With this episode we begin a series on terms related to marriage. Pastor Mark Tiefel begins with definition of the word marriage itself. He takes us back to the institution of marriage and what God intends for it to be and the problems that we face in marriage because of our sinful nature and the temptations of the world around us. We pray that this series serves to encourage you in the God intended blessing of marriage and in love and respect for your spouse!
Join Pastors Mark Tiefel and Neal Radichel for an in-depth discussion on Church Discipline. They will look at some important Biblical passages and even examples from the Bible, and look at applications of this in the church today. There are many misconceptions regarding this topic, and this study will discuss the importance of carrying out church discipline within Christian congregations out of love for our fellow Christian.
Pastor Mark Tiefel defines the word Mercy as it is used in Scripture. In the Old and New Testaments there were two words for mercy: compassion, or steadfast love. This second word emphasizes the feelings behind the compassion and what it was moved to do. God’s mercy is more than a feeling, is moves Him to action. Mercy also moves us to repentance knowing that God is merciful. We are not worthy of being forgiven. Forgiveness comes from the mercy of God.
What makes something just or unjust? What is justice? Justice is doing what is right, and this has to be founded on an objective standard that applies universally to all people. The word justice was used by the prophets to describe the coming Savior who would bring “righteousness” or “justice” to the world. But compare that to our world today or the term “social justice” as used in our world. As used by our world this idea is based on subjective, always changing principles. How confusing! This is not true justice! But Jesus is, and there is nothing that can be substituted for that truth and objective standard which comes from God alone.