Introduction Over the last seven weeks, this theology class has discussed several topics that have been very insightful and helpful in my Christian walk. I have learned many new things and have also gone deeper in my understanding of the things I already knew. In this paper, I would like to discuss three topics that I found to be the most interesting. The topics that will be discussed are as follows: Did Jesus need to be born of a virgin? If a person is a Christian, does it matter how they live their life?
And what can your local church do to better communicate God’s love to your community? Section One Did Jesus need to be born of a virgin? The miraculous birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is nothing short of a miracle. It is one of the fundamentals of the Christian faith. His birth was predicted in Isaiah 7:14 which states, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. ” Isaiah is stating here that is birth would come about through a virgin whose name is Mary.
But why was it so important that she be a virgin? First of all, it was important because if he was not born of a virgin, He would not have been sinless. It was required of Jesus to be sinless in order to save us from our sins. If He was born of human parents, He would have inherited the sin nature. Romans 5:12 states,” Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned. ” The only way to come into the world without having this sin nature would be to born of a virgin and be conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Secondly, it was important because Jesus’ purpose on earth was to become the sacrifice for our sins. This sacrifice was to be without blemish. If Jesus was born of human parents he would not have been without the blemish of sin on his life. Lastly, it was important because it proves the accuracy of the Scripture. There are many passages in the Old and New Testament that claim the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. However, if He was not born of a virgin, the Scripture would not be true and we know this is not the case. I found these points to be very interesting.
I had never taken the time to stop and appreciate why His virgin birth was so important. If it were not for His virgin birth, I would not have the hope of an eternal dwelling with Him. Section Two If a person is a Christian, does it matter how they live their life? Unfortunately, our society is filled with people who claim to be Christians but live their life any way they please. Clearly, this is not the way the Bible commanded us to live. When a person asks Christ to come into his heart, the Holy Spirit then dwells in the new believer’s heart.
The Holy Spirit convicts us when things are not right in our lives and points out areas that we need to change. Ephesians 4: 22-24 says, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. ” Here we are commanded to put off are formal lives and live a life that is pleasing and honoring to Christ. In doing this, we must closely examine our character and line it up with the character of Jesus Christ.
Elmer Towns states in the teaching video Habits of the Heart “Character is result of your discipline. Where a spirituality results in inner power to do good, character results in your habits that make you do good. The believer needs both spirituality and character. One can have character without spirituality, but you can’t have spirituality without habitually doing the right thing in the right way. ” When we accept Christ into our lives, we cannot live our lives how we want to instead we must be fully submitted to Christ.
We must follow the standards that the Lord Jesus has placed in the Bible for us to follow. We are to be obedient to God, accepting his principles of moral and right. If we are truly a Christian, we are going to desire to live a life that is pleasing to Christ. Section Three What can your local church do to better communicate God’s love to your community? The church is an assembly of professing believers. The Bible gives many commands for the church. One of those commands is to reach out into the community and show the love of Christ to others.
However, many local churches have slacked off in this area and some only show concern to their members. There are several ways the local church can do better in reaching the community. First of all, the church should extend welcome arms to any one that walks in their door. We as Christians are so quick to judge someone because of their appearance or background; however, Christ wants us to show His love to everyone around us. While Jesus was on the earth, there were several times He would go out of His way to show compassion and love to the “unthinkable. Yes, there are a lot of “tough crowds” in our society and we should not condone their sin, but we are to love them with the love of Jesus. Secondly, we must tell others about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Mark 16:15 says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. ” It is our job to further the kingdom of Christ by telling others about Jesus. The local church is to be active in spreading the gospel not only in the community, but also planting new churches in local and foreign areas. Once we have reached people for Christ, our job does not stop there.
We must bring them into the body of believers and nurture them in faith. We must teach them how the Bible says we are to live our lives. They in return will bring others to Christ and nurture them in faith as well. Finally, the local church should act as a mentoring agent for hurting people and families. There are so many in our community who are facing tough issues and are doing so alone because they have no one to turn too. It is our job to reach out to these people and offer them hope and forgiveness that is found through the blood of Christ.
As Christians, we have a powerful tool that helps us during those hard times of life. However, one that does not know Christ as His Savior will not look to the Bible for help. It is our responsibility to make available the resources that are given to us in order to meet the needs of our community. Conclusion Over the last several weeks, my faith has been strengthened in not only these three areas but many more. Christianity is not always easy and there will be times we feel that we are getting nowhere in our Christian walk.
It is times like these that we must draw close to God and ask Him to reveal things to us that we have not seen before. That is exactly what this course has done for me. I’ve drawn closer to God in my personal understanding of Him. He has shown me things in His word that I have really needed. I have found a new excitement for studying His word and knowing more about Him and the responsibilities I have as a Christian and local church member. I am so thankful we serve a God that loves us for who we are and takes us where we are at and brings us into a closer relationship with Him.