The Pharisees and Sadducees play a very large part in the story of the gospel. Who were they and what did they believe? Why did Jesus confront them so strongly? And can we learn anything from this history? Are there any groups today who think and act in the same way?
Learning from Christ
“What is truth?” Pontius Pilate’s infamous question to Jesus during his trial seems sarcastic, maybe even cynical. Was he asking to find ultimate truth? No, probably not. But it’s a legitimate question—what is truth? Is it real, or just an illusory concept? Are there really absolutes as opposed to just ideas? And what is Christ’s kingdom of truth?
People today are subject to such a quickly changing spiritual climate and theological landscape. Popular beliefs, music, worship styles, and even theology seem to change every year. What should we rely on for guidance? To rise above the confusion, we need to receive the new wine of Christ’s gospel and hold firmly to his teaching found in Scripture.
Are miracles of God possible? Many people in our society are skeptical. In this age of science, can we believe that God can really break into this physical world and supersede the laws of nature? And if so, why would he want to? Many also ask: “If miracles are possible, then why doesn’t God do them for me?”
What is God like? What are his characteristics? If we believe that there is a Creator, then this Creator must have certain attributes. The following lists give God’s most prominent eternal, character, and personal attributes with a brief explanation and Scripture for each. These attributes are referenced extensively in Christ in Scripture blog posts.
During the Reformation and into the 20th century, the Bible was translated into common languages, and evangelical believers were encouraged to read and study it on their own. This led to a revival of knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures.
Most students of Scripture make it a standard practice to study the meanings of key words and phrases to aid in understanding. Some have also ventured into study of the original languages. Many Christians then ask the question: “Is it necessary to study Greek to understand the New Testament?”