Welcome to the December 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 email to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
God Doesn’t Want You to Fail!
by Jacob Hudgins
“’Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?’ says the Lord GOD, ‘and not that he should turn from his ways and live?’”(Ezekiel 18:23)
God doesn’t want you to fail! At times a sad perception persists among the people of God—perhaps stemming from frightening examples like Uzzah or Ananias and Sapphira, perhaps from our own inadequacy—that God is anxiously waiting to condemn us. He is looking for any red flag to deny our application for eternal life, maybe even actively trying to trip us up.
“Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be?”(Matt 22:28)
The Sadducees think they’ve got Jesus. They have the perfect question—the final and perfect refutation of the misguided teaching that people live after they die. They have the perfect scenario to show that it is all a logical impossibility.
1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.
1 Corinthians 10:23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.
In today’s world, people are extremely concerned about being judged and/or having their rights taken away. People want to do what they like and don’t want anyone to tell them they might want to reconsider. Some may even try to use these verses out of context to justify themselves, but Paul is not saying that we can do anything we want. In fact, quite the opposite: he is advising against doing some things we know are ok, just because we can.
King Ahab was famous for his wickedness, not his wisdom. Yet when Ben-hadad, king of Syria, brags about how he is soon to destroy Samaria, Ahab gives sage advice: “Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off”(1 Kings 20:11). What does this mean for us?