Wholly Blameless

Posted: December 10, 2008 by cthoward in Scriptural Question
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Paul writes in 1Thessalonians 5:23 (ESV):
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

What does he mean by “completely sanctified”? Can one be partly sanctified? How does God keep our “whole spirit and soul and body…blameless”? How can our spirit and soul become guilty (rather than blameless)? What is the difference between the soul and the spirit?

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My thanks to David for suggesting a very good topic for our discussion board concerning blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The three synoptic gospels record the words of Jesus concerning this: Matt 12.31-32; Mark 3.28-30; Luke 12.10. When you read these passages, it is clear the matter of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is a serious thing.

So this brings up some questions: what is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? What is not blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? Why can it not be forgiven? Is this something people can still do today? Have at it!

Practically, how can we help the members of the Lord’s body where we’re serving to discover & employ their own spiritual giftedness?  (Emphasis on discovery)  I am just wondering what you guys are all trying and what’s working and what’s not.  (question from Brian King)

In Matthew 28:19 Jesus says to make disciples and then to baptize those disciples…
So my question is: what must a disciple be “made” to know & practice before he is ready to become a baptized believer? (question from Brian King)

So, what do you think of Barak Obama’s “historic” win?
How will his administration affect our country?
More importantly, how will his administration affect God’s Kingdom?

The Christian and Government

Posted: October 20, 2008 by npulpit in Topical Question
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Well, the ’08 Election year has reached a fever pitch. Both candidates are having a go of it; propositions on the ballots of some states are hotly contested. Most agree this is the most important election in US history. And with all these voices pulling at the Christian, the question comes to mind:

What are a Christian’s duties in regards to politics? Do Christianity and politics intersect? If so, how? If not, why? How involved (if at all) should a Christian be in the voting process?

Nurturing New Christians

Posted: October 15, 2008 by cthoward in Ministry Question
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Question submitted by Brian Baell:

“How can we make sure that we continue to nurse new babes in Christ, including strong-spirited Christians?”

This is a practical question, and practical advice would be welcome, but, as always, let’s make sure we appeal to Scripture as well.