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Do You Know The Voice Of God?

Do You Know The Voice Of God?
Each of us desires it yet so many of us struggle to know what the voice of God ‘sounds’ like. Is it an audible voice? Is it a gut feeling? Is it a whisper? Well, the answer to those questions could be any and all of those things. Maybe this is something that you’ve found yourself struggling with before, perhaps you have decisions that await you and you’re doing your best just to make the right decision. Maybe you’re trying to discern where to go to college, which job to take or who you should date.  Like so many of us, maybe you just desire to hear the voice of God in your day-to-day life. 

John 10:27 says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

In many ways, this verse suggests that as followers of Jesus, in order to follow Him, we first have to know his voice. Maybe the conclusion that we can draw from all this is that we actually do know the voice of God more than we realize but we don’t always attribute it to being the voice of God. The worries of life, the challenges we face, and the busyness we all seem to find ourselves in the middle of often cloud the things that really matter.  
If you’ve been tempted to think that God doesn’t speak or that He’s some distant being that is hard to find, we want to be the first to say that we understand how you feel. 

🔊 His goal is never to make hearing Him hard for you, as a matter of fact, He wants a relationship with us that goes far beyond the level of an acquaintance, God desires intimacy.

We were created to have intimacy with God. Through spending time in the Word, worship, and prayer, we grow in this intimacy, which is one of the main reasons The Brand Sunday exists!  

Part of hearing the voice of God means that we need to let Him speak to us, yes, that means that we’re going to have to take moments where we just sit in His presence and listen!

There are two Greek words for the ‘Word’ –

  • Logos - This is the inspired Word of God and also a name for Jesus who is the living Word.

  • Rhema - This is the whisper of the Holy Spirit. This is how scripture helps us relate to the here and now. This could be a still small whisper, a gut feeling, or a thought that rushes in.

These are just a few ways that we hear the voice of God, through His Word, and through the little ‘nudges’ in our day-to-day lives, but it’s often the ‘nudges’ that we don’t always think of as God’s voice! 

🔊 Hearing the voice of God may not be as complicated as we sometimes make it and we would suggest that God is speaking more than we have often given Him credit.

So much of this comes down to us, are we making time for God to speak and move in our lives in a way that reflects the desire we have for Him too? Be intentional about growing in your intimacy with Him by getting in the Word.  If you don’t know where to begin, we have reading plans available to you right here, on the left side, on the Community platform. 

In Jeremiah 33:3, it says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Remember, God is still speaking to you today, whether you’re at work, school, or home. That gut feeling that you have, well, that may just be the Lord speaking to you and guiding you today!

📣 In what ways can you be more intentional about hearing the voice of God today?

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How Do I Study the Bible Effectively?

How Do I Study the Bible Effectively?

One of the most common questions that we’re asked here at The Brand Sunday is, “How do I study the Bible?” Whether you’ve been a Christian for one day or a few years, this is a question that many are asking more often than not. If you’re asking this question, you’re not alone. Reading the Bible can be a little intimidating but learning how to study the Bible, well, that may even seem a bit overwhelming, and we get it, trust us, we’ve been there too!

This is a big reason why we’ve created resources here at The Brand Sunday, to make it easier to understand the Bible and to help you grow in your faith in Christ. It’s when we begin to understand what the Bible says about us and who Jesus is that our faith is strengthened and it’s when our faith is strengthened that we experience the fullness that Christ desires for us.  

This is why learning how to study the Bible is so important. Learning to study the Bible is not simply to understand facts or events that took place, but to have a greater understanding of the context behind those stories and to understand what the writer, and ultimately God is trying to convey to us through each verse.  

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”

The Bible isn't just a collection of stories to help us feel inspired, but for Christians, it’s the ultimate tool that guides our daily lives, the values we live by derive from the very word of God. Scripture describes it as “alive and powerful” and when we study the Bible as it was intended, it does work not only in us, it’s better than that, but through us as well!

The Bible is the ultimate tool that guides our daily lives.

We live in an age where Biblical illiteracy is at an all-time high. There are 2.38 billion Christians in the world. 65% of people in America would consider themselves Christians. Now, this is where it gets a little bit more interesting, of that 65% of Christians in America, only 55% say that they read their Bible more than 2x a month. And finally, only 25% of Generation Z say that they read their Bible more than 2x a month. This is a problem, but we see it as an opportunity! An opportunity to really help make studying the Bible easier.

