The Value of the New Testament — Steve Miller

The New Testament contains 27 books which can be divided various ways. For example: 1.  Gospels: 4 books (Matthew-John). 2.  History: 1 book (Acts of Apostles). 3.  Letters:  21 books (Romans-Jude). 4.  Prophecy: 1 book (Revelation).  One overview that links faith, hope and love is: 1.  Faith: 5 books (Matthew-Acts of Apostles). 2.  Love: 21… Read More The Value of the New Testament — Steve Miller

Biblical Worldview — Steve Miller

and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27).
Why am I here? “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12:13).
Where am I going when I die? Our eternal destiny depends on obedience to His commandments. “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mk. 16:16).

The Big Issue

One’s view of God is the starting point for all worldviews. God is present in the foundation of our worldview if we have a biblical one. If we fail to include God in our worldview (Rom. 1:21), then we operate on an atheistic platform that will fail us eternally.
A biblical worldview is a perspective that sees everything through the “glasses” of Scripture. Rather than allowing culture or experience to determine a worldview, it allows the Bible to make that determination. “The Christian belief system, which the Christian knows to be grounded in divine revelation, is relevant to all of life” (Carl F.H. Henry, Toward a Recovery of Christian Belief [Westchester, IL: Crossway, 1990], 113.).

Divine Direction

The following are only a beginning sampling of biblical reminders of living our lives after the pattern of Him who died for us. A biblical worldview will be lived out by our unwavering allegiance to God and His Word in every category of life. We are not being true to God if we compartmentalize our faith and fail to consistently apply the gospel to our whole existence.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom. 12:2).
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col. 2:8).
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7).
Take time to examine what you believe and why you believe it. Make sure your foundation is built upon God and His Word and seek to live your life in a consistent manner daily, all the while keeping your eyes focused upon Jesus Christ and His example. A biblical worldview is the way of life for the Christian and must be maintained in order to please God our Creator.
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Steve serves as one of the ministers at the church of Christ at Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, SC. He has just written a book about living the Christian life, Between Sundays.
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The Baptism of Jesus — Steve Miller

The purpose of Jesus’ baptism was “to fulfill all righteousness.” “Righteousness” means doing what is right, obeying the Father’s will. Jesus was baptized in submission to His Father’s will. All of God’s commands are righteousness: “My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness” (Ps. 119:172, NKJV). In studying the phrase “fulfill all righteousness,” we understand Jesus simply complied because it was the right thing to do.… Read More The Baptism of Jesus — Steve Miller

Soul-Winning For Jesus: He Commanded Us To Do It — Steve Miller

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16). From this classic text we learn: The gospel, good news is to be preached to every creature in every nation. There are conditions of faith and obedience… Read More Soul-Winning For Jesus: He Commanded Us To Do It — Steve Miller

Suffering — Steve Miller, Guest Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2016)

This issue of the Carolina Messenger presents studies surrounding suffering, from the Christian worldview. Suffering is an inevitable part of life.  Physical illness, disease, injuries, broken relationships, death, persecution, natural disasters, and wars; from the consequences of our own choices, as well as the choices of others; remind us that many aspects of affliction, pain… Read More Suffering — Steve Miller, Guest Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2016)

What Jacob Has Taught Me – Steve Miller

Jacob was the twin-brother of Esau and the son of Isaac and Rebekah. He was the favorite of his mother. The name Jacob means “supplanter.” His encounter with God in Genesis 32:24–30 records the change of his name from “Jacob” (meaning “he grasps the heel”, figuratively, “he deceives”) to “Israel” (meaning “he struggles with God”).… Read More What Jacob Has Taught Me – Steve Miller