Christian Help for Overcoming Addictions and Habitual Sins

Can you relate to these words, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Rom 7:19)? However, “For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted” (Heb 2:18). He is “one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Heb 4:15).

Christ is able to help everyone overcome temptations, habitual sin, and addictions. There is always a way to escape from temptation (1 Cor 10:12–13). The apostle Paul revealed, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal 5:16). Walking by the Spirit means Continue reading

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Bible Verses for Overcoming Addictions and Habitual Sins

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” (Rom 7:18–19; cf. 1 Pet 2:11)

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God — through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Rom 7:24–25; cf. 2 Cor 7:10; Heb 12:1)

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Gal 5:16)

“For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Heb 4:15) Continue reading

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Life Changing Scriptures about God’s Grace

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, emp. added).

Romans 6:8, “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

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 Christby 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).

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Historical Apologetics: An Approach to Bart Ehrman’s Critical Textbook

Bart D. Ehrman. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. 5th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Reviewer: Scott Shifferd

Bart Ehrman provides a critical perspective of New Testament scholars. While these beliefs is threatening to those struggling with their faith, Ehrman’s text is valuable for Christians, because it informs the believer of how a critical scholar and an agnostic would approach the Bible. Every student can grasp the critical viewpoints that Ehrman communicates in his textbook.

An Agnostic’s Bible

Ehrman’s textbook exposes students to hypercritical scholarship that excludes a balanced perception of possible harmonies among the New Testament Scriptures. However, such scholars are unaware of how much they leave unanswered and how much they admit. Ehrman recognized that the first Christians had a precedent for Scripture because of Judaism (10). Furthermore, Ehrman noted that 1 Timothy 5:18 mentioned Luke’s Gospel and that 2 Peter 3:16 referred to Paul’s writings as “Scripture.” Ehrman revealed that critical scholars can see that early Christian communities accepted apostolic writings as Scripture when written (10). Continue reading

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What Did Jesus Say about Salvation?

Jesus of Nazareth said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life” (Jn 6:63), “My words will by no means pass away” (Lk 21:33), “I have given to them [the Apostles] the words” (Jn 17:8), “when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (Jn 16:13), and “whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes” (Lk 9:26).

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), “just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Lk 6:31), “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:21), and “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (Jn 15:13).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16), “so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Mt 12:40), “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will Continue reading

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Why Repentance is Necessary

God calls all people everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Furthermore, Jesus declared in Luke 24:46–47, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’” This is the Gospel to the Nations that is described, “Then God has also granted to the Nations repentance to life” (Acts 11:18). Jesus expressed, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Luke 5:32). Were you called to repent?

Many have a misconception of what repentance is. Sorrow is not repentance (2 Cor 7:9–10). Changing behavior without changing the mind is not repentance. Changing the mind without Continue reading

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What Does the Church Do?

What do churches do? Many people, doubters and believers, are asking this question. What purpose does the church have? What does the church do for the community? Consider how the church of Christ began.

When the Gospel message established the church, the apostle Peter proclaimed the fulfillment of the prediction of the Spirit’s coming and he proclaimed David’s prophecy that the Christ’s body would not decay. How did thousands respond? Because the Apostles and hundreds others testified to their experiences of Jesus resurrected, three thousand were baptized that day, and God added them to the church (Acts 2). When the first church began, what did they do?

That initial faith compelled these first believers to devote themselves. “And they devoted themselves to Continue reading

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List of Bible Verses about Christian Worship and Music

The Definition of Christian Praise:

Hebrews 13:15, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (cf. Psa 22:22; Matt 26:29).

How Jesus Praises God:

Hebrews 2:12, “I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”

Matthew 26:30, “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Mark 14:26, “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

The Purpose of Singing:

Ephesians 5:18-20, “And do not be filled with wine, in which is excess; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your Continue reading

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What Did Jesus Say about Salvation?

Who does Jesus profess as the source of 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.”

What is necessary for Jesus to save someone?

Jesus proclaimed in Luke 9: Continue reading

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Scriptures about Christians and Civil Government

Here are some applications and a list of scriptures about Christians and civil government:

  • Use your rights as a Christian and citizen (Acts 22:22–29).
  • God ordains the government to punish the wicked and to praise those who do good (1 Pet 2:13–17).
  • Obey the government and honor their leaders (Titus 3:1–2).
  • Pay taxes (Matt 22:15–22; Rom 13:5–7; cf. Mark 12:13–17; Luke 20:19–26).
  • Pray for them so that we live at peace (1 Tim 2:1–4).
  • Use their abuse of power for freedom to spread the gospel (Acts 16:35–40).
  • Avoid stirring up quarrels, disputes, and mobs (Acts 24; Titus 3:1–2).
  • Use the government as the God-instituted sword to protect you (Acts 23:26–35).
  • Let the government avenge with God’s wrath (Rom 13:4).
  • However, appeal to the governing authorities for justice (Acts 24:22–27; 25:8–12; 26).

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Bible Verses about When a Believer is Saved by Grace

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, emp. added).

Romans 6:8, “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also
live with him.

Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

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 Christby 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).

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