“So, how do I study the Bible?”, “ Do you have any practical tips that I can put into place?” 

5 Tips to Help You Study the Bible:

Understand the Bible from a big picture perspective

  • Read through the entire Bible over the course of a specific timeframe so you can really begin to understand the big picture before moving forward. Try reading making it a goal to read the Bible in 90 days, using our 90 Day Bible Study Sprint guide.

Pick a book that you want to dive deeper into

  • Begin with one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and read through it 5 times. This will allow you to understand the big picture of that specific book.

Learn as much about the book as you can before you dig into it

  • Take a look at who wrote it, who it was written to, and when and why it was written. Knowing the context of the letter is going to help you in understanding what it says and how it relates to you.

Now go through the book slower 

  • Read through it word by word and verse by verse.  Really take some time to read it and understand why this book plays into the big picture perspective.

Ask yourself, ‘How does this book relate to me?’

  • Each book relates to us. Take out your notebook and pen, and begin to journal what that life lesson is for you! If you’d like a little more of an in-depth look at how you can do this, be sure to watch the video, How to Study the Bible (SOAP Method).

Finding time to read and study the Bible can be challenging, but what we suggest is to find time each day that works for you, maybe that’s in the morning when you wake up or before you go to bed. It’s not the time of the day that’s most important but more so finding time to do it. Remember studying the Bible is like a marathon. It will take some time and discipline, and that’s ok, it’s not a race but keep going!  What you’ll find is that God will begin to speak to you in ways that you’ve been praying for, God has so much more for us if we don’t give up!

In what ways are you looking for God to speak to you as you start spending more time in His word?

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Is Bible Study Important in My Life?

Is Bible Study Important in My Life?

This is a great question, and it’s a question that many, if not all of us have thought about at one point or another along our faith journey.

Let’s begin by first laying some groundwork. We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, meaning that the words in the Bible are the living and breathing words of God given to us. It is not just a book with some good stories or great moral principles, it’s much deeper than that. The impact that this book has had in the world and in the lives of people is far greater than any other book that’s ever been written.

The Bible is the inspired word of God.

At this point, we probably know what you’re thinking: how can a book that was written some 2,000 years ago still be applicable in my life today? The truth is that as you take time for Bible Study, you will find that it is still very relatable to your life today—even in the 21st century! The Bible speaks to our situations and the circumstances that we go through, but, even more important than that, it also speaks to our spirit in ways that nothing else can; it satisfies the longing that our souls desire.

With this context in mind, we believe Bible Study for any believer should be an essential part of their walk with Christ. It’s really why we’ve set out to create resources like The Bible Study and have made it our mission to help you understand the Bible in a personal way. 

Bible Study isn’t only for the seasoned philosopher or the longtime Christian but can be easy enough for the student who is in the midst of finals or the parent who is building a business and raising a family! Does doing it make you more saved? By no means, but we do believe that it helps you live a much more fulfilled life and a life that God desires for you. 

Our souls are a beautiful thing. Everything we do in life is an overflow of it, meaning that our actions, our words, and the things that we think about were first birthed from there. “Does this mean taking care of our soul is important?” We’re glad you asked! Yes, it’s not only important, but it’s also crucial! Just like we eat food daily to give our bodies the proper nutrition in order to grow and strengthen, we must also feed our soul so that it can remain healthy and strong; and we do this through Bible Study! Matthew 4:4 says,

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Satisfying our physical bodies through eating is important, but what Jesus is trying to convey in this verse is if satisfying our physical bodies is all we’re worried about, then we’ve missed the point. We must feed our souls with the bread of life so that we can truly live.

Bible Study is how we satisfy our spiritual bodies; it allows us to grow in our relationship with God and see things the way he desires us to see things. It reminds us of his goodness when we’re on the mountain tops and helps us in the most challenging moments because it strengthens our faith and gives us hope through the promises of God. In order for us to think like Jesus, we have to know how he thought and in order for us to know the heart of Jesus, we have to know what He cared about. All this we learn through Bible Study and spending time in His Word.

Bible Study is how we satisfy our spiritual bodies.

Of course, this takes time and it will take discipline. For most of us, setting time aside to read anything is challenging because of how busy our lives are, but when we set time aside to spend time with God, we fill our hearts and our minds in ways that they were created for. For many people, reading the Bible can seem daunting. Maybe you have the desire to read the Word, but really don’t know where to start. Be sure to watch the video How to Study The Bible, where we share our top five tips for studying the Bible. 

