Search over 200,000 Bible questions, answers, and notes.
If you have a question on a verse, look up that verse to find answers. Read and study the Bible to grow in your Christian faith.
Type your question or key words in the search box, or go to the search options.
Results 1 - 1 of 1
Results from: Unanswered Bible Questions Ordered by Date
"The Reformation has been an extraordinary force for global education. The Middle Ages gave birth to the first European universities that trained a select cadre of scholars. But in the Protestant Reformation, the quest for universal education was unleashed. Martin Luther, a professor at the University of Wittenberg, early on called for the magistrates to establish schools so that children could learn to read the newly translated Scriptures and benefit from the learning of the ages. Later, John Calvin, in the French context, established the Academy of Geneva that became the center of Reformed theology.
"The educational methods of the Reformers reflected their theology. The goal of general literacy manifested the Reformation principle of the priesthood of all believers -- all Christians have the spiritual privilege to read and to study the Scriptures for themselves. Sola Scriptura -- the Scriptures as the only infallible source of saving knowledge and true wisdom -- was buttressed by pedagogy consistent with Scripture. For the laity, this was accomplished by biblical literacy and catechisms. For adults and church leaders, confessions of faith served as summaries and standards of biblical doctrine and practice.
"The Reformation's educational reforms also affected university studies. Speculative medieval scholasticism was replaced by a biblically grounded systematic theology. A worldview shaped by a belief in a sovereign Creator who rules an orderly cosmos encouraged the investigation of the empirical sciences. Linguistic studies accelerated. Latin was dethroned as the only scholarly language, since the common tongues of Europe had become capable of scholarly discussion due to the elevation of these languages by the translation of the Bible. Nevertheless, the study of the languages of biblical scholarship -- Latin, Greek, and Hebrew—increased as a trained clergy became a reality. The Reformation's educational impact spurred the printing industry, spawning libraries and advanced study in various disciplines. Some of the renowned academic centers greatly shaped by the Reformation are the universities in Wittenberg, Geneva, Zurich, Heidelberg, Oxford, Cambridge, and Edinburgh." --Dr. Peter A. Lillback (2016), from his article "The Reformation of and Education
An evangelist preached with much fervency, emotion, and volume. His physical antics were obvious; however, there seemed to be little or no conviction. He told several unbelievable stories, but, again, the anointing was noticeably absent. Following the meeting, a dear old saint said, “He fought a good fight, but his razor was dull.”
In Isaiah 41:15 and 16, God declares, “Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp threshing instrument which has teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shall make the hills like chaff. You shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them.” The words of the preacher are to be like a formidable threshing sledge, with brand new sharp razor blades that are overpowering, forceful, and powerful, destroying sin and darkness. Such is the result of the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which brings people to the place of repentance.
“Away with this milk and water preaching of the love of Christ that has no holiness or moral discrimination. Away with preaching a love of God that is not angry with sinners every day. Away with preaching a Christ not crucified for sin” (Charles Finney).
Article quote from Dave Arnold ministries
"I know you, the first-born of Satan." --Polycarp (69-155 AD), pastor of the church in Smyrna (which city is today called Izmir, Turkey). These were his words to Marcion -- rightly discerning that the teachings of this heretic were not of God (Isaiah 8:20; 1 John 4:6; Romans 11:8).
Those are very good questions. Indeed, they are related questions. Our Lord tells us "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." (Luke 14:27)
First of all, remember that "bearing a cross" is a metaphor. Because of the influence of the Bible on our language, it has become a common idiom. How often have we heard someone say, "Well, everyone has a cross to bear." So as you study the question, remember that when Christ uttered these words, He did not mean it the way we use it in modern English. Nowadays we see crosses everywhere, even being used as a fashion accessory or as tattoos. But two thousand years ago, it was a word that brought shame and horror with it. It was generally not used in polite company. There were very few ways to be executed that were as awful, painful, and humiliating. So when our Lord tells us to take up our cross (Matthew 10:34-36; Mark 8:34-35), it is not meant as an easy thing.
