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January 12, 2016
January 11, 2016
January 11, 2016
The invite card is a simple business card that has basic information about the church and main worship services. The invite card is used by by members to invite others to church. Our invite card includes information on truelife.org, a website where people can find answers to tough questions about God and faith. Supplies of First Baptist Church of Ponchatoula invite cards are available in the worship center and welcome center. Use them to invite family, friends, and neighbors to church!
January 7, 2016
January 6, 2016
Full question: Pastor, As you know our Bible study this past Sunday was about the gifts of the Spirit. We spent quite some time discussing the gift of miraculous healing. (The kind that Peter and Paul had) Later after class a lady said to me that they had understood that the time of that type of healing ended with the age of the Apostles. I told them that I was not aware of any scripture that indicated that and that I believed that such healing gifts were still given to Christians as was indicated by the writer of our lesson. Anyway, what are your thoughts on this and do you have any notion of where this idea she had came from? I told her that I would find out for her.
Wow! This is a thorny, historic issue. Are the miraculous signs & wonders of Acts still around today? The answer is yes & no. The issue includes all of the “signs and wonders” of Acts and the early church: miracles, apostleship, tongues, incredible numbers of salvations… For me, the issue is an issue of DEGREE. I believe that signs & wonders were intensified in the Acts (early church) era. By that I mean supernatural signs & wonders took place to a degree they do not today.
God intensified these gifts to “jump start” the birth and growth of the church. I believe since then that certain gifts have ceased. Apostleship obviously ceased. Tongues ceased for hundreds of years, until it supposedly showed back up in 1925. I believe other miraculous signs and wonders just “slowed down” and changed in nature and character. The intensification lessened. I certainly do believe miracles occur today, but more often than not, as an answer to prayer.
The theological question is cessation vs. non-cessation or continuity vs. discontinuity. Historically, Baptists are cessationists.