Welcome to the January 2018 edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you find the articles helpful in your Bible study, please forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
Presuming on God
by Jacob Hudgins
“Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”(Rom 2:3-4).
God is so dependable that we tend to take him for granted.
The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11.1-9) is a compelling story about mankind, and the drive for personal glory over the glory of God. The story is small, but it’s a theme that still rings true today. In our lives we pine for recognition with what we do. Whether that’s recognition as a kid for the toys that we build or games that we win, or as an adult for the jobs we have and the projects we complete, we want to be recognized for all that we do. The people at Babel wanted the same, striving for glory in a city above all else.
What happens to our work when we die? Our money, our projects, and the fruits of our labor all find their way to someone else. Solomon calls this person “the man who will come after me”—and the thought fills him with frustration.
“And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name”(Acts 22:16).
Serving God is urgent. It is more pressing than any deadline and more necessary than obeying any boss. Paul had been praying and fasting for the three days since he realized he was wrong. Seconds earlier he had heard what he needed to do. Yet Ananias chides him: “Why are you waiting?”. Serving God is urgent.