Arguably one of the most confusing passages in the New Testament is a few lines of 1 Corinthians instructing the silence of women in the church. What’s going on, what does it mean, and how should it guide our practice at Gateway in 2018?
Jesus’ teachings are often difficult. Properly understood, they shine a spotlight on our hearts that reveals our sinfulness and need for him. His teaching on divorce and remarriage does exactly that. Through three exchanges with some Pharisees and his disciples, Jesus teaches that because marriage is a creation of God, it stands or falls on his terms.
Having set the foundations for ourn understanding of “Sex, Gender, & the Gospel,” we begin to look at some passages from the New Testament that are sometimes controversial. In this message, we look at a passage describing the relationship between a husband and a wife in a Christian marriage. There we see that the distinct roles in a Christian marriage are a witness to Christ’s work for his Church.
In the third message of this series, we look at the “Fall”—the first human sin and its consequences for us all. An inversion of creation led to the perversion of creation. And that brought a perversion to relations between husbands and wives as well. But embedded in the ancient, sad story is true hope.
Continuing in the foundational part of this series, we see how God’s plan to bless the world is effected in the first Man by his creation, care, commission, command, and companionship. As we go, we’ll see how each of these elements speak to sex, gender, and the Gospel.
Understanding what the Bible and the Christian faith have to say about any topic requires looking at how the topic plays into the Bible’s storyline from Genesis to Revelation. So that’s how we begin this new series. In Genesis 1:26-31, we learn that God seeks to glorify himself throughout the cosmos through the blessing of his most important creation, human beings. This is evidenced in the form and the function of our creation.
Jesus had a lot to say on one very hard topic, hell. In his parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus paints a shockingly vivid picture of hell’s hopelessness. Listen as elder Bryan Pummel explains.
Jude concludes his letter with a beautiful doxology. And though it is there to heap praises on God, Jude also uses it to give his readers, facing a daunting task, this confidence: God will hold them fast.
As Jude comes near the conclusion of his epistle, he rattles off three general commands that serve as a guide for how his hearers ought to deal with the false teaching in their midst. They are a helpful guide for us, too.
Admist the concern of a moral heresy threatening the congregation(s) he was writing to, Jude exhorts his readers to "keep yourselves in God's love." He urges three means of doing just that.