Parehong Christians at non-Christians ang nakakaranas ng adverse effects ng coronavirus. Pero dapat magkaiba ang responses natin - deeper trust in for God and more love for our neighbors. Merong ilang mga various reasons kung bakit sa halip na maging iba ang response natin, nagiging pareho lang din nila ang approach natin about suffering and evil.
Gaano man kahirap sa ngayon to make a stand about this issue on male headship and female submission, we must make sure na hindi tayo driven by our emotions, or influenced by secular culture, or mag-adjust to gain acceptance sa society. We must be driven and shaped by the Word of God.
Paano kung dumadaan ka sa “valley of the shadow of death” (Psa. 23:4 ESV), “darkest valley” (CSB) ng buhay mo, paano ka nga naman makakaawit tulad ni David? Paano kung nangingibabaw ang takot? Yung sense of loss dahil namatayan ka o naloko sa negosyo? Paano kung dumadaan ka sa financial difficulties o problema sa relasyong mag-asawa o sa pagrerebelde ng anak mo? Paano kung malalim ang struggle mo sa kasalanan ngayon?
According to Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19, ang congregational singing ay indispensable part ng pagiging Christian at mahalaga if we are to grow into maturity as a body of Christ. Multi-dimensional, vertical (we sing to God and God speaks to us) and horizontal (we sing to one another). And these truths have implications for how we sing every Sunday morning
Meron tayong singing problem, kasi meron tayong worship problem. At kung meron tayong worship problem, meron tayong heart problem. The whole Story of God is the story of God redeeming his people - to be a singing people for him.
We have to spend time to talk about congregational singing. We spend about 25-30 minutes of our worship service in singing. The rest is prayer, Scripture reading, and sermon. But we seldom take time to reflect why we sing and why it matters.
The gospel is “of first importance.” It is our church’s central message and primary motivation. Why do we need to have greater confidence in the supremacy of Christ and the sufficiency of what he has done on the cross? In light of contemporary trends that diminish the importance of gospel preaching, how are we to continue embracing the foolishness of the cross? What must change in how we preach and minister to our people? What should we expect from God if we will continue to be faithful in gospel ministry, even when we don’t see immediate and quantifiable results?
We are justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.Why is faith the appropriate response to Christ’s finished work on the cross? What is “union with Christ” and why is this important in our understanding and living the Christian life? Why is faith not just our initial response, but also a day-to- day response to the gospel? In what ways do we manifest self-righteousness and self-reliance in living the Christian life and doing our ministries? How does the gospel serve as a corrective to our “fleshly” tendencies?
Our desperate condition drives us toward the perfect righteousness of Christ as the only way for us to be right with God. Why is the law insufficient to provide us the righteousness required of us? What did Christ’s perfect obedience and his sacrificial death on the cross accomplish for us? What is meant by the biblical terms substitution, redemption, propitiation and justification, and why are they crucial in having a firm grasp of the gospel message?