Chastisement and Suffering (Complete Series)

Part 1: Introduction Do Christians experience chastisement from God? What about suffering? There are different ideas about these topics, and I expect these ideas to come up in the future, so I think it is worth looking into. There are multiple perspectives and teachings about the chastisement of God and suffering in the life ofContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering (Complete Series)”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 4: Final Thoughts

In this article I want to address some of the ideas mentioned in Part 1 of this series that I forgot to elaborate on. Should Christians feel shame? Is the feeling of shame a form of chastisement from God? A Christian might experience some form of shame before turning to Jesus, but once we haveContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 4: Final Thoughts”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 3: Should Christians Expect Suffering?

Suffering is not easy to think about, so it is understandable that many would shy away from the topic. Even so, we all suffer. This life is full of difficulties. Rather than denying the reality of Christian suffering, we should consider suffering as an expected part of Christian life. In so doing, we can findContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 3: Should Christians Expect Suffering?”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 2: Should Christians Expect Chastisement?

Should Christians expect chastisement from God? This can be a confusing topic. As Christians, we are counted as righteous before God through the blood of Jesus. Our sins are paid in full and we are forgiven. There is also a scripture in Isaiah 53 stating that Jesus bore our chastisement. Here is an excerpt: 3 HeContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 2: Should Christians Expect Chastisement?”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 1: Introduction

Do Christians experience chastisement from God? What about suffering? There are different ideas about these topics, and I expect these ideas to come up in the future, so I think it is worth looking into. There are multiple perspectives and teachings about the chastisement of God and suffering in the life of a Christian. IContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 1: Introduction”

A Series on Sin (Complete Series)

Part 1: Introduction For most of my teenage and adult life, the term “sin” made me think about pulpit pounding preachers and snooty church ladies wearing fancy clothes. Other than this vague connotation that I carried around in the back of my mind somewhere, I did not think about sin that much. I was not alwaysContinue reading “A Series on Sin (Complete Series)”

A Series on Sin Part 6: Treatment of Sinners

How should a Christian behave towards someone who is found in sin? Jesus says that we should treat others the way we want to be treated (Matthew 7). That sounds straight-forward enough, but things can become complicated by circumstance. I know what approach works for me. I appreciate a direct approach. I do not likeContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 6: Treatment of Sinners”

A Series on Sin Part 5: Do Christians Sin?

There are different beliefs about a Christian’s capacity for sin. From what I have seen, there is a spectrum that ranges from helplessness to holiness. What I mean is on one end we find those who feel as if they are hopelessly sinful apart from the grace of God through the blood of Jesus. TheyContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 5: Do Christians Sin?”

A Series on Sin Part 4: The Gospel

There is only one person who has walked this earth without sin: Jesus, the Son of God. We’ve probably heard this scripture before, but if not, then now is a good time to hear it: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in himContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 4: The Gospel”

A Series on Sin Part 3: The Effects of Sin

When we go against the will of God—when we sin—we are doing things that destroy ourselves and others. For a person to understand the effects of sin, we must come to terms with the reality of our sinful natures. It seems that our culture is full of declarations of positive self-image. We tell ourselves thatContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 3: The Effects of Sin”