What does it mean to “impart” God’s word? You might think it means to give; as in, I give you something to own, and I no longer have any claim to it. But that’s not what impart means in most of its Biblical usage. The word impart has implications and Paul’s use of the word demonstrates them. The concept of imparting God’s word is something to be considered when taken in context of Biblical usage.
When you say you will impart something, you imply that the something being imparted is of significance. It also means that it is not something one person relinquishes completely but shares with the receiver.
Paul is recorded in Romans as saying he longed to impart a spiritual gift. In 1 Thessalonians he said he and fellow missionaries imparted not only the Gospel, but their own souls. Consider, they didn’t give way their souls, they shared their souls (themselves, who they are) and the Gospel with the Church in Thessalonica.
There are secular Bible teachers who teach students about the Bible, the words in its pages, and how this book has affected world events. But this is quite different than imparting; or sharing God’s Word with others. The former remains unmoved by the Word. For them it’s a cognitive exercise. But those who impart God’s word change and grow with others.
Do you talk to others about the Gospel, or go farther and impart your faith?
Questioning persecution is nothing new. It’s something Christians have done since the earliest recorded times. But this isn’t something unique to God’s children, it’s a reaction seen in most humans.
Consider how the citizens of Ukraine acted after their country was invaded by Russia early in 2022. Ukraine, a country that had its share of divisions suddenly became united. Adversity can unify an invaded nation. It can also unify us as a persecuted church. Similarly, just as the world’s view of Ukraine changed as we watched the way its citizens responded to an invasion, the way we respond to anti-Christian jabs can also change the way others view followers of Jesus.
Paul spoke about persecution in 1 Thessalonians. He records how onlookers in Thessalonica saw his response to persecution as evidence he wasn’t there for personal gain. Persecution made his witness stronger.
I’m not implying that persecution is always God’s will, or that it’s wrong to ask God for deliverance from persecution. I am saying when we ask, we should follow Jesus’ example and follow with: Nevertheless, Thy will be done. There just may be reasons far beyond what we’ve considered. What are your thoughts?
Let’s consider some universal things. For example, everyone eats. When ancient people learned how to write, they recorded stories about every part of life including stories about people eating. Wouldn’t it be ridiculous to conclude that whomever was the first to make a written record of people eating must have invented eating? Is this rather absurd assumption any different than the presupposition made by those who claim the flood account originated with an author that pre-dates Genesis.
Other cultures may have written down flood stories that pre-date our oldest copies of Genesis, but this only indicates they were the first to write it down. After all, Genesis records a flood that happened when the earliest humans walked the earth, possibly before anyone had written language. Isn’t it interesting that cultures from the Mesopotamians to the Mayans have written stories of a great flood? It’s what you would expect to find the flood were an oral tradition handed down to all descendants no matter how far apart they eventually settled.
The Perrys announced Monday the addition of Scott Brand as lead singer and new baritone Austin Olvey.
Scott, a native of Lineville, Alabama, is a former member of Gold City and has toured with Ernie Dawson and Heirline.
“Libbi and I have been friends a long time and it’s a great honor to not only be apart of a 50 year old rich legacy but be on stage with one of the greatest voices that has ever stepped on a gospel stage! The future is very bright and I’m looking forward to what God has planned for me and for The Perrys,” said Scott.
Austin is from Chattagnooga, TN. He says he’s always dreamed of singing with a group like the Perrys since he was a child.
“The Bible says, if you delight yuorself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart. He is faithful and has kept His promises,” said Austin.
The first date with the new members is August 6 in the US.