What, exactly, should be the basis of unity and fellowship with God and other believers for all who call themselves Christians? The apostle John writes, "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us" (1 Jn. 1:3, emphasis added). Clearly, unity and fellowship are predicated upon sound doctrine. The apostles could only enjoy true, biblical fellowship with others in the body of Christ if the members of Christ's body received and believed their God-given words. The very word fellowship (Gr.
A key distinctive of the New Evangelicalism is its insistence that Christian ministry in today’s culture must focus on the supposed “positive” truths from the Word of God and disregard or relegate to irrelevance the “negative” tenets such as exposing error and warning saints of the false teachers and movements of our day. In this spirit, New Evangelicalism notoriously rejects Biblical separation, an expansive doctrine of the Word that requires the faithful servant of the Lord not only to warn of doctrinal error but also to separate from it.
The Word of God prophesies of two persons who will wield world-wide authority. Concerning one, we read: "And it was given him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and authority was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations" (Rev. 13:7). This person, the Antichrist, will possess for a time world-wide rule, although since Calvary all authority, whether in heaven or on earth, rightfully belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Several times in the New Testament, God allowed the apostle Paul to share some personal desires of his heart, even though Paul realized that such “wishes” would not come to pass as he had hoped. For example, in Romans 15, Paul told the believers in Rome that he had greatly wanted to travel to Spain and then visit them in Rome, but he was “hindered from coming to [them]” (v. 22). He told the Philippian believers that he desired to depart and be with Christ, but he realized that God wanted him to continue his earthly ministry for the benefit of the church (Phil.
His coming as Saviour was in exact fulfillment of God’s Word fulfilling all that God had promised and spoken of hope and life to the world since the day of Adam. He was born in Bethlehem, the “City of David.” Bethlehem means “House of Bread”; Bethlehem-Ephratah means “Fruitful House of Bread” (Micah 5:2). He is the Bread of Life, God’s provision for hungry and needy souls. His name was called Jesus, which means “Saviour” (Matt. 1:21; Lk. 1:31, 2:21) of all those dead in trespasses and sins.