Importance of Christian Identity- Part 1

Recently I was asked for photo identification and gave my driver’s license as proof of my legal identity. That led me to think about identity. We each have a variety of identities – a legal identity which is part of our public identity; a personal identity based on the fundamental motivating truths, attitudes, and desiresContinue reading “Importance of Christian Identity- Part 1”

Introduction to New Testament Part 3: As a Whole

Christ in the New Testament The New Testament is focused on Jesus Christ as Savior and LORD with the overall objective of drawing people to salvation in Christ. The culmination of the NT is in eternity with Christ’s endless reign over God’s people. Every page of the NT relates to Christ. He is the primaryContinue reading “Introduction to New Testament Part 3: As a Whole”

Introduction to New Testament Part 2: The Buildup to Christ

Beginning of Roman Rule of Judea In 63 B.C. Pompey conquered Syria and took over Judea for Rome. He immediately began reorganizing the eastern Mediterranean world. To aid in absorbing Israel as a Roman territory, Pompey appointed Hyrcanus II as high priest in Jerusalem. Things were relatively smooth for Israel for a few years. RomeContinue reading “Introduction to New Testament Part 2: The Buildup to Christ”

Introduction to New Testament Part 1: History of Judea Between the Testaments

Introduction The last book in the Old Testament was written by the prophet Malachi about 425 B.C. Roughly 420 years lapsed between Malachi’s writing and the birth of Christ. After Malachi there were no further prophets until John the Baptist. That period of “no prophets” is often called the “between the Testaments” period of silence.Continue reading “Introduction to New Testament Part 1: History of Judea Between the Testaments”

Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 7

Introduction Our character affects everyone and everything we come in contact with. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Character is destiny.” Good character is not inborn. It must be developed. Disciplined training of thought, speech, emotions, and actions is required. Everyone has a God-given conscience which causes us to feel good when we do what weContinue reading “Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 7”

Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 6

Introduction Our character affects everyone and everything we come in contact with. Good character is not inborn but must be developed. Thought, speech, emotions, and actions must be trained and disciplined. Understanding “right and wrong” is vital. Everyone has a God-given conscience which causes us to feel good when we do what we know isContinue reading “Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 6”

Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 5

Introduction to Christian Character Principles of good conduct have been sought, studied, and practiced for thousands of years. Aristotle listed 12 virtues he considered necessary for good conduct. God’s common grace makes it possible for all people to practice such virtues. Such virtues are necessary for Christian character but insufficient. What factor essential to ChristianContinue reading “Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 5”

Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 4

Introduction Temperament and character are two major elements which interact to form personality. Temperament is morally-neutral and determines the way we prefer to acquire information, make decisions, and whether we prefer inward thinking and activity or outward expression and activity. Temperament influences how we think, speak, and act. Temperament is inborn, remaining essentially the sameContinue reading “Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 4”

Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 3

Introduction It is useful to think of Personality as having two major components – temperament and character. Temperament is morally neutral. Character is that part of our personality which deals with moral matters. Bad character may choose to misuse the tools of Temperament in morally bad ways, but the tools themselves remain morally neutral. TheContinue reading “Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 3”

Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 2

Introduction to Temperament Through the ages attempts have been made to understand differences in behavior. One successful method was developed by Hippocrates about 450 B.C. Hippocrates used a holistic methodology based on observed patterns of similarities in the behavior of different people. From his observations, he identified 4 different patterns of behavior which he calledContinue reading “Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 2”