Do you have anything on who the 24 Elders are? I am studying a booklet by a former pastor of a church I grew up in and he holds they are some form of pre-creation angels who rule the affairs of earth. This seem to me to smell of new age thinking and does not sit easily so I am researching at present so as to try and bring him some truth.
In response to ‘I’m a missionary in my own church‘ – if believers are to concentrate on the three areas you mention within their own church, how do you suggest we reach the lost?
It troubles me that you can feel a stranger at times in your own church and there needs to be fellowship and friendships built for ‘..we are not to be yoked to unbelievers..’, but Jesus commanded that we spread the good news and make disciples. I would appreciate your thoughts on this. God Bless.
I was not raised a Christian and have only recently began seeking God’s truth. I believe in God and am trying to understand Christianity. It is my understanding that Jesus’ death washed away original sin introduced by Adam and Eve. With this in mind, could someone be immortal if they lived a truly sinless life? My idea comes from the quote “for the wages of sin is death.” Does this mean that death can be avoided by a truly sinless individual? I understand that this seems impossible, but is interesting from a theoretical perspective. Does it also follow that Jesus could have been immortal had he not taken our sins for us?
I had a discussion about Jesus and wine drinking with a fellow sister-in-Christ today. She said that Jesus did not actually drink alcoholic wine, but only ‘fruit of the vine’. And that since wine is alcoholic and therefore is inebriating, Jesus would not drink that and neither should we. So, my question is, Did Jesus drink alcoholic wine or not?
My questions is this. How do I pour myself onto others as Paul did? He loved them and poured himself into them, showing the Love of Christ. I want to do this with my friends, but I don’t know where to start. I’ve been friends with them for so long and now I’m deciding to change my ways with Christ and provide a good example for them. They are not believers and my greatest hope for them is if they each found Christ. How do I pour myself into them to help bring them towards Christ?!
I have come to see that the Church (all believers – past and present) has the responsibility foremost to glorify God and represent Him to this world in which we live. The church (the local assembly of believers) is for believers to encourage and build-up each other, not necessarily an evangelistic tool. The church of which I am a member seems to weigh heavily on the church “reaching the neighborhood” but weak on building up the saints. I feel such resistance to this push and am thus conflicted by not supporting the “push.” Do you have any insight on the roles (or are there even 2 different roles)? My husband and I have considered leaving, but feel like this is our “mission field.”
After the rapture and the Ezekiel battle when Israel sees the Messiah and rebuilds the Temple, I understand that they will resume sacrifices. My question is, why do they resume sacrifices? Or don’t they yet know that Jesus is their Messiah and that His sacrifice was perfect?
I was reading in Jer. 16:6 this morning and wanted to know more about the significance of shaving the head in mourning. Was that just to show an outward sign of mourning, or was that God’s way of showing people that they should be in mourning until their hair and beard grew back? I would appreciate any insight you might have on this.
I have a question concerning Atheists & contact with such individuals. I know a few people (co-workers) who are confessed Atheists. I however believe in GOD and his son Jesus Christ, I also attempt to live my life in a righteous manner, I’m not perfect, but when speaking with people (The Atheists included) I make sure I give GOD thanks for all the blessings that I am given. From the time I found that these folks did not believe in GOD I placed my bible on top of my desk for all to see simply because I want them to know first that I am a believer & secondly I have nothing to hide and do not feel ashamed & thirdly I feel really uncomfortable with them (Atheists) sitting behind or beside me. I don’t trust people whose only true belief is that there is no GOD.
My question is: Should I still have contact with such people or keep it to a minimum because I do have to work with these folks after all. Quite frankly people who don’t believe in God scare me, & I don’t want to be around them. Am I wrong, or misguided, is there a scripture I can read to help me better understand?