When does God save a believer by grace and raise that person with Christ?
Ephesians 2:4–6, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (ESV, emp. added).
Must a believer die with Christ for God to raise that believer to life?
2 Timothy 2:11, “The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him;” (ESV). Continue reading
“What do you think about divorce and remarriage?” asked a young Christian man. Knowing that the young man was engaged and his parents divorced, the minister lovingly pleaded, “Maybe you should focus yourself in understanding Ephesians 5 and husbands loving their wives before you try to understand divorce.” That reply impacted that young man’s life and strengthened his future marriage.
How much have Christian couples influenced their children, the church, and the world by glorifying God with Christ-like behavior?
Jesus taught in Matthew 5:20, “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (see also Matt 16:11–12).
Have we already decided who the Pharisees are (i.e. “those sinners”)? Do modern-day Pharisees ever call other people “Pharisees” since being a nominal “Pharisee” fell out of style twenty centuries ago?
“Am I a modern-day Pharisee?” Do people tell you that you are a Pharisee, legalist, or judgmental? Do you wonder if they are right? Does loving Christ and keeping His commands make you are a “Pharisee” or a legalist (John 14:23–24)?
Christians can avoid slipping into the Pharisee’s mindset if they adhere to Christ. The Christian must examine oneself. Here are some characteristics of Pharisees: Continue reading
Some say that worship consists of everything that a Christian does including involuntary actions such as sleeping, blinking, or breathing. Some say only praise is worship to God. Others say only a certain actions in the assembly consist of worship. Continue reading
Who defines worship? The obvious answer is God through His written Word, but there is no explicit definition of worship in the Scriptures. Yet, the English-speaking world has already defined the word “worship” for itself, and there are some quite different definitions between Christians. When examining the definitions of the words for worship in the Scriptures along with the English definition of worship, this issue begins to resolve. Hopefully, this study will reconcile biblical Greek to modern English, and end needless division over related issues.
To be able to reach a correct understanding of worship and to define worship according to the Scriptures, the starting point is a scriptural study of the Continue reading
“Worship” is one of the most misunderstood words of the Bible. Many believers have confused the word “worship” confining worship to assemblies. The following are the conclusions of scholars who clarify a biblical concept of worship.
In the book published by Gospel Advocate, The Church of Christ (Nashville: Gospel Advocate, 1997. p. 135), Edward C. Wharton exhorted, “We should not think of worship as confined to praise or a worship activity in a church house.” Continue reading
Why do I believe in God? The souce of love has convinced me. There is no greater virtue than love and it is worth our every effort to live for it.
The virtue of love can only have three possible sources: (1) Love evolved from a survival instinct and lacks free-will. (2) People invented the concept of love, and it may or may not have become embedded in human nature. (3) Love is Continue reading
What did Jesus mean that body and soul could be destroyed in Gehenna in Matthew 10:28? Many use these words of Jesus as the starting point for doubting the eternal condemnation of Hell, Gehenna. Rather than Hell being the place of everlasting torment, some have concluded that Gehenna fire destroys lost souls into nonexistence. Continue reading
Do atheists and agnostics actually have open minds to the evidence? Or, are atheists and agnostics too prejudice to consider evidence for God even ex-skeptics turned believers? If a skeptic would be convinced and converted to believe, would he not have to consider the reasoning of those who have converted to believe? Continue reading
In 1 Timothy 2:13–14, the Apostle Paul revealed why women are neither to teach nor to exercise authority over men. The Apostle explained, “For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor” (1 Tim 2:13–14 ESV). Continue reading
Who can be trusted for salvation?
Christ professed in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Jesus confirmed in John 6:63b, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
How can someone be saved according to Jesus?
Jesus proclaimed in Luke 9: Continue reading