Know what you believe

I recently heard an interview about a pastor in America who met with a Muslim for dinner. After their meeting, this ‘Christian’ pastor came away believing and sharing that Muslims and Christians believe in the same Jesus.

While both Christians and Muslims believe that Jesus is a prophet, Muslims don’t believe Jesus is the Son of God, that he died on the cross, rose again or that he will come back to judge the world. Basically they don’t believe the gospel.

This caused me to think, do we know what we believe? I mean, do we know what we believe so that we can see when something is different? For while we can agree on a number of things with Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roman Catholics, and even Muslims, we are different from them all when it comes to Jesus, when it comes to the gospel.

Ephesians 4:14 tells us not to be tossed back and forth or blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men.

Friends, when we know the Bible and know what we believe, we can stand firm on God’s truths, and see when something isn’t right.

This was an encouragement for me to re-look at Ephesians 4:11-13 and make sure I am doing my job. ‘So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.’

Friends, let us grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus, his word and his truth, so that we will know what we believe and not be easily led astray. If you want to know where to start, reading the Bible is the best way!. Also attending church on a Sunday, a Home Group mid-week and reading good Christian books (and there are many of them).

Chris

 

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