Pastors from Beaverton Foursquare Church field your questions about the Bible.
Wow - I just found this blog and it is great. I have lots of questions. I heard someone saying that the men who wrote the New Testament really weren't who the church says they were and that stuff changed and it was written way after the times described. Who are the writers of the New Testament? Are they apostles? What exactly is an apostle (Paul says Jesus appeared to "The Twelve" but neither Thomas nor Judas was there, right?). Was the writer of Jude the other Apostle Judas? Was James the same as the Apostle James? Was Paul technically the 12th apostle and the replacement for Judas? Was Matthias really an apostle? Andronicus and Junias (Rom 16:7)are also called apostles, but I don't see those names anywhere else in lists of the apostles. There are other places, too, where apostles seem to mean more than twelve. Will you help shed light on this? Thanks.
there are words that still confuse me, though i think i know what they mean. not all the explanations of these words i find say the same things. it's just that if you don't get these words right it could change what things mean... words like:- justified- righteousness- saved- faith- grace- sanctified- holy- believewill you help with a beaverton foursquare answer?
I'm wresting with the idea that the Bible is the completed revelation of God, vs. the idea that God is still speaking to His people. What's the scriptural basis for saying that everything we have in the Bible is all there is? As for today, a contemporary revelation that contradicts scripture would be considered heresy. But what about a revelation that deals with something not found in scripture? How do we discern whether a prophecy is from God or not?
In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul says that tongues are a sign "not for believers but for unbelievers" (v. 22), but that an unbeliever who comes to church and hears tongues will say the people in that church are out of their minds (v. 23). Paul also says that prophecy "is for believers, not for unbelievers" (v. 22), but if an unbeliever comes to church and hears prophecy, he will "be convinced...that he is a sinner" and will "fall down and worship God" (v. 25).Can you help me understand these conflicting statements?
Why some of gods people struggle with cancers or disease? I know he is a loving god but it just does'nt seem right.
In Matthew 12, Jesus references the story of Jonah and his 3-day stay inside the fish, and then says that like Jonah, "the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." The idea that Jesus rose "three days later" is pervasive in Christian lore. But in all the stories of the crucifixion and resurrection, it appears Jesus died on a Friday afternoon, and rose on a Sunday morning -- which is two nights. What am I missing?
When Randy does a baby dedication (and sometimes in other prayer situations), he asks the congregation members to reach out their hands toward the family. Can you explain why he makes that request, and what it signifies?
In John 7, John says that the Holy Spirit will come to those who believe, but "the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified" (v.39) How does this differ from the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament? And does this indicate that the Spirit took a sabbatical prior to Jesus' arrival?
There are a few places in Scripture where the footnotes indicate that not all the ancient manuscripts agree on the wording, or even that it's found in Scripture. Prominent in my head are the end of Mark, and the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8. Because these are not consistently found in those manuscripts, is there any reason to think they are less legitimate?
We have been following Glenn Beck's Faith, Hope & Charity, Restoring Honor Movement. He spoke of the "Black Robe Brigade" where leaders of faith from all religions are coming together to restore honor with the understanding that honor requires faith. Faith in something larger and more powerful than ourselves with an emphasis on salvation being "individual" and not "collective". We were curious if our church is supporting this movement?
In the last verse of Psalm 145 (in the NLT), it says, "may everyone on earth bless [God's] holy name forever and ever." Can you help me understand what it means to "bless God's holy name," and how that's accomplished?
Every year when my Bible reading plan leads me to books like Leviticus, I have a lot of trouble slogging through chapter after chapter of God's rules for His people -- particularly when none of it seems relevant to our lives today. Can you give me an idea of how I should approach these chapters and what I should get out of them?
How does Beaverton Foursquare church (or the Foursquare church in general) address women in leadership in the church in light of 1 Corinthians 11? Does it hold an egalitarian or complementarian view?
What is the church's view on homosexuality and are homosexual partners and families encouraged to worship in your church?
In Matthew 5:16, Jesus tells us to "let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." But in the opening of the following chapter, he tells us not to do good deeds publicly. How do I reconcile these passages?
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