Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Are you a pillar of faith? (part 1)

Our senior pastor often talks about the two great pillars of the Bible:
  1. In the Old Testament - Moses (represents the Law of God)
  2. In the New Testament - Apostle Paul (represents the Love of God or Grace)
They are considered pillars of the Bible because:
  1. They were both highly educated, intelligent men. Moses was raised in Pharaoh's household and taught by the best scholars of the known world at that time. Paul was a Jewish, Roman citizen, fluent in Hebrew and Greek, taught by the great Rabbi Gamaliel, and Paul was also a Pharisee.
  2. Moses wrote considerable, important parts (The Law) of the Old Testament and Paul wrote many of the books of the New Testament.
  3. Moses was a key figure in the formation of the Jewish faith; Paul was a key figure in the formation of the Christian faith.
  4. They were both strong, influential, Spirit-filled leaders. Moses was the first leader of the nation of Israel. Paul was the first Christian missionary and a key figure in the spread of the church throughout the entire Roman Empire.
  5. They both had personal encounters and deep relationships with God. Moses often met with God "face to face" and was considered His friend. Paul had a number of unique encounters with the Lord: on the road to Damascus (Acts 9), three years in Arabia after his conversion (Galatians 1), and caught up to the third heaven (2 Corinthians 12).
In Part 2, we will explore how we can become a pillar of the faith just like Moses and Paul.
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