Welcome to the April 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!
Spiritual Junk Food
by Jacob Hudgins
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions”(2 Tim 4:3).
We all have to make food choices. We know that some foods are good for us, even if they don’t taste great. We also know that some foods taste great, but aren’t good for us. When Paul speaks of “sound” or “healthy” teaching, he is referring to the kind of spiritual health certain teaching creates. It is possible for us to judge teaching solely by its taste—whether it pleases us or not—rather than by the spiritual life it produces. Teaching that makes us happy but doesn’t make us better is spiritual junk food.
In 1 Corinthians 15.33. we read “Do not be deceived, bad company corrupts good morals.” Have you ever felt your example be influenced by the people you spend the most time with? Often we try to be lights in a dark world, but we must be careful to guard ourselves so we do not fall to temptation. So how do we do this? What does this passage teach us regarding the power of influence?
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart”(Heb 4:12).
Most books become obsolete very quickly. New, updated editions are produced. After ten or twenty years, they lose their influence. Soon the copyright is not renewed and they go out of print. In such a climate, how is it possible for a book that is 2000 years old to remain relevant? What is its secret?
“Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?’ And they paid him thirty pieces of silver”(Matt 26:14-15).
Judas wants to betray Jesus and approaches the chief priests. What will you give me? Judas names his price and sells out his faith for thirty pieces of silver.