Greg Johnston

Ask for Boldness

What Does Acts of the Apostles Teach Us When We Pray for Boldness?

What Does Acts of the Apostles Teach Us When We Pray for Boldness? Be careful what you ask for. “That’s the story of Acts – they pray for boldness in the beginning, they practice boldness throughout, and it ends on the note that the Gospel continued going forward boldly without hindrance.” ———————————————— This project turned out to be longer (i.e., more long-winded) than I first envisioned. But once I got into it, it was too…

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What Does Hermeneutics Mean

Can Bible Verse Meanings Vary for Different People, Cultures, Times?

I was posed the following question. Well, it was sort of a question. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be.” This verse does not have one and the same meaning to all readers.” Bible Meanings Do NOT Change Three points. First, the idea that the text from Psalm 46:1-2 means different things to different readers…

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1st Century Church Restoration

What do we mean when we say we want to Restore the 1st Century Church

It’s not possible for Restoration Movement churches to go back to the 1st century. Bill Belew says he doesn’t even want to go back to the first century. There was no wi-fi then. 1st Century Church Restoration is NOT Biblical One of the problems is that “restoration” is not a term referring to anything biblical when used in this sense. But for many, it has become a hermeneutic for reading scripture, especially the book of…

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Pondering the Word of God

What Does the Word of God Mean in Ministry in the Restoration Movement

Sometimes I know the answer. Sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I just have a lot of questions. Wrestling with the Word of God I’m doing a bit of research for an ongoing project. I am wrestling with the meaning of the phrase, “the Word of God,” especially as it relates to the ministry of the Word within our Restoration Movement churches. I would like to throw out a few questions to see if any of you…

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Sermons Require Application

Do All Sermons Need to Have an Application to Be Biblical?

Does a sermon have to have an application to rightfully be called a sermon? A pastor of a church in Portland, OR attempts to establish that every sermon ought to have application. He concludes that “a sermon unapplied is no sermon at all, but merely a Bible lecture.” Are We Listening to the Same Sermon? My first reaction is that he and I have a much different experience listening to sermons. I can’t remember ever…

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  • Joel 2:23 September 20, 2020
    “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.”
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