Find some time to spend in your Bible. As you do it, you will find the voice of God becomes a little louder, allowing you to not only hear his voice but to follow his voice! 

What is God telling you today?

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Why do Christians fast?

Why do Christians fast?

Have you ever fasted before? Maybe your church does something like 21 days of prayer and fasting every year. A common question tho is “why do we fast” and also how do you fast? Because lets be honest, I get hangry if I just miss one meal.

Well, we see fasting throughout Scripture as a really good thing for us to do. It’s never commanded, but it’s pretty clear that there are a lot of benefits to actually fasting, especially before really important decisions because it allows you to clear your mind and focus solely on Jesus and hearing the voice of God. Which is what Christian fasting really is. It isn’t necessarily to starve ourselves from food, the main focus is to shift our focus completely 100% on God instead of fulfilling our personal fleshly desires. It’s about becoming more like Jesus and more dependent on the Holy Spirit. So if you’re fasting from food, the time that you would normally eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, should be spent with Him, through prayer, worship, or reading the Bible.

Now there are a few different types of fasting. The first one is a food fast for a certain amount of time where you only drink liquids. If you want to do this I would suggest talking to your doctor first to make sure that you’re ok to go an extended amount of time without food. Another type of fast that I suggest is a Daniel Fast. Which comes from the book of Daniel in the Old Testament where he only ate vegetables for 3 weeks straight. This type of fast is limited to vegetables, fruits, and grains. The third type of fast that I see a lot is a fast from TV or social media. And instead of spending time scrolling through IG, you’re spending time scrolling through Scripture.

So, to recap those three: Complete food fast, Daniel Fast, or media fast.

Now if you’re going to do a food fast, I have some tips. That also apply to the others as well.

Start slow. If you’ve never fasted before, begin with just one meal.
Continue to drink water to stay hydrated. While some individuals in the Bible fasted from both food and water, this choice can be dangerous if you’re not experienced with fasting or haven’t consulted a medical professional.
If you’re accustomed to drinking caffeine, don’t stop suddenly. Decrease your intake for a few days before you fast or you may suffer headaches.
Don’t overeat before or after your fast. Eat smaller, healthier meals, including raw foods before and after.
Only tell people if you have to, we aren’t supposed to make a scene out of it. Matthew 6:16-18 says, “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
Make a firm and prayerful commitment before you begin that you can remember while you’re fasting. Your commitment to fast is between you and God, so be sure to make a sincere and wholehearted commitment.
Consciously reflect on scripture and your experience. Your physical response will often reveal spiritual truths.

So those are my top 7 tips on fasting. By focusing your attention of Christ instead of the world, you are bound to become more like him and have clarity on whatever change or decision you are fasting over. I pray that this has helped and you better understand how and why we fast as Christians.

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What is spiritual warfare?

What is spiritual warfare?

A topic you may hear discussed in Christian settings, depending on which denomination you spend time around, is spiritual warfare and the fact that there is a real spiritual battle taking place all around us between good and evil.

John 3:8 says, “the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. And once you and I became believers, that’s one of our roles here on earth as well. To destroy the works of the devil. Because the truth of the matter is that he will do anything possible to prevent us from moving forward with God’s plan for our lives and those around us. There are seasons where it may seem like all of hell has broken loose, but we can be confident that if we learn to press on and fight against it, we will be rewarded in the end.

One thing to note is that the more you fight for God, the more you are doing for the kingdom, the greater opposition you will face, but that means there’s even greater potential for fruit and victory once you break through. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:57-58, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” Anytime we step out to follow God or lead others to follow God, we can expect a little spiritual warfare. But the cool thing is that the battle can be won!

