Posts by University Church of Christ

Posts by University Church of Christ

Now That We Are Together

When we contemplate the course of our lives, often we wonder, “Was that the hand of God?” Maybe it was an accident avoided, an opportunity taken, or even an opportunity missed. After Paul had converted Philemon’s slave, Onesimus, he sent him back to Philemon saying, “For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever” (Phile. 15-16). Perhaps God’s providence brought Onesimus to Paul. Perhaps. Julie and I grew up…

What Does “Amen” Mean and Why Do We Say It?

“Praise be to the LORD forever! Amen and Amen”. – Psalm 89:52 The word Amen is one of the most familiar and common words in the English language, yet at the same time it is a word that many of us don’t fully understand. Simple as it may seem, the word Amen is actually brimming over with meaning and purpose. Amen as a Closing to Prayer Most of us know the word Amen as a closing to a prayer. When…

Learning from the Apostles Song

Do you remember the words of the song you may have learned years ago entitled, “The Apostle Song”? It is the best way to remember the names of the twelve, but have you ever noticed the opening words? “Jesus called them one by one, Peter, Andrew, James and John…”. He called them, but the emphasis is that He called them one by one. Those four fishermen in the first chapter of Mark, who left their nets to follow Him, obviously…

Knit Together in Love

Do you remember your grandmother sitting in her rocking chair and knitting? Her needles twirled and spun as row after row of tiny knots began to form. She examined the pattern, counted stitches, pulled out a few, retied them, and continued. Each knot was held together by the knots surrounding it until she completed her task. In Colossians 2:2, Paul said, “That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance…

Baptism and the Christian Life

There is no subject more debated in Christianity than baptism. The debate ranges from who should be baptized to how they should be baptized. Further, the discussion centers on the purpose of baptism. Is baptism a covenant for a young child to be realized later in life? Is baptism an outward sign of an inward grace? Is baptism essential for salvation or the remission of sins? Entire denominations and religious movements have been founded over the answer to the above…

To the Brotherhood Policemen,

I hope this open letter finds you doing well and living by the hope found in our Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to encourage you to think and reason using God’s Word and logic. While the local church needs to fight the good fight and stand for the truth of Christ in love, when did it become of need and even more critical for people to search out perceived wrongdoing in other autonomous congregations? Is there not enough for…

Be a Tychicus

There are a number of people that are mentioned in scripture. Some are spoken of often, while some are only mentioned once or twice. There is a man named Tychicus that is mentioned 5x in the New Testament. Four of those occurrences are by Paul in his letters, and the other one is in the book of Acts. When you examine all of these passages, there is a great lesson that can be learned from this less-known brother. Acts 20:1-4…

Godly Leaders

Have you ever seen a group of people with no sense of direction? I remember as kids my friends and I would run around our neighborhood building stuff, tearing stuff up, and wreaking havoc on the neighborhood. We had no idea what we were doing but we were having fun. I remember one time in particular, we put together a bunch of bikes. We would take the front tire off of one bike and attach it to the back tire…

The Most “Well-Practiced” Team

When it comes to sports, teams practice for the big game of the week. I remember in High School watching the films of our previous games and learning where we went wrong and how we can do better next time. We watched other teams’ films and learned their plays and how we could best navigate the game in order to win. Then we would spend all week practicing against plays that the opposing team would have. We would know every…

What Does It Mean to “Turn to God”?

In the book of 1 Thessalonians Paul is so thankful for these Christians faithfulness. In Acts 17, Paul established this church and had to leave very soon because of persecution. Since that moment, Paul had worried about these Christians. So, he sent Timothy to them to check on them and make sure they were going to be okay (1 Thessalonians 3:1-3). When Timothy reported back to Paul, Paul was thrilled to hear that these Christians had remained faithful and continued…

What is the Lord’s Supper?

What is the Lord’s Supper? Is it a funeral? Is it a celebration? Is it a memorial? Paul, in 1 Corinthians, had to remind the church of what the Lord’s Supper really was all about. They had become divisive and sinful, and needed a reminder. Paul lays out 3 things in the book of 1 Corinthians that show us what the Lord’s Supper actually is. 1. The Lord’s Supper is a Fellowship (1 Corinthians 10:16) Paul, in this passage, is…

The Christ of Christianity

There is perhaps no more significant study in Christendom than the study of Jesus Christ. Without the humanity and deity of Christ, there no longer remains a fruitful approach to the Christian lifestyle. We have to come to terms with Jesus being the King of kings in addition to our propitiation. As God, He demands our obedience to live as His people (Ex. 19:5). As man, He seeks to develop a deep and eternal relationship, one that could be described…
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