Good afternoon my preacher. I Worshipped today at … and I was shocked at the lesson taught by the preacher on marriage. Text: 1Cor 7:39. The summary of the lesson was: (1) Any Christian and not just widows who marry an unbeliever would be disfellowshiped. (2) He no longer is a Christian. I asked two questions in writing (1) If a christian marries an unbeliever and he is disfellowshiped, what would be his fruit of repentance for him to be restored? (2) If the unbelieving wife of this brother wants to be a Christian and request baptism, would she be baptized? His answer: (1) He needs to do away with the wife before he is restored and (2) The unbelieving wife cannot be baptized. Brother for me this is serious because it seems to be a well established practice among them. Any material on this will help. Thanks. Continue reading
John 5:25 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
Is that true, all dead people will live in the future?
What is the deep meaning of ‘the hour is coming’ ? Continue reading
Just wondering if you can comment on these two verses. One says Jesus is coming in His kingdom, and the other the kingdom coming with power (Matthew 16:28 and Mark 9:1). Continue reading
by Keith Sharp
No Bible subject is more important than the kingdom of God. The word “kingdom” is found 236 times in the Bible. The substance of the preaching of both John the Baptist and Jesus was “the kingdom of God” (Matthew 3:1-2; 4:17). Righteous Israelites in the days of John and Jesus were looking for the kingdom (Mark 15:43). But, because they misunderstood its nature, the Jewish leaders were shut out of the kingdom of God (Matthew 23:13). What is the kingdom of God? Continue reading
by Keith Sharp | Parables of the Master | Matthew 25:31-46
In Matthew 25:1-30 the Master taught two parables, the Ten Virgins (verses 1-13) and the Talents (verses 14-30), to teach His disciples to be ready for His return. Now, two days before His ultimate humiliation (Matthew 26:1-2), He teaches a lesson, also primarily for the benefit of His disciples, about the time when He returns in glory (Philippians 2:9-11) and sits upon His glorious throne, the throne of judgment (Matthew 25:31).
This is not strictly a parable, but, as virtually all of the Lord’s teaching, it does contain figurative language. “It is more a poetic description of the prophecy Jesus had spoken earlier that year at Caesarea Philippi (Matt. 16.27)” (Earnhart. 191). Continue reading
by Keith Sharp | The Parables of the Master | Matthew 24:14-30
The word “For,” with which this parable begins, connects it to the preceding story, the Parable of the Ten Virgins. That parable teaches us to keep watching to be ready for the Lord’s return; this, the Parable of the Talents, teaches us to work to be ready for His return.
…the Parable of the Talents serves as a perfect complement to the Parable of the Ten Virgins. In the preceding story the maidens are pictured as waiting for their lord, in this story, the servants are represented as working for their lord. One stresses the duty of constant alertness, the other the duty of faithful service” (Lightfoot. 172).
“For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth” (2 peter 1:12).
by Keith Sharp
On July 20, 1969, Neil A. Armstrong, American astronaut, became the first human to set foot on the moon. The plan devised by scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to get him there was truly remarkable for its technical complexity and accuracy and is indeed a monument to the skill of American technology. Yet, the plan that God devised for the salvation of mankind is as much higher in grandeur than the program devised by NASA, or any other human scheme, “as the heavens are higher than the earth” (Isaiah 55:8-9). What is God’s plan of salvation? Continue reading