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INTRODUCTION Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” I go by this scripture every single second of the day, and I believe it relates to all three topics I’ve chosen: How can we be confident Jesus is returning?, 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? We can’t do anything without Christ’s strength through us. Each of us needs strength to know God faithfully and know He is returning soon! We need strength to live our lives well and to prosper in God’s love. Church communities need strength to spread God’s word to communities all around. In saying this, I think it is completely natural to have questions about things you already know of, because there is always something you do not know about within a particular subject.
TOPIC 1 We can be confident Jesus is returning because He has risen once before and promised (GAVE HIS WORD) He was coming again. My perspective on this matter has changed slightly due to a better understanding. I had not heard the complete resurrection story. Towns (2002) tells us that when the women came to the tomb on Easter morning they discovered Jesus’ body missing. His physical body was given life again- that is, His soul and body were re-united. This is something I had not thought of before in depth. I didn’t look at His soul and body being re-united, just that He ultimately rose again and forgave our sins. According to John 2:19, Jesus had predicted, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” He did indeed! I believe the proofs of resurrection given by Towns (2007) apply to proof that He will return again soon! The first proof is that of the empty tomb. Nobody could touch the tomb due to guards guarding the tomb. Though there is no physical body to guard today, the mere fact that He said He was going to rise again and did gives us proof that He will come again for us. I believe the second proof of resurrection (transformation of disciples into bold prophets) is something that pertains to today. As we live our lives and sin some people become scared of Jesus when they realize their sins; however they become bold and mighty when asking for forgiveness. I believe those scared now will be scared when He returns! The third proof Towns (2007) gives is, “The resurrection of Christ is proved by the testimony of various individuals and groups of people who claimed they talked with and had fellowship with the resurrected Christ.” I am positive the resurrected Christ told these individuals of His future reappearance and that is definitely how we know He is coming (i.e. oral tradition). This bold and true statement of Jesus coming again is proved by the inability of non-believers to disprove the statement.
TOPIC 2 If a person claims Christianity it does matter how they choose to live their life. Towns (2007) gave a good example of how I look at this topic—“But think of conversion as a door with two sides; one side is human activity, and on the other side is God’s activity.” We are to love one another and be acquainted with each other as God would have us. Unfortunately many a time that does not happen. People ‘hate’ others due to reasons such as their heritage, disability, body type, etc. One may never have the answer as to why Christians sometimes do not lead the Christ-like life. As Christians we should live by the 10 commandments in which God commanded us to do. The commandments are as followed according to the Bible, “You shall have no other gods before Me, you shall not make for yourself a carved image, you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, remember the Sabbath day, honor your father and your mother, you shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall bear false witness against your neighbor, you shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbors (Exodus 20:2-17). Unfortunately a lot of claimed Christians are guilty of not doing one or more of these commandments. As Christians we should know how to obey God’s laws; however as sinners we fail everyday. I have met many who claim to be Christian yet they don’t even try to live up to faith (or their claimed faith). Some talk about others behind their back negatively, some may discriminate; I’ve known some people that do awful things physically and/or mentally to others. If one is a true Christian, one would repent of these sins and live their lives to God’s commands.
TOPIC 3 I believe my church can communicate God’s love to the community by showing support for one another first of all. This class has shown me that if we support and hold each other up, others will notice and join. We can show the community that our church is a loving community for Christ. After all, “Church was a term describing a real community of believers who meet in the presence of Christ” (Towns, 2007). Another thing the readings have taught me is that we can give others a sense of belonging. One way to do this is evidenced by Towns (2007) who says, “Probably, the smaller the church, the easier it is for all to experience community.” I, too, believe this. I come from a small town and go to a small church. I believe that our small community has more love for one another than a bigger church would have since we know each other and can call each other by our names instead of shaking hands and going on. It seems to me that since we are small we have more time to hold tight to one another and to help the community get to know God as they should. The Bible says, “…but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches” (Acts 15:40-41). I think churches’ strength is what makes the community draw on God’s love.
CONCLUSION
As stated, strength is what pulls all things together. If one pulls on God’s strength for all things then one can do anything. In this course I’ve learned more about the resurrection of Christ and have a better understanding of His future plans to come again (cant wait!). I’ve got a better perspective on how one should live their life. We are all sinners but if we continue to have faith, our God will see that and continue to forgive us. Lastly, I have learned a lot about the church being a community and how one’s church can help their community understand and accept God’s love.…...

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