As young people, we consider everything that we hope our lives will be full of and as old men and women, we look back on the lives that we have lived, and it all just seems kind-of pointless. It just seems like the world, and everything it claims to offer for our gratification, is only keeping us busy until we die. The world does such a great job at keeping us busy that most people don’t recognize this until those final moments.
It was God's plan all along that Israel would have a king. When the people rejected Samuel and his sons, it was meant to reveal the hearts of the people. When we, the church, or godly church leaders are rejected today, we see the same truth presented.
We often say that we need to do this or that to make the church more appealing or relevant. When we do, we defeat the entire purpose of the Gospel- God's glory, the repentance of God's people, and our conformity to the likeness of Christ.
We got to answer the questions:
When we die, do we go directly to be with Jesus or is there some sort of soul sleep?
What's up with the differences in Genesis 1-2?
What is the age of accountability?
What does it mean that Jesus went to preach to spirits in prison?
Follow this page to see the questions and answers that we didn't have time to get to during our first STE Panel.
God is the God who defeats His own people and wins His own victory. People have gotten pretty good at twisting the truth of God's victory to try elevating people. We will either try to exploit God's word and power or surrender to it. We cannot do both.
There are mystic or gnostic religions all around us, even who classify themselves as Christian. Many have claimed to be God's final messenger or prophet. What does Scripture say about any religion or group or person who does such a thing? What is prophecy? Does anyone today have the gift of prophecy? Are there any prophets today? Why was the Old Testament prophetic office given in the first place?