So, how can we fight and win the spiritual battle? Here are my top 10 tips:

  1. Avoid isolation. The first thing that most of us want to do when going through a spiritual battle is to isolate ourselves from others, but that’s never a good idea. Run to others that can help you in the fight.
  2. Pray. We have a God that loves us and wants to meet our needs. Often, we’re not equipped for the battle because we fail to go to the source of power. Trust God and lean on Him and He will give you strength.
  3. Claim the promises of God. God has never made a promise that He did not keep. Find His promises in Scripture and claim them when the road ahead is rocky.
  4. Confess your sin. If there is sin in your life you need to confess to God and turn away from it. Not only will sin keep us from hearing the voice of God, but it will give the enemy something to hang onto in the fight against us.
  5. Resist temptation. We often fail right here. The attack comes and we give up because we somehow believe there is no hope. If we trust in the power of God, the enemy will run.
  6. Avoid compromise. For some reason, this is easier said than done. Stay away from things and people that cause you to stumble. You are not strong enough. You are not the exception. Stay away. This includes people who are not necessarily sinful but who cause you to be discouraged.
  7. Claim the victory. The great thing about being a Christian is that we can have confidence in the victory because it has already been won! Stop looking for the victory and start living in response to it.
  8. Do the right thing. Knowing what is right is good but doing what is right is better. Do what you know is right whether you feel like it or not. When you feel the least like doing the right thing, that is when you need it most.
  9. Get some rest. Both spiritual and physical fatigue have the potential to cloud our judgment. We are vulnerable when we are tired. Sometimes the best thing that you can do is get along with God and His Word and get a good night of sleep.
  10. Praise God for His goodness. God has been so good to us! When we begin to praise Him for His many blessings in our life we cannot help but be encouraged.

So those are my top 10 tips on how to fight and win the spiritual battle going on around us and coming against us when we are spreading the kingdom. I pray that helps!

Peace.

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Is the Bible true?

Is the Bible true?

Is the Bible true and reliable? Is it really God’s Word?

If you believe that it is then we should be studying it daily and living out all of its teachings. But what makes us believe in it fully? Why have so many millions or billions of people changed their lives around because of the words inside this book? It’s fascinating isn’t it?

Well when we look at the Bible, one of the coolest things is the unity throughout. From the first page of Genesis to the last page of Revelation, the content and thoughts inside are all consistent. Which is incredible because it was written over the course of 1500 years by 40 authors in 3 different languages.

We believe the Bible to be God’s Word. Now it didn’t fall from the sky or anything crazy like that. We believe that the Holy Spirit empowered the authors of the Bible to write God’s thoughts. It wasn’t a weird thing at all. The authors knew that they were writing, knew what they were writing, and knew why they were writing it, it just so happens to be that they were led by the Spirit in the writing and they were sharing God’s actual thoughts.

One of the coolest things we see throughout Scripture is all of the prophecies relating to Israel and mankind as a whole. Super detailed. And a bunch of the stuff has already happened. Like hundreds of prophecies about Jesus that were actually fulfilled during his life. Looking at where he was born, how he would die, that he would rise again, the list goes on and on. It’s nuts.

But how do we know that things within the text weren’t changed over time? Well that’s where archaeology comes into play and how the text has spread. the Bible actually has more historical information on the ancient world than any other book. Even if you just use it as a history book it answers a lot of questions. But obviously we believe that it’s much more than a history book. There are over 5,000 manuscripts of scripture that has been found over the years. And in 1947 archaeologists found what’s called the Dead Sea Scrolls that contained a bunch of manuscripts that were 1000 years older than any that we had before then. And what’s even crazier is that there was a 99.5% accuracy between those and the others we had. And really the only errors or differences were sentence structures or misspelled words. The thoughts were identical.

Another thing when looking at the reliability of the Bible is Jesus. Was he a real person and did he actually do what the Bible says?

The answer is yes. We have writings from non-Christian, unbiased historians like Josephus and Tacitus that talk all about Jesus. Who he was, what he did, his death, everything. And they had no reason to aside from documenting history. So Jesus was for sure real, what makes you a Christian is whether or not you believe that he rose again and was actually the Messiah, which I definitely do.

There is no book like the Bible. It’s estimated to have 5 billion copies in print. Been translated into hundreds of languages. And the content is just as true today as it was back then.

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How to read the Old Testament

How to read the Old Testament

So, how do you read the Old Testament? Especially when there are all of these weird things like laws and killing animals and prophecies and everything. Does it even relate to today? Can we apply it at all?

Well in other videos we will look deeper into things like the sacrificial system and the difference between Old and New Testament prophecy, but for now I think it makes the most sense to go through the layout of the Old Testament and show the differences between our Bible today and the Hebrew Bible.

