Devotion to Jesus Christ
Jesus came to earth to redeem those who believe and obey . . .
He [Jesus] became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. (Hebrews 5:9)
And to refresh the saints . . .
That I [Paul] may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. (Romans 15:32)
These articles (see menu sidebar to the left) are a celebration of Jesus Christ and his glorious appearing among fallen humanity with an emphasis on the following topics . . .
Jesus established the Christian Church . . .
Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. (Ephesians 5:23)
Upon this rock I [Jesus] will build my church. (Matthew 16:18)
The Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:47)
This Church has never been perfect. Yet through it all the Spirit of God has called each Christian to live a faith-filled, life of virtue in relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Church history has often been turbulent. The Nicene Creed was composed in response to rampant heresy by Church leaders. The Protestant Reformation was a reaction to a Church that had lost its focus and its heart. Devout Christians have often been divided by petty squabbles regarding non-essentials (including dogma). Today the Church has been invaded by Liberalism, materialism (health-wealth / word-faith / prosperity gospel), spiritual dryness, and an emphasis on tradition and ritual rather than on the saving message of the gospel and a Spirit-filled relationship with Jesus Christ.
So what are Christians to do about this; what are they to believe; who are they to follow? Each Christian must wrestle with these questions.
We must each one of us decide for ourselves . . .
They received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures [Old Testament] daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11)
I am a committed Christian — orthodox, conservative, devout, born-again, Spirit-filled, radically-saved (read more here). But I've been forced to judge among the many competing claims of 2,000 years of church leaders.
I am not a Protestant because I'm not protesting against anything. The early apostolic church was Catholic (universal), and so also am I Catholic just as they were. I call myself an Ecumenical Christian because I believe that all Christians who have repented of their sins, who are truly faith-filled, and who obey the commands of Christ are brothers and sisters in the Lord.
|Eschatology||My view of end time prophecy.|
|One Apostolic Church||What the very early apostolic church believed and practiced and what that means for Christians today.|
|Biblical Interpretation||There are so many systems. My view.|
|Soul & Spirit||Musings.|
|Bible Commentary||My views.|
|Social Topics||My views.|