What it means to be a follower of Jesus
A Serious Commitment
"And Jesus opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures" (Luke 24:45)
A Roman emperor intent on using religion to unify a collapsing empire, church leaders preventing people from reading the Bible, the humble printing press, and a lot of man facing bitter persecution because of their determination to seek Bible truth... they all played a part in making Christianity what it is today.
Throughout our lives we are probably all guilty of promising something and then failing to deliver. Most parents will have heard their children say: “But you promised!” at some point. One of the biggest promises people can make is the marriage vow: “until death do us part…” and yet the national divorce rate is estimated at 42%.
Facts about Jesus
At this week's evening Bible Talk, we thought about the power of God's word, and its effect on us. Romans 12:2 gives a useful starting point:
"...be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:2).
Our speaker identified seven principles that we should aim for in our lives, in subjection to the Living Word of the Living God:
1. Acceptance (of teachings)
Professor Stephen Hawking stressed that there is no long-term future for humanity on the earth. ‘Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth.’(1) The entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder of Spacex, said, ‘Humans need to be a ‘muliti-planet’ species…’in order to safeguard the existence of humanity in the event that something catastrophic were to happen.’ God, however, assures us that nothing is going to destroy the earth.
Some people decide there is no God. This concept, propagated by the media, encourages some to go along with this idea. Others say their own particular view of God is the correct one, so in effect, create God in their own image. They like to think that God goes along with their ideas; a difficult concept to square with the many differing ‘ideologies’ people have come up with.
Let’s find out the truth through God’s word. The phrase ‘The Word of God’ occurs 300 times in the Bible. God even offers proof: See Isaiah 46: 9-10, Micah 5:2, Isaiah 53.
When making a case for an idea or a course of action, you are more likely to be heard by someone else if you have an agreed basis.