Christians are Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God

How are Christians supposed to acts? How should they live? Are Christians strangers, pilgrims, and sojourners in this world? Are Christians supposed to be ambassadors? Ambassadors for what? How are ambassadors supposed to act? Is Christianity simply about belief or is it a Way of life? Are Christians to be willing to be persecuted and lied about? Were original Christians considered to be part of a sect/cult that was spoken against everywhere? What is the criteria for actually being a Christian?

Proverbs 29-31: Are You Willing to Learn From God's Word?

This is the tenth part of a ten-part sermon series covering the Book of Proverbs. In this sermon,. Dr. Thiel covers all the verses in the 29th, 30th, and 31st chapters of the Book of Proverbs. He goes over why Christians should accept correction, dealing with trials and temptations, being a Proverbs 31 wife, being a Proverbs 31 husband, and other aspects of Christian living. He goes over verses related to fools, thieves, children, dating, speaking, and not pride. He goes over items that God's word says to do as well as not to do.

Luke's census: Any historical evidence?

Some critics say that Luke's account of the census involving Joseph and Mary did not happen. They say that there should be historical evidence. Could Quirinius have been a leader of Syria at the time of Jesus' birth? Were therer multiple censuses during the time of Caesar Augustus? Was there a registration census? How did Augustus come to be declared the "father of his country"? What did Tertullian and Josephus write? Is there historical evidence that people had to travel for a census in the Roman Empire?

Gap Theory: Doctrine or Modern Heresy?

Must the Earth be less than 6000 years old? Was there a gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2? Was the Earth created without form and void? What are tohu and bohu? What about dinosaurs and hominids? Does the second chapter of Genesis support the idea that the Earth was completed, hence indicating that there was a time it was not? Was the 'gap theory' produced to deal with Darwinism? Does the Masoretic Old Testament provide direct support for some type of a gap? Did any ancient Jewish writers support a re-creation? Did any second century Church of God leaders teach any part of the gap theory? Did any Greco-Roman-Catholic saints teach the idea of a re-creation?

Trumpets and Being Born Again

The Feast of Trumpets is considered to be the fourth out of seven annual Holy Days. It is discussed as a memorial for the blowing of trumpets in the Book of Leviticus. Does this have anything to do with Christians today? Are Christians begotten or born again after conversion? What does the Bible teach? If Christians are not born again upon conversion, are they to be born again at the seventh trumpet? What happens with the other trumpets?

Acts 26-28: Shipwreck, the Kingdom of God, & Amen

This is the ninth and final part of a nine-part sermon series covering the entire Book of Acts. In this sermon, Paul begins by addressing King Agrippa and almost persuades him to become a Christian. Paul and his companions are put on a ship to ultimately take him to Rome. Paul warns correctly that the ship would face losses, but incorrectly that there would be a loss of life. After weeks at sea, the ship runs ground near Malta. The natives are nice to Paul, but expect him to die when a viper bites him.

Acts 23-25: Vows, Secrets, Cults, & Criticisms

This is the eighth part of a nine-part sermon series covering the entire Book of Acts. In this sermon, Paul begins by defending himself against accusations in Jerusalem. He travels under a massive armed guard to Caesarea as over forty Jews vowed not to eat nor drink until they killed him. Though not guilty of any Roman crime, Paul is locked up for years. The Jews finally hire a smooth talking legal advocate against Paul and says Paul is part of a sect (cult in the NLT) called the Nazarenes. Dr. Thiel explains what the Nazarenes taught and explained that on the nature of the Godhead, this does not agree with what is called Messianic Judaism.

Acts 20-22: James, Sunday, and Prejudice

This is the seventh part of a nine-part sermon series covering the entire Book of Acts. In this sermon, Paul's travels, not listening to God's Holy Spirit, seeing James, and his arrest in Jerusalem are covered. A discussion of the Holy Days, Sabbath, and Sunday is included. Also, Jewish and anti-Jewish prejudice is covered. The topics of circumcision and Paul's legal use of his dual citizenship are also discussed.