ReVision Studies

Christians have been sent to the world as Jesus was sent, to embody and announce the coming of God’s Kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven (Jn. 20.21; Acts 1.8). This is a high and holy calling. It’s also a daunting challenge.

Nobody likes to be thought of as strange. Yet many of our secular contemporaries think of those who believe the Gospel as strange, perhaps even dangerous. So disenchanted has their worldview become, that they have no place for spiritual realities or God – or weird people like us who believe such things.

Theology is the disciplined pursuit of the knowledge of God and His glory. By that definition, every believer is a theologian. And we’re all called to be the best theologians we can be, given our callings in the Kingdom.

We like to think of God in terms of love. We love God. He’s our Father, Christ is our Savior, the Spirit is our Comforter. What’s to fear? Plenty, as it turns out. And fearing God leads to loving Him, knowing His truth, living in His wisdom – indeed, fullness of life as God intends.

Light is a powerful image for representing Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. Jesus identified Himself as the Light of the world. In His Kingdom, all who believe in Him walk in the light as He is in the light. But what does this mean?

Art is perhaps the most routinely neglected resource for Christian life and witness. Yet human beings were made for art, and we are all involved in the arts in many ways.

God, spiritual realities, heaven – such ideas our increasingly secular generation refuses to acknowledge. But the Christian knows these are real, and that believers have a calling from God which comes to them from that spiritual realm and is meant to bear witness to God in the here and now.

In Psalm 12, David describes a situation in which lies and deception are the order of the day. No one has or wants the truth, and everyone asserts his own authority to be a law unto himself. He describes a world very much like the one in which we live.
God intends His Word to be the joy and rejoicing of heart for all people. But all some folks can see in the Bible are unreasonable restraints and unpalatable priorities.
The first reason God gave us the Scriptures is that we may understand the doctrines that equip us for every good work. Doctrine matters, and sound doctrine matters supremely.

Rightly dividing the Word of truth – to use Paul’s expression – involves a seven-faceted process of reading, meditating, and studying the Bible under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit. Any believer can learn to do this, and every believer should.

The science of hermeneutics addresses the question of how best to understand the Bible. This Word that is able to save and sanctify, and which we read and study daily, is fraught with deep meanings that can only be ferreted out by following protocols outlined in the Bible itself.

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