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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #9

Matthew 16:27-28 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom. …


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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #8

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11 Question: How should we understand this verse today? How should we apply it? When we read a verse like this, we tend to highlight …


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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #7

“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will…” Ephesians 1:11 Question: Has God really predestined some for salvation and some for damnation? This seems to contradict passages where Jesus died for all (e.g. John 3:16)? See …


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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #6

“Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28 Question: What about tattoos today? Context: The Book of Leviticus is a summary or compilation of “the commands the Lord gave Moses at Mount Sinai for the Israelites” (Leviticus 27:34). They focus particularly on the …


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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #5

Matthew 12:46-50 Question: Is Jesus rude to his mother? You’re probably figuring out by now that a lot of the difficulties we have with the Bible can be resolved, to a large extent, by looking at the context (the first part of our CAPTOR acronym). This passage is no exception. So, let’s look at what’s …


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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #4

“But women will be saved through childbearing – if they continue in faith, love and holiness.” – 1 Timothy 2:15 Question: What does it mean “women will be saved through childbearing”? Pastor Ian just preached on 1 Timothy 2 on Sunday, dealing with the question about women teaching and in leadership in light of this passage. …


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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #3

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Question: What is the reason for head coverings? Are they relevant today? What was considered a head covering? Two caveats before I start: First, in Paul and Gender, Cynthia Long Westfall spends twenty pages discussing this passage. I won’t be taking up that much space. If you’d like to explore this more in …


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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #2

“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved.” (Romans 11:25-26) Question: What is the full number …


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FAQ: Difficult Passages Blog #1

1 Corinthians 15:20-34 Before I get to this passage, I want to say thank you and to commend you! We received more “difficult passages” questions than there are weeks in the summer. This means we won’t get to them all in our Sunday services. So, we will address the ones we miss through this blog. …


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3 Current Conversations – Join In!

There are currently three items under discussion by the Board for you to be aware of. We would appreciate hearing your thoughts on any of the following: 1. The “Missional” Conversation  This is a conversation around the question of whether our historical view of missions is the same as the future view. How is God …


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