First off, if you didn’t know, the Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew and actually all of the books in the Old Testament make up the Hebrew Bible. The main difference between Christianity and Judaism is that Jewish people do not believe that Jesus was their messiah so they’re still waiting for him to come, but it’s the same God. We just believe that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament.

One important thing to note is that the Bible was meant to be understood as a whole. We should be reading it book by book in order to understand first how each verse relates to the book and then from a big picture perspective, how each book relates to the complete Bible. We need to study the history behind each book too because that will help us understand the content even more. Remember that the Bible is a history book. These are real stories that happened to real people in the real world, just a long time ago.

If you’ve tried to read the Old Testament before, you probably noticed that once you hit the prophetic books you got lost and it stopped making sense. Well that’s because the Christian Bible today is based off of what’s called the Septuagint, the Greek translation, and people that were in charge of organizing the layout changed it up a little bit from the original Hebrew version. So in the Bible Study you’ll see that our plan is more chronological so when you’re studying the books they make more sense.

In the Hebrew Bible it’s split into 3 clear sections. You have the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings.

The Law or the Torah is the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy. Here we learn about Creation and the Fall of Man. We meet Abraham and Sarah and learn about their 12 sons. We follow the Israelites into slavery in Egypt and meet a man named Moses who actually sets the people free and is their fearless leader, bringing them to the Promised Land.

The second section of the Old Testament is the Prophets, which is split into two groups: the Former Prophets and the Latter Prophets. The Former Prophets begins with a man named Joshua leading the Israelites, he was trained by Moses so they were in good hands. Over time tho, Israel began to fall apart and head towards destruction. We learn about that in the books Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings.

And the second grouping is the Latter Prophets. They contain 3 large books and 12 “minor prophets” or shorter books. The big ones were Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. And the minor ones were Hosea, Joel, Amos, a guy named Obadiah, and Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. These books are also all about the destruction of Israel and their time in exile.

Then the third second section of the Bible is the Writings. Where we have poetic books like Psalms, Proverbs and Job. There are the scrolls: Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther. The story of Daniel. And then a few historical books: Ezra, Nehemiah, and 1 and 2 Chronicles.

So to recap, we have the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings. Your Bible most likely has them a little out of order, but if you watch our other video on the timeline of the Bible you’ll be able to see where each book fits in history. And once you understand that, it will make a whole lot more sense.

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Top 10 "Did you knows" about the Bible

Top 10 "Did you knows" about the Bible

This week we are going to go a little lighter than normal and we are going to look at my top 10 “Did you knows” about the Bible.

Number one, it took over 1,000 years to complete the Old Testament. From around 1446 BC to about 430 BC.

Number two, contrary to the majority of Bibles today, the first Bibles didn’t have chapters or verses. A lot of them were just letters, which is also why I always suggest studying entire books instead of picking random verses out.

Speaking of Bibles, the smallest Bible is smaller than the tip of a pen.

Number four, the Bible is made up of about 40 different authors in total.

And there are over 6,000 prophecies throughout scripture and there were hundred of prophecies about Jesus’ first coming that all came true during his time on earth. And there’s far more prophecies for his second coming, which is pretty cool.

Number six, the world’s most “stolen book” is actually the Bible.
And number 7, the Bible has sold more copies than any other book in history. Since there are so many translations and printings, it’s estimated to have 5 billion copies in print. It’s been translated into 349 languages and 2,123 languages have at least one book of the Bible in that language, according to Guinness World Records. Whoah.

For number 8, Amen is the last word of the Bible. It’s done. It’s complete. We consider the Bible to be a closed canon, which means no books or letters can be added to it.

Number 9, the shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35, which says, “Jesus wept”. I love that because so simply it shows the human side of Jesus and I know it’s comforting for a lot of us to know Jesus dealt with the same feelings we may be going through.

And lastly, number 10, I love this one, there are a total of 365 verses that tell us not to fear. That could be broken down to every day of the year. Pretty cool. So no matter what you’re going through, chase after God’s promises for your life, because he wants you to thrive.

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Difference between Calvinism and Arminianism

Difference between Calvinism and Arminianism

Ok we don’t normally get too deep doctrinally, but I thought having a basic understanding of Calvinism and Arminianism is important. Granted what I’m going to share isn’t super deep, you can do much more research on this topic, but knowing which camp your doctrine falls into is important on how you read the Bible and evangelize. If you have no idea what I’m talking about that’s ok haha we’ll get into it.

