Crossroad Bible Study

April 8th, 2009

Gods last words to mankind

Posted by Alan Collins in Uncategorized

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Reading the last entry in our series for essential 100, Revelation 21-22 I was struck how like every great story the ending was connected back up with the start. Just read about the Tree of life in Genesis 2 before reading the last chapter of the last book. There are many similarities between the New Jerusalem described in Rev 22 and the Garden of Paradise described in Gen 2.

The last thing that really challenged me was this. I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, if anyone adds to them, may God add to him the plagues which are written in this book. At this point I would naturally think of the Mormons, but this morning I felt challenged as to whether we at crossroads are like this. The Bible doesn’t seem to hold a lot of importance to us. Instead we add community, evangelism strategy, good service production, and so on to our theology. Not that any of these things are necessarily bad but it is when we use them to replace Gods Word. Isn’t the Bible the primary way that God communicates to us? We can certainly know our Bibles well without knowing God well, but we can not know God well without knowing our Bibles well.

The second thing that challenged me.  If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, may God take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city. Naturally I think of the Quakers. Who show little respect for the authority of God’s Word and instead rely more on learning to be guided by their “inner light”.  But then I realised how little respect we at crossroad  seem to have for God’s Word. Certain people have already said that they don’t believe Genesis 1 and 2 is entirely factual. You will have to say that Revelation 22 wasn’t fact too to be consistant. We have little respect for the authority of Gods Word. We can say we do but do we truly believe its the word of the living God? that changes lives? Just look at how many of us have been bothered to follow the essential 100 reading plan that John organised. You could argue that people were reading their bibles but not necessarily the reading plan. This would be fine but considering the emphasis we have always placed on community I don’t think this is true. The reason why people aren’t  up to date with essential 100 is because they haven’t been reading their Bibles daily for the last few months. How hypocritical of us when we claim that it is the spoken Word of the creator and don’t treat it as such.

I came to realise earlier this year that I have now been a member of four different churches. Of those crosssroads has by far the worst general bible knowledge. We should take the promises of God in these last few verses very seriously. And repent.

I’m sorry if you take offence to this. I’m not trying to put myself on a higher moral standing then anyone else. This is as much a challenge to me as it is to you.  This series has renewed a passion for Gods Word that I haven’t had for a long time. Lets apply it!

April 7th, 2009

No More Guilt

Posted by Hannah Venable in Uncategorized
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 Tagged 1 John 3:11-4:21

And by this we know that we are of the truth, and persuade our hearts before him, because if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

There are some of us who struggle with feeling guilty often. And then there are some of us who are too prideful to feel bad for things. Christ already paid for it, right?

But to those of us who struggle with guilt, I thought this verse would be very comforting. Often, we may feel that our hearts our condemning us. But we are not condemned! God is greater than our hearts and His judgement is what really counts! Sometimes, we may feel that we should feel bad for something because then we know that ‘we are good’ because we feel bad. I know that sounds weird but I bet others can identify with that. We judge ourselves based on our own judgment rather than God’s. So, sometimes, it is in pride that we feel guilty because we feel better about ourselves in our guilt. But, in reality, sometimes the humble attitude is one that accepts God’s grace upon us. We trust the Lord’s judgment, even though He judges us clean. And we trust that He knows everything and yet, has still pardoned us.

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