Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
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Reading 1 Samuel 13:19-23 this morning caused me to ask if the church has been disarmed by the world through becoming too dependent on the world.
James Davison Hunter is a sociologist teaching at the University of Virginia. Five years ago he published a book entitled Evangelicalism: The Coming Generation (Chicago: University Press, 1987). It was based on research he had done in American Christian Colleges. Here is one of his conclusions:
Reading, writing and ‘rithmatic have to do with thinking.
I am amazed at the power that the Bible gives to knowledge! Consider 2 Peter 1:3, “God's divine power has granted all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.”
Literally, all the power available from God to live and be godly comes through knowledge! Amazing!
What a premium we should put on doctrine and instruction in the Scriptures! Life and godliness are at stake.
Two seminars for adults at Bethlehem while the children learn in “The Wonder Fair” and tots have a nursery.
Ten Reasons to Rejoice over the First Term of the Bethlehem Institute and Training Center and Plan for the Second
1. Biblical truth saves.
Take heed to yourself and to your doctrine; hold to that, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (I Timothy 4:16; Acts 20:26-27; 2 Thessalonians 2:10)
2. Biblical truth frees from Satan.
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32; 2 Timothy 2:24-26)
3. Biblical truth imparts grace and peace.
We must never underestimate the power of truth. The world is full of confusion because the “god of this world” is the “father of lies” (2 Corinthians 4:4, John 8:44). But Jesus is the light of the world. He banishes the darkness of falsehood wherever he is heard. He is truth and all he says liberates from the bondage of error. “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Truth frees.