Part 1: Prolonged Singleness As a Non-Normative Blessing
In the most recent sermon from our Onward series, we considered the significance of the family within the kingdom of God, looking specifically at both marriage and singleness. Since churches are prone to giving attention to marriage and parenting to the neglect of singleness, even though single men and women make up a growing portion of our churches, I wanted to give some extra time to a Biblical reflection on singleness. Continue reading Dear single people, from your local pastor (Part 1)
In the first week of our Onward series (based on the book by Russell Moore) Pastor Nic demystified the idea of the “kingdom of God” and set the stage for the following six weeks in which we look to the Bible to help us engage the culture without losing the gospel.
You can find the rest of the series on our website here.
As part of our Onward series, we’re taking questions from the congregation related to ideas that come up in our sermons, class, and small groups discussions. Some questions will be covered in our Engage & Equip podcast, and others will be discussed here on the blog, so keep your eye out for more posts in both places!
Today’s question came after the first sermon of the series, focusing on the kingdom of God:
“Please explain the differences between Christ’s Millennial Reign, Heaven, and the New Heaven and New Earth.”
I’ll discuss each of these terms and how they’re related to one of the main themes of our series, having a kingdom mindset. Continue reading Questions from Onward: Heaven and the Reign of Christ
The founders of the United States asked the question, “Now that we have won our liberty, how can liberty continue, when no nation has ever been formed on the basis of liberty?” Our teachers in school taught us that they organized a government that had a declaration of rights and the separation of powers, both in federalism and in the division of the federal government. These were aimed at keeping any person or party from consolidating enough power to be tyrannical. They then formed a government just strong enough to prevent weakness from producing anarchy, which would cause people to call for tyranny in order to have peace and safety.
The Necessity of Virtue
Yet this was not the primary foundational conviction of the American fathers. All of our structures are built upon a more basic set of convictions about human nature. The fathers so assumed these ideas that they are rarely made explicit in their writings, but you can find evidence of them everywhere. Continue reading The Golden Triangle of Freedom
From time to time, I have a conversation with someone via email that gets at ideas that I think will be helpful for the broader High Point body. In this exchange, I was asked about the Bible’s teachings on matters of the Holy Spirit and his gifting of us, and how we should think about and prepare for spiritual opposition.
I hope this will serve as a helpful addition to your personal study of the Bible as you try to understand this critical aspect of life in Christ.
What does the Bible teach on speaking in tongues? And what does the Bible teach on deliverance? I have looked for answers myself, but I’m still not 100% sure what the answers are.
It turns out that is a little bit bigger question than you might think, though the answer really isn’t all that difficult on the face of it. Continue reading Questions: On Spiritual gifts and warfare
From time to time, I have a conversation with someone via email that gets at ideas that I think will be helpful for the broader High Point body. A High Point member recently came to me for advice about how to respond to a very difficult situation involving a family member’s homosexual wedding.
In other posts, I’ve discussed homosexuality and the specific dilemma of deciding whether or not to attend a friend’s or family member’s gay wedding. This post deals more with how to dialogue with love and candor with those who object to our objections.
I’m sharing this discussion with you, with the member’s permission, in the hope that it will help you as you think through a loving, Biblical response to issues like this which will inevitably become more and more a part of our normal experience. Continue reading Questions: On attending a homosexual wedding