Noah, God’s Grace, & Salvation through the Water

After Adam and Eve, people multiplied over the face of the earth. In four centuries, a few billion people could have populated the Earth. From Adam to Noah, there were over sixteen centuries. In this time, giants lived on the earth (Gen 6:4; cf. Job 40–41).

About forty-five hundred years ago inNoah's Ark and God's Grace the days of Noah, God saw the wickedness of man across the earth filled with violence and corruption (Gen 6:11–12). However, God also saw the world in a way in which people cannot. God saw that every intent of the thoughts of the heart were evil continually (Gen 6:5). Only God can judge the hidden counsels of the heart (1 Cor 4:5). Therefore, God judged the world and brought a just destruction upon the world by a flood. Like the Flood, God has reserved the world now for fire until the judgment day (2 Pet 3:5–7). However, many do not understand the consequences of their sin.

The sin of the world, our sin, grieves the heart of the Almighty God. Genesis 6:6 reveals, Continue reading

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Ten Clear Characteristics of the Church of Christ

1. Faith: The church of Christ believes and trusts in the one God. God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit are all one God, and are not created since God is eternal (Gen 1:26; 3:22; Matt 28:19; Luke 3:22; Acts 10:37–38; Rom 8:9–11; 9:5). God is the Head of Christ (1 Cor 11:3). Christ is God in the bodily form (John 1:1, 14; Col 2:9), and the Spirit is the Spirit of the whole of God (1 Cor 2:10–11). From the beginning, the Word was God who came in the flesh and dwelt among mankind (Isa 9:6; 48:16; John 1:1, 14; Phil 2:5–8; Col 1:15–20). As Christ affirmed, God created the world in six literal days (Exo 20:11; Mark 10:6–8). Jesus is the Christ who was born of a virgin and who God’s prophets predicted to come centuries before His birth (Psa 2; 22; 110; Isa 7:14; 9:6–7, 11; 48:16; 52:13–53:12). God sent Jesus who is His express image. Being tempted in all ways, Jesus did not sin and yet died (Phil 2:5–11; Heb 4:14–15; 1 Pet 2:22). Therefore, Jesus did not earn death or condemnation in Hell,Jacksonville-Church-of-Christ and yet He destroyed the power of death by being raised from the dead (Rom 6:8–10; Heb 2:14). Jesus