your heart and rewards you in heaven for your godly motives. So a Christian is not to act like a hypocrite who cares only what men think and performs only for their applause. Rather he should seek to please God in performing all acts of charity.
God never changes. God is consistent, and He expects people to be consistent in all areas of their lives. Consistent people are those who can be trusted to do what they say they will do when they say they will do it.
An alarming number of good Catholic priests are being ousted by their bishops. This has to stop. We need these men and they need our help.
The Apostle Paul talks about seven things that he refers to as mysteries or secrets that were not revealed but now are revealed. They are all aspects of the one mystery which consists of the fact that all mankind, both Jew and Gentile, are being placed together in one Church, the Body of Christ.
As close as the disciple Peter was to Jesus, he denied Jesus at least three times and confessed, "I don't know the man." No matter how close you think you are to Jesus, have you ever denied knowing Jesus as Peter did?
“And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; “Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” (Luk. 18:4-5)
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” (Isa. 43:2)