The Life Everlasting

John Tousley

Read: 1 Corinthians 2:1-10 What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him. (v. 9) Living in daily relationship with God our heavenly Father through Jesus his only Son, we are presently enjoying a (faint) sample of heaven now! “Eternal life” is about knowing God who lovingly sent Jesus (John 17:3). So, for believers in Jesus, the life everlasting has begun in the present life! And …

The Resurrection of the Body

John Tousley

Read: Philippians 3:17-21 We await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body. (vv. 20-21) What comfort do Christians have regarding death? We believe in the resurrection of the body. At the moment of death, the Christian believer’s soul enters the presence of our Savior! So, having gotten to know Christ personally, during the losses and limitations of this life, a friend of Jesus can say, “My desire is to …

The Forgiveness of Sins

John Tousley

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them. (v. 19) Christians gratefully believe in the forgiveness of sins, because of the sacrifice of God’s Son. Through Christ God, in his faithfulness, restored the relationship that was broken by the unfaithfulness of his people. This reconciliation required the sacrificial death of God’s sinless Son for all his sinful people. On the cross, Jesus the Savior carried our guilt, suffered sin’s …

The Holy Catholic Church

John Tousley

Read: Ephesians 4:1-6 There is one body and one Spirit. (v. 4) Christ’s church is holy (Bible-believing and Bible-practicing) and catholic (universal, reaching both Nebraska and Nepal and everywhere in between!). Paul’s goal in Ephesians 4 was to graciously encourage his readers to be a loving family, Christ’s “one body,” the church (vv. 4-6). The Apostles’ Creed summarizes essential Christian beliefs. The Creed, although not written by the apostles, highlights the apostles’ main teachings. The Creed has a long history; …

I Believe in the Holy Spirit

John Tousley

Read: John 14:15-26 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth. (vv. 16-17) As Christians we believe in God the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, the “Helper” (ESV), the “Counselor” (RSV), the “Comforter” (KJV). When Jesus was saying good-bye to his disciples, he promised them “another Helper,” to be present with them forever, and in them (vv. 16-17). The indwelling-renewing Spirit, who was …

He Shall Come Again

John Tousley

Read: Matthew 25:31-46 Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you.” (v. 34) Christians look forward, in faith and hope, when Christ shall come again as the King! Our King is Jesus, the Son of Man (Matt. 25:31; see also Dan. 7:13-14, where the enthroned Father gives our Messiah the everlasting kingdom). As forgiven sinners, we will freely inherit this heavenly kingdom of rest …