It’s funny when people get so preoccupied with whether they have enough faith or not. It monopolizes the minds of some people, as if that is something useful or profitable.
In any situation that you go through, if you are confused, lacking confidence, discouraged, or just don’t know what to think (which none of us do on our own)… you need the voice of God.
We’re happy to announce that we’ve just launched our new Bible Symbols Glossary on our Reform U page. There will be more words added as time goes on, but this will be a great resource for people to learn about the symbols and shadows that God uses to explain the knowledge of Jesus. God hides the knowledge of Jesus in symbols all throughout the Bible (Colossians 2:17) and it’s been given to us to uncover those symbols! And now there’s a resource to help you do that.
Proverbs 25:2 (YLT) The honour of God is to hide a thing, And the honour of kings to search out a matter.
What does Reform Church think about funerals? Well, it’s not a matter of what a person thinks about funerals, it’s a matter of what a person believes about death. Whatever you believe about death is going to form your opinion on funerals.
I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times: “Everyone has their cross to bear.” That phrase is almost universally used for some kind of suffering. “Taking up your cross” is also constantly interpreted in the church as “dying to self” or “bringing your flesh into submission.” Where is that interpretation in the Bible? Your guess is as good as mine. “Taking up your cross” is actually referring to rest from your works and your salvation.
Unfortunately, it is almost common knowledge in the church that when we get to Heaven or when Jesus comes back again, we will all be rewarded for our actions. Supposedly, all of our actions will be tested by fire, and we will be rewarded for the good ones that we’ve done. None of this is even close to being true.