Humility and teachability are to be our leading edge. To be responsive to and supportive of those who teach and lead us is also a mark of faithfulness.
Jesus’ death and resurrection marked the beginning of the new covenant of grace, pointing towards the heavenly Mount Zion. Living by faith in Jesus meant rejecting the old life, and it also meant being rejected by the people who still lived the ways of the old life.
We have some options when we hear a teaching that doesn't sit well or sound right.
The writer gives us five ways to treat our brothers and sisters well: to love genuinely from the heart, and to be hospitable, faithful, content, and teachable. In these ways, believers live daily by faith in community.
The unique and intriguing story of a woman with dual citizenship, as it were, a woman known for her good deeds, the only woman who was actually called disciple in the entire Christian Testament, whose death rocked her Christian community to its core, and her deliverance by being raised back to life generated widespread belief in the Lord.
Even a few sentences in, we can tell the Book of Revelation is unlike anything else in the Christian Testament. But the truth is, there is really nothing like it in the Hebrew Scriptures either, although there are many references to various prophetic imagery and events from the Hebrew scriptures.
Jesus' command of love became a central part of the apostolic teaching, showing up in all the gospels, in Acts, in all the epistles, and, in certain ways, even Revelation.
When everything around us is shaking, we hang on to the truth that you and I are in a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
the saints who have gone before us are an encouragement to us, for by the mighty wonder-working power of God, they persevered, and so can we.
her traditional title of “the sinful woman” is very misleading. In this story, she is portrayed as the devoted-to-Jesus woman, the forgiven-by-Jesus woman, the living-portrait-of-love-sacrifice-and-bold-faith woman.