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Matt Dabbs

Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

Homepage: http://mattdabbs.com

There are two main words associated with the word “Gospel” one is a noun (the good news itself) and the other is a verb (to proclaim the good news). This post is going to deal with the noun and a follow up post will deal with the verb. I am not going to do a lot of commentating in this article. Instead, I want to give you the usages…

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In Scot McKnight’s excellent book, “King Jesus Gospel” he asks a question that is so simple but so profound – Did Jesus preach the gospel? This is an intriguing question because we typically think of the gospel as the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus that gives us future hope in heaven through our promised resurrection. But during Jesus’ ministry these things were not on the table in…

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Do you ever feel like you need some good news? Let’s talk this month about the meaning of the Gospel. When the New Testament writers used that term how did they use it and what did they mean? When second temple, first-century Jewish people heard that word, what did they think? When Paul and his fellow missionaries traveled the world and used that term with the Gentiles, how did…

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Selah, in Hebrew, is a pause. It usually has to do with musical notation. It is a break in the music. It is a moment of silence. Everything comes to a halt. The idea of a pause is something we can really use today especially when it comes to difficult online conversations.

When things get crazy online and the comments come flying in, our typical behavior is reactionary. We get…

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Some times rehearsed speeches are all we have. Elijah was there too, once. In 1 Kings 19:10 he says the very same thing he says again to God in 19:14, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left,…

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Psalm 3

1 Lord, how many are my foes!     How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me,     “God will not deliver him.”

Selah

3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,     my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I…

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There is a word so seemingly insignificant that newer translations are relegating it to the footnotes. It is the Hebrew word “selah.” You can find this word 74 times in the Old Testament: 3 times in Habakkuk 3 (verses 3, 9, and 13) and 71 times in the Psalms. In all of the instances it is used in the context of Hebrew poetry and probably has musical significance, like…

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One of the things I have had to remind myself of, at times, is that the church belongs to Jesus. The church doesn’t belong to me. The church doesn’t belong to the elders. The church belongs to Jesus. That means we need to lean on Jesus to do more of the heavy lifting because he has the more invested in what happens to his church than anyone else.

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The church has always been known for her benevolence. From the earliest days when believers shared their positions to their treatment of orphans and widows I believe where the church has gotten Jesus the most is in her benevolence. The church is a giving church. The church is a sacrificial church. People know her for her generosity. She is the Proverbs 31 women in congregational form.

One of the questions…

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As catchy as all the one word church names are these days I still don’t know a better name for God’s people than the Church of Christ or “Christ’s church.” It all belongs to Jesus. He is the head and we are the body. Some times I get wrapped up in all the wrong things and forget this very simple fact. I get worked up on owning too much…

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