Monday, August 14, 2006

Sunday's Sermon Notes

"Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah." Jude 11

This New Testament writer presumes that the reader of this letter is well versed in the teachings of the Old Testament, but can that be said of today's reader? Unfortunately, most Christians could not tell you what the error of Balaam or the rebellion of Korah were. In fact, most evangelicals today could not name the 10 commandments, the twelve apostles, quote the golden rule or the great commission.

So many today cry, "Just give me Jesus" or "We only need the New Testament." I tell you, it is impossible to fully understand the New Testament without knowledge of the Old Testament. It is impossible to grasp the greatness of God's grace in Jesus' sacrifice without full knowledge of our inability to keep the Law. Posted by Picasa


Donna said... true Mrs. Calla Lilly!

Rebecca B. said...

I agree wholeheartedly, and it's good to see you put it so well. My pastor also would agree, but I think he would not say that from the pulpit.

One thing I've never understood is what parts of the Hebrew Law Christians may ignore without sinning, and what part they may not.