(the following is a post my friend Dan Tsouloufis) The Nature of Inerrancy and Infallibility Within the Evangelical tradition, the first thing we usually assert about the Bible is that it is God’s divine Word. More specifically, we assert that it is God’s breathed-out Word, since the apostle Paul describes to Timothy that “All Scripture is God-breathed…” (NIV, 2 Tim. 3:16). Thus, Evangelicals
I saw down with my friend Joel Settecase, of the THINK INSTITUTE, to talk about different methods of evangelism. Some of these we use at our church in Naperville, Cross of Christ Fellowship. I hope you find the discussion edifying and helpful!
In Phil 1:9 we learn of Paul’s prayer for the Philippians. He prayed that their “love would abound more and more in all knowledge and insight,” so that they would “be able to approve what was excellent.” What we see here is the transforming power of love in the life of a Christian. An abounding love for God and one another changes us. It leads us to have a different attitude in our hearts to what
In Phil 1:3-5 we see Paul thank God for the partnership he experienced with the Philippians in the gospel. The Philippians were dear to Paul, and they prayed for him (1:19) and gave generously to help him in the gospel work (4:10-20). We as a church plant have experienced a sweet partnership in the gospel with other churches and individuals. Just this year, 2019, we have had at least 11 churches f
Lord, I praise you that you are our Father (1:2) and as our Father you known my deepest and most profound needs. I am thank you that though I was once estranged and alienated from you (Col 1:21), you brought me near through Jesus Christ and made me a child of God(John 1:12-13) . Now I know your Fatherly care and love. I myself am a father to three sweet children. I feel a tenderness and care for t
Introduction: Starting on September 22nd at Cross of Christ Fellowship, we will be going through the book of Philippians together as a church. This sermon series will take us through the end of 2019. To prepare for this series, tonight we will spend some time becoming more acquainted with the book. Philippians is a letter that the Apostle Paul wrote the church in Philippi (Phil 1:1). It was sent b
Here’s a guest post by my friend Dan Tsouloufis on systematic theology. What is Systematic Theology? For those who are unfamiliar with the term theology or have yet to undertake a study of theology, it can be quite daunting due to the vast scope and weight of the topic. For if God is truly the self-existent, eternal, and sovereign Creator of the universe, one should expect there to be a s
The Bible teaches us who God is and what He is like. To do this, it employs different images and metaphors to help us see more clearly the nature, character, and works of God. Some of these are easier for us to understand and relate to, but others are more difficult. Yet as Christians, we believe all of the Bible’s metaphors to be true and to teach us some kind of truth regarding who God is. I pre
Independence Village Devotional 8/21/19 “But the Lord is faithful” (2 Thessalonians 3:3a) Tonight, I’d like to share with you a verse I read this morning from my personal Bible reading. It ministered to my soul and I hope it ministers to yours as well. The verse is found in the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the church at Thessalonica and is 2 Thessalonians 3:3a. It reads “But the Lord is faithfu
In preaching through Habakkuk at Cross of Christ Fellowship, our church in Naperville, I was delighted to see a truth in one of the passages, which I had not thought of for a while. The truth is this: sin is self-destructive and no one can thwart God who is invincible. We see this in Habakkuk 2:6-20. In this section, the prophet is a given a vision which includes 5 woes on the nation of Babylon.