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.
As a believer, if you find yourself envious of what someone else has or what someone else can do or if you find that you’re disappointed in yourself because you’re comparing yourself to somebody else, here are two biblical principles that will remedy that with some time and meditation.
If a pastor is caught in adultery, what do we say? “Well, he’s not a man of God. After all, ‘you shall know them by their fruits.’” If a person is caught in sin routinely, what do we say? “You shall know them by their fruits.“
The title of this article may shock some people because it is so prevalent in the church today to call Jesus the “Lord of your life.“ But did you know that this term is not found in the Bible? More importantly, the concept of Jesus being Lord of your life is not taught in the Bible either.
At Reform Church, we teach what the Bible teaches regarding death and eternal life. Jesus came to redeem us from physical death (that’s why He died physically) and Jesus came to give us eternal life (which is in us) that is meant to be given to our mortal bodies (Romans 8:11) to cause our bodies to live forever.
Let’s clarify something right from the start, grace includes “unmerited“ (undeserved) favor, but the Bible does not define grace as “unmerited favor.“ It defines grace as “unworked-for favor.“ Let’s explain.
God is good all the time? That’s actually not true; at least not the way that people say it. And I know you are probably curious about this article, but before we go any further, we need to establish some common ground.
Is it worth believing something just because you’ve been taught it for years? Or would you rather have what the Bible says?
If you’ve been learning with us at Reform Church for a while, you know that we believe what the Bible says, namely that we have everything that Jesus has now. We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Part of that inheritance is eternal life.
What You Were Taught
Allow me to show you what you were most likely taught about fasting. It usually goes something like this:
“Fasting is a way to deny your flesh and put your flesh in submission. It’s something you do to focus solely on God and deprive your flesh.”
As a believer, should you have a clean conscience if you tell a lie? Should you have a clean conscience if steal something? Should you have a clean conscience if you hurt someone’s feelings? You can.
If you call yourself a Christian — well, even if you’ve ever been to church before — for that matter, even if you’ve ever been to a home decor shop, I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “love is the greatest of these” or seen it stitched on a pillow somewhere.
Recently, we released an article called “Nobody’s Perfect? Untrue!“ which addressed the misconception that “nobody is perfect“. Well, today let’s address the misconception that “we are all sinners.“ That is also not true!
Nobody is perfect. Everybody is flawed. Ever heard that before? Guess what? It’s not true. The Bible says that there are people that have been made perfect.
Ever been to church and heard the word “hypocrite“ used before? It’s a pretty common word we use in the church for people that don’t practice what they preach. If we see a preacher caught doing something wrong, lots of people would call him a hypocrite. And likewise, when a preacher sees sin prevalent in the church, he might look at that and call that hypocrisy.
Why does God say to live by faith instead of by what you see? Well, you have everything in Christ. You have everything going for you. God has redeemed you, provided for you and has qualified you to walk in all of it! But guess what? Your eyes could never tell you that. Never.
Ever heard of a “lukewarm Christian“? It’s the term we use for Christians that lack commitment in living their life for Christ. What a bunch of deception.
This is the truth about giving and tithing that you’ve probably never heard before!
Do you want to know the truth about your salvation? Well, this is it. And it’s bigger than you think.
Did you know that in this NEW covenant there is a NEW law? Well this is the whole story…
Just in case you thought we were teaching the same thing as everybody else. You might want to check this out:
Many people want to grow and don’t know where to start. Well, here’s a simple answer.
When it comes to moral and political matters, most people are activists and spokespersons for what they believe is right. Whether republican or democrat, most people you see are fighting for what they believe is moral.
Ephesians 1:20-21, 2:6 (NKJV) Christ… far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 2:6 …and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…
As parents, so many believers want to go to a parenting conference or listen to a seminar to get some secret to raising their kids in a godly manner.
Ephesians 4:17-18 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…
“God is righteous, glorious, everlasting, possesses all authority over all things, and will never change forever and ever.”
That’s the kind of stuff you’ll hear in just about every worship song sung in the church today. And guess what? That’s not the gospel.
With everything going on in the world today, we thought it would be a good idea to show a godly, biblical perspective on racism. We hear opinions on the news and elsewhere, but it would be good to hear a biblical perspective on it. This article will address racism from it’s source.
It’s funny that when you have eternal life and know what that means — when you take it literally — it sort of messes up the milestone of having a birthday.
Matthew 19:26 (KJV) …with God all things are possible.
If you’ve been to Reform Church for any length of time you’ve probably heard us say things like “God doesn’t require any work from us” or “Good deeds are not our job, but the Holy Spirit’s in us” or “It’s not us that need to live for God anymore, but Christ lives in us for His purposes.”
At Reform Church, we know that what the Lord has spoken to us is the truth. And according to what the Lord has spoken to us we deliver that truth — whether that be through messages, articles, clips or just through one-on-one conversations.
Matthew 1:18 (KJV) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
If you have been around Reform Church’s teaching for a while, you’ve heard terms like, “the obedience of faith” before.
Ever thought to yourself or heard someone else say, “If God loves the world so much, then why all the suffering in the world?”
Often in movies you’ll see concepts thrown around about time travel. It seems like just a silly thing that you can overlook, but much of the reason why people might wish to travel back in time is to change the present.
Do we need to apologize to God when we do something wrong?
When you hear someone say “I believe the word of God!” or “The word of God is true!” what do you think of? Well, you probably think of scripture, right?