Question & Answer Friday – Individually or Collectively? Both!

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Question:

Does God see and treat a believer as an individual person or as a part of a collection collectively with other believers (the church)?

Answer:

God saves people as individuals but once saved believers become a part of the body of Christ. So the answer to your question is yes God treats people as individuals in regard to salvation and collectively as a part of His body the church.  This corporate view of the church does not diminish an individual’s responsibility before God to live in obedience but does suggest that there is a sense in which individuals do grow in sanctification collectively as well as individually.

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Question & Answer Friday – How Do I Deal With Sadness?

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Question:

Is sadness a sin? Am I a bad person for being sad? And Envy… Am I a bad person if I am envious? Am I a bad person if I feel wrath when some fools take love as something easy?

Answer:

Why do you think sadness is a sin?  The Bible speaks of sadness as a normal human emotion. Consider for example the following passages that clearly describe sadness as a normal emotion: Psalm 61:1-2; 77; 103; and 143:1-4.

In each of these Psalms the writer is expressing sadness, some in the extreme.  Notice also the answer each writer finds – that God will bring comfort and peace in the midst of sadness or sorrow.

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Question & Answer Friday – Should I be concerned about Word Faith?

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Question:

I have voiced my concerns about what I now recognize as Word of Faith, but my parents (we are a Baptist family) believe that those concerns are just Satan trying to divide the church and that the teachings of Benny Hinn and alike are in line with scripture and that other churches are just jealous because they don’t have as many followers as those involved with Word of Faith. How can I respectfully and humbly tell them that this is not the case? Also our church has had some Word of Faith material appearing at our church. (Aimed at youth ministry) I fear if I inform my pastor about yet another problem with a pamphlet, he will feel I’m getting too pedantic over the issue. Should I go ahead and respectfully inform him anyway?

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Question & Answer Friday – If I am born a sinner why is that my fault?

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Question:

If I’m born into sin and my nature is to want to sin, how is it my fault and now I need to be saved from it?

Are we here because God loves us, or are we here to bring glory to Him?

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Question & Answer Friday – Is the resurrection story borrowed?

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Question:

I was told that the resurrection has been recycled from the book of the dead by a guy who works at the Vatican.  I didn`t know how to respond to him because I do not know about the book of the dead. I just wanted to know if it is true?

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