Welcome to the February 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!
The Inconvenience of Jesus
by Jacob Hudgins
“And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region”(Mark 5:16-17).
Jesus casts out the powerful demon Legion, and allows the demon to go into some pigs. Running the pigs off a sharp bank, the demon drowns them in the sea. The herdsmen rush into town and gather a crowd, which begs Jesus to leave. Your demon-expelling powers are incredible, Jesus—but we can’t risk losing more pigs!
“For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge”(Rom 10:2)
The Jews of Paul’s day had a passion for God, but they failed to understand His will. “For being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness”(Rom 10:3). These two attributes—zeal and knowledge—help us to break down all people into four categories.
“Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way”(1 Pet 3:7).
We pay much lipservice to the idea that God knows best how a home should be run. Especially do men wax eloquent on God’s expectation that wives submit to husbands (Eph 5:22), perhaps with a dash of commentary on feminism. But God also gives clear (albeit difficult) obligations to men. I should “live with (my wife) in an understanding way”.