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Article | The Three Men Named Ananias

By: Zach Collins Have you ever heard someone utilize this generalization? It will start by them saying, “There are two types of people in the world”, and then they will proceed to compare competing views of the same subject. For example, there are those who make your life easier – and those who make your life harder. Or, there are those who live their lives to please man – and there are those who live their lives to please God. How about this generalization? There are those who eat baby back ribs with their fingers – and those who eat their baby back ribs with a fork. I’m ashamed to reveal that I identify with the latter. However, in the book of Acts, this is true as we find three men named Ananias who lived different lives. In fact, one could say that each of the three men named Ananias represents a different type of person today. As we explore their situations, let us ask the question: Which Ananias do you identify with?   The first Ananias is featured in a dramatic episode that took place in the first century church in Jerusalem, in Acts 5. In the spirit of generosity, which was shared by most New Testament Christians (e.g., Acts 4:32), a man by the name of Ananias, along with his wife Sapphira, sold a parcel of land which they owned. However, the two conspired to lie about the profits they earned from this sell, not only to the …

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Article | What Is a Pastor?

By: Zach Collins When most religious people use the term “pastor”, they have in mind the primary leader of a congregation or a man-made system which exists in the denominational world, known as the pastoral system. Imagine posing this question to a random person on the street: What is a pastor? What answers would you receive? Perhaps, the “senior pastor” would come to mind, or the one who does the preaching, teaching, and visiting in the local congregation. Or, perhaps, the “pastor system” would come to mind, a man-made and unscriptural system of church organization where one man is given the authority over a group of people. With the misunderstanding of biblical terminology comes the misuse of biblical terminology. However, as the students of the word, it is prudent for us to ensure that our usage and view of the word “pastor” coincides with the biblical definition of the word “pastor.” Is the Bible’s definition of the term pastor the same as my understanding of the term pastor? Let’s explore these thoughts.             The term pastor is derived from the Greek word poimen, meaning to shepherd. In fact, while the Greek word poimen is employed 18 times in the New Testament, it is only rendered as the term pastor once. In defining the miraculously endowed roles of the first-century church, Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:11 (NKJV), “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers…” It’s important to note that the role …

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Zach Collins – In Christ Alone

Zach Collins – In Christ Alone What does it mean to be in Christ? Open your Bible and follow along, as we explore the trove of spiritual blessings in Christ and the void of blessings outside of Christ.