Everyone eventually dies. But the gospel says that everyone will be resurrected — brought back to life. When will this happen? The resurrection will occur when Christ returns (John 6:40; 1 Corinthians 15:21-23, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17). We will be given new and dramatically different bodies—imperishable, glorious, powerful, spiritual, and immortal (1 Corinthians 15:35-51).
References to: Michael Morrison
Good words for everyone
In chapter 4, Paul begins to address everyone: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should” (4:2-4). Prayer should be a consistent part of our lives, and we should be watchful, or alert.1
In his book about Jesus, Matthew frequently says that Jesus fulfilled verses from the Old Testament. One example comes in the story of Jesus’ birth.
Miraculous beginnings (verses 18-21)
“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about,” Matthew begins. “His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.”
A study of Mark 9:1-13
The disciples are discouraged — even dismayed. They thought they were following a Messiah into a glorious kingdom. But then Jesus told them that he was going to his death.
Where was the glory they hoped for, the kingdom that Jesus seemed to promise? Jesus needed to offer the disciples some hope for the future, and this is what comes next in the story.
Jesus did most of his ministry in the Jewish areas of Galilee and Judea. But on at least one occasion, he traveled north of Galilee. He used the retreat to debrief his disciples, to discuss his mission, and to teach a fundamental lesson about what it means to be a disciple.
Amos 7 addresses the role of mercy in God’s judgment. The book of Amos begins by announcing punishments on nations near Israel (1:3-2:5). Each prophecy begins with a stereotyped introduction that includes the words "I will not turn away." Then, punishments are pronounced on Israel – primarily for social injustice and false worship (2:6-6:14). The theological theme of these earlier chapters may be summarized by saying that God judges his people and punishes disobedience.
Three Views of the Millennium
For many Christians, the millennium is a very important doctrine. For some, it is “the wonderful world tomorrow.” It is an upbeat message about good news for the entire world — a new and far better world will come after Christ returns to put an end to this evil world. The millennium will be a thousand years of righteous rule, when people will obey God, when there will be peace worldwide, when even animals will be at peace with one another.
The first chapter of the Bible says that God made heaven and earth and every living thing in six days. Are those six "days" to be understood literally, as six 24-hour days, or are they symbolic — figures of speech? Bible-believing Christians disagree on this topic, often with great emotion, sometimes condemning all who do not understand Genesis 1 in the same way as they do.
Angels are spirit beings, messengers and servants of God. They have a special role in four major events of Jesus’ life, and Jesus referred to them on occasion as he taught about other subjects.
The Gospels are not designed to answer all our questions about angels. They give us only incidental information as angels enter the story.
The Scriptures were an important part of Jesus’ work. He used the Old Testament as an authoritative basis for beliefs and behavior. He used the Hebrew Bible to prove his points, to explain his mission and ministry, and to communicate God’s will for his people.
Jesus and the Pharisees agreed that God had inspired the Scriptures. Jesus disagreed with them about interpretations, but they all agreed on the basic belief that these writings were true and authoritative.