Hello. I’m Kenneth Wright, the minister of the Church of Christ in New Iberia, Louisiana. Welcome to In Light of the Word.
Today, we will look at the fourth church of the seventh churches in the Book of Revelation.
18 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I Know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
This letter gave encouragement to the church of Thyatira to persevere in their witnessing Christ as the real Son of God. Let’s now come together to understand the circumstances of this church that necessitated so much attention of Jesus. This is the only time in the Book of Revelation Christ is referred to as the Son of God.
So, go get your bible and study along with me. Welcome to In Light of the Word.
Do you believe in Christ? Or do you “live by faith in the Son of God” (Gal. 2:20)? Did you know the two do not necessarily mean the same thing, though if you are in fact doing the latter you are also thereby doing the former. Belief and faith are not identical, and the difference can have eternal consequences. You might believe in the existence of God, and you might even believe that God became man in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. But if you don’t live a life of faith in the Son of God, your belief will be of no avail at the judgment seat of God. Come and be with us this Sunday (2/9/2014 @ 10:00 AM) as we continue our Back to Basics Series and study – “The Essential Nature of Faith.”
Many people ridicule it; many people fear it; and far too many people are confused about it. Words like “the coming apocalypse”, “anarchy upon the Earth”, “devastation from above”, all these things tend to cast fear into the minds and hearts of those who pick up the book and read it. But Jesus says, “Blessed are the ones who read these words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near”.
Hello, I’m Ken Wright, the minister of the church of Christ in New Iberia, Louisiana. I want to invite you to stay with us tonight as we strip away the confusion and concern that you may have concerning the Book of Revelation. In Light of the Word.
Like the Children of Israel many look for someone else to blame for their own sins. In their search for self-justification the Israelites they came up with a really cute and logical proverb that went like this: “The fathers may eat the sour grapes but the children’s teeth will be set on edge.” This meant that whatever the fathers of each successive generation did may not affect them, but it would surely affect their children and grandchildren. This was Israel’s way of blaming… their forefathers and even God, for the sin that they committed and the judgments they had to face.
In using this proverb they absolved themselves from the penalty for their own sin and place it upon the head of their ancestors. It is amazing what people will do to continue in their sinful lifestyles isn’t it? The word “Repent” has seemingly lost its meaning in our modern society – however, God has made this forgotten command a prerequisite for salvation. Join us at the New Iberia Church of Christ this Sunday (2-16-2014 @ 10:00 AM) as we continue our Back to Basics series with the message: “God’s Call to Repentance.”
Colon Brown in his Dictionary Of New Testament Theology says, “Homologous is a LEGAL WORD. It’s is used where a man agrees with the statement of another. And This AGREEING, expresses itself in a promise or commitment. It’s a LEGAL CONTRACT. So, “Homologous” is a confession and it is equivalent to a LEGAL — BINDING oath.
When applied to New Testament Christianity, confession means, To confess the Deity, The Lordship, The SOVEREIGNTY… of Christ.
It means to agree that …the historical Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the only begotten son of God who came as the Savior of the world. So, Confession is agreeing that we’ll commit ourselves to his Lordship… His sovereignty.
Now folks, if such a confession is crucial to our salvation… We need some Biblical basis for what we believe. Join us this Sunday as we continue our Series “Back to Basics” and study the subject of Confession – In light of the Word.
Jesus told Nicodemus, ” Not only is it possible for you to live in my kingdom, Its available to everybody; But – You must be born again to possess it.
It’s interesting to note that the Greek word translated AGAIN in our English Bibles literally means FROM ABOVE. In fact, out of the thirteen times that the Greek word AN-O-THEN is used in the New Testament, only here in verse three and seven is it translated AGAIN by our King James translators. So Jesus is saying, “I tell you the truth,. Unless a man is born FROM ABOVE. he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.”
In other words, Entrance into this new life is by a new birth… Being Born from above.
Come join us this Sunday as we explore this new birth.