Read Luke 14:25-35. You will see that anyone who wants to be a disciple must first consider the cost of doing so. Thus, one of the first things we see, is that discipleship itself is not peaches and cream -- it is a very difficult thing; a pursuit that will yield great reward in eternity, but will be painful and difficult in this world.
Now let me turn to the word "disciple." The literal meaning of the word is a pupil or student. You ask a very good question. The Great Commision given the church can be found in Matthew 28:18-20. See the command is to go out, but not just to travel. We are to go out for a purpose: to make disciples. We can do this with confidence because of Christ's authority (v18) -- that is the foundation of what we do. So we are to go out and make men disciples of Christ. These pupils enter the church through baptism and then we instruct them to do all that God has commanded (see John 14:21).
I can sum up some of what it means to be a disciple with the earmarks that the Apostle John used: he is one who loves God, loves God's Word, loves God's people, and hates sin. All of these aspects, over time, should be growing in Christian.
We are very blessed that God has provided very good descriptions of what a disciple looks like. We are called to examine ourselves using this mirror. That mirror is the Word itself. If I were to hope for you to rightly understand discipleship, I would point you to John chapters 14 through 16. Read through it several times. Then begin to compile a list of how disciples act and function. I did this once and came up with over 30 aspects of a disciple. I bet you could come up with more.
Notice that none of it is about warm fuzzy feelings or mystical experiences, etc. Instead, it is all very practical -- and doable because He has given us all that we need (2 Peter 1:3).
Even more amazing is that Christ actually prayed for us in John 17, that we would succeed in serving God and bringing God glory. With such prayers, we have enormous confidence that the work that God has begun in us He will finish (cf Hebrews 12:1-2).
Now, ma'am, you cannot do this alone. God has provided a way by which He dispenses grace (i.e., the power to do His will). This includes prayer and Bible study on your own; but it also includes your participation in a congregation of Bible believers. Thus, you need to be under the teaching of the Word, in the fellowship of believers, and under the authority of a church.
Not just any church. We are persuaded that the true church of Christ is one that holds to the Biblical definition of the gospel; teaches the Word expositorily; practices the ordinances of baptism and communion; and exercises discipline for all of the sheep.
One last thing: If you are having genuine conviction for sin and a desire for a holy life, this can only come from the Holy Spirit. That should encourage you as seek to understand God through the Word (Hebrews 1:1-2).
Ma'am, we are happy to be praying for you. We are also praising our Lord that He has drawn you to Himself.
Out of the depths I cry to Thee;
Lord, hear me, I implore Thee!
Bend down Thy gracious ear to me;
I lay my sins before Thee.
If Thou rememberest each misdeed,
If each should have its rightful meed,
Who may abide Thy presence?
Thou grantest pardon through Thy love;
Thy grace alone availeth;
Our works could ne’er our guilt remove;
Yea, e’en the best life faileth.
For none may boast himself of aught,
But must confess Thy grace hath wrought
Whate’er in him is worthy.
And thus my hope is in the Lord,
And not in my own merit;
I rest upon His faithful Word
To them of contrite spirit.
That He is merciful and just,
Here is my comfort and my trust;
His help I wait with patience.
--Martin Luther (1523) who wrote the lyrics and the tune
"[This] is a version of Psalm CXXX, which Luther called a Pauline Psalm, and greatly loved. He took special pains with his version. It was sung on May 9, 1525, at the funeral of Friedrich the Wise, in the Court Church at Wittenberg. The people of Halle sang it with tears in their eyes as the great Reformer's coffin passed through their city on the way to the grave at Wittenberg. It is woven into the religious life of Germany.
"In 1530, during the Diet of Augsburg, Luther's heart was often sore troubled, but he would say, 'Come, let us defy the devil and praise God by singing a hymn!' Then he would begin, 'Aus tiefer Noth schrei ich zu dir.' ['Out of the depths I cry to Thee' Psalm 130:1] It was sung at his funeral."