One of the most divisive debates in the history of the Church centers around the opposing doctrines of salvation known as Calvinism and Arminianism. Calvinism is based on the theological beliefs and teachings of a leader of the Reformation named John Calvin who was alive in the 1500’s, and Arminianism is based on the views of the Dutch theologian Jacobus Arminius. Hence Calvinism and Arminianism.

Arminius actually studied under the son in law of Calvin, but when he was diving into the book of Romans he began to doubt some Calvinistic doctrines, which led to two ways of thinking.

Calvinism centers around the supreme sovereignty of God, predestination, the total depravity of man, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of saints.

Arminianism on the other hand emphasizes conditional election based on God’s foreknowledge, man’s free will to cooperate with God in salvation, Christ’s universal atonement, resistible grace, and salvation that can potentially be lost.

I know that sounds like a lot but lets look at a few of those topics to compare them side by side.

So, first, God’s sovereignty. This is the belief that God is in complete control over everything that happens in the universe. His will is the final cause of all things. Calvinists believe God is 100% sovereign and he knows everything that will happen because he planned it. Arminians believe God is sovereign, but has limited control in relation to man’s freedom and their response to it.

Another one, Election. This is the concept of how people are chosen for salvation. Calvinists believe that God elected some people to be saved and it has nothing to do with man’s future response. Arminians believe that election is based on God’s foreknowledge of those who would believe in him through faith, which means God chooses those who chose him on their own free will, based on man’s response to God’s offer of salvation.

You see how the two sides can be quite different? Ok one more, even tho there is a bunch. We have Perseverance of the saints, which is tied to the “once saved, always saved” debate and the question of eternal security. The Calvinist says that believers will persevere in salvation because God will see to it that none will be lost. Believers are secure in their faith because God will finish the work he began. On the other hand, Arminianism says that because of free will, believers can turn away or fall away from grace and potentially lose their salvation.

Man, that was deep. That was a lot haha. At the end of the day, no matter what you currently believe, it’s important to note that all of the doctrinal points in both theological positions, Calvinism and Arminianism, have a biblical foundation, which is why the debate has been so divisive and enduring throughout church history. Different denominations disagree over which points are correct, rejecting all or some of either system of theology, leaving a lot of us believers with a mixed perspective on what we truly believe. Because both Calvinism and Arminianism deal with concepts that go far beyond human comprehension, the debate is certain to continue as human beings try to explain an infinitely mysterious God.
And I hope that shed a little light on the topic. Peace.

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What is communion?

What is communion?

Welcome to Sunday Bible Study Basics where we help you dive deeper in your faith.

So you may have been in church before and you’ve been a part of something called communion. Where you get in line to walk up front and you eat a little piece of bread or gluten free cracker and you drink a little cup of wine or grape juice. And the pastor quotes Jesus saying, “do this in remembrance of me”.

But why do we do that? Where did that come from?

Well we have to go back to a story in the book of Exodus, where all of the Egyptian firstborns are killed as one of the plagues sent against them, but the Israelite children are saved, as long as their parents kill a lamb and sprinkled it’s blood over their doorpost at night. God then commanded the Israelites to celebrate this every year with a feast and called it Passover. It sounds wild I know. But the amazing part is the symbolism behind it.

Fast forward almost two thousand years and Jesus is sitting in the Upper Room with his disciples and they’re actually celebrating the Passover meal. One of the first things Jesus does is break a loaf of bread and gave thanks to God and then he said “This is my body, which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Then later on in the evening he took a cup of wine and said, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood”.

And the next day, Jesus was crucified.

He broke bread to symbolize his body being broken.
And he took wine to symbolize the horrific murder that he was going to encounter.
And Jesus said, “do this in remembrance of me.” So today, whether you celebrate an actual Passover feast or if your church does communion every month, the act of breaking bread and drinking the wine is to be done in remembrance of what Jesus did for us and it’s a celebration of what it represented. The fact that he took away our sins and he will one day return again.

So it shouldn’t be a somber experience. I feel like a lot of churches make it that. It should be a celebration. We should be filled with gratitude. Jesus’ death resulted in us, you and me, living under a New Covenant. And we shouldn’t be sad because he’s no longer dead! He rose after three days and he’s coming back again in all of his glory to incorporate a new heaven and a new earth for all of us to live right alongside him.

So that is why we celebrate communion. Have the best week.

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