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finding God's will

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I received a question from a friend about finding God's will for her life. I decided to write down everything I know about that topic, and it only came to a couple of pages. I'm sure she won't mind if I share it here... ON DIVINE GUIDANCE.  God has promised to be present with us and to lead us in paths of righteousness (Psalm 23:3). By the Holy Spirit whom Christ sent to indwell us (Rom 8:14; 2 Cor 3:18; Gal 5:16) he promises to guide us.  We should not think, however, that this primarily relates to such things as where we should live or what job we take or whom to marry. These are important decisions, and we should seek God’s wisdom on them. But primarily, the leading of the Spirit -- for the church, as well as the individual Christian -- is his leading us into righteousness and holiness, which is Christlikeness (Isa 30:20-22; Rom 8:10-17, 29; Gal 5:16; Heb 5:14).   BASIC PRINCIPLES  1) Be certain, above all, that God's will for you in Christ Jesus means living for his

classes begin January 19

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SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY, part 2. This course will conclude an introduction to Christian doctrine. We will continue to explore the truths of Scripture and place them into a coherent biblical worldview. This semester we will address the following topics: the Person and Work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, Salvation, the Church, and the Last Things.  We will use a seminar approach with readings and discussions. Texts will include the Bible and   Introducing Christian Doctrine by Millard Erickson.   It is not necessary to have completed the first semester in order to attend the second. New students are welcomed. Register via the form at the upper left-hand  corner of the home page.   DATES: THURSDAYS, JANUARY 19 – APRIL 27, 2022, with a scheduled break.   CLASS TIMES: 6:30 TO 7:45 pm.  LOCATION: Room 141 on the first floor of Blacksburg Christian Fellowship at 2300 N. Main Street in Blacksburg. Please use the front entrance of the building. The Hebrew class will meet in room 142. The Intro NT

why we love God's law

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"Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day... Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble." (Psalm 119:97, 165 ESV) For many years of my younger Christian life, I thought that God's law was always in antithesis with God's grace. The writer of Psalm 119, however, sees God's law (Heb.,  תוֹרָה   t ôrāh , "instruction") in a more wholistic sense, as including God's words, statutes, precepts, promises, and life from God. And the psalmist, certainly a believer, loves -- really loves -- God's law. HOW CAN WE LOVE GOD'S LAW? But how can we "love" his law when we are not "under the law"? Didn't Paul say, "The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law" (1 Cor 15:56)? And "The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me" (Rom 7:10). Yet, as I read Psalm 119, I see a beautiful poem of love for the law of the Lord, even his commandments.

in a human way

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"Whoever has seen me has seen the Father." (John 14:9 ESV) "...that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ." (1 John 1:3 ESV)  "You believe in Christ, and in the truth of his saying: 'He that hath seen Me, has seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, show us the Father?' You yourself kneel down before Him, saying, 'My Lord and my God,' and what is the Incarnation of the Word other than that God became man? And what profit can this be to you, unless you feel that, in Christ, God has come close to you in a human way?  "Until the birth in Bethlehem, God spoke to you in human words , but in Christ God appears in human nature . He reveals himself to you as the Son of Man. A human heart here speaks in human language and in human motions. As the Apostle John declares, 'In Jesus we have seen and heard not onl

historical, eternal

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  “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life - the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us - that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you…”  (1 John 1:1-3a ESV) Recently, in my favorite used bookstore I found a copy of John Stott's commentary on the epistles of John. Here are some excerpts of his commentary on verses 1-3 of the first chapter...  “The Eternal entered time and was manifested to men. The Word became flesh and thus presented Himself to the three higher senses of men (hearing, sight and touch). The four relative clauses proceed from the most abstract to the most material aspect of divine revelation' (Westcott). To have heard was not enough; men 'heard' God's voice in the Old Testament. To have se

Upcoming classes

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  We plan to meet for spring classes beginning on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at Blacksburg Christian Fellowship. See the class listing on the Spring 2023 page, and register, if you will, by clicking the menu button in the upper left-hand corner of the home page. Thanks!

hated without cause

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"In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love." (Psalm 109:4-5 ESV)  David's Psalm 109 is a prayer for relief against those who attack the innocent. It is at once both a reflection of his own experience as king of Israel, but also, ultimately, of the Lord Jesus, the completely righteous King. He did no wrong, he prayed for his adversaries, and was condemned without just cause. It is written, "Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.' And they cast lots to divide his garments." (Luke 23:34 ESV) And "...the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: 'They hated me without a cause.'" (John 15:25 ESV)  In some measure all followers of Christ share in this condemnation from the world: "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you." (Jn 15:18) Daily, we hear Christ's name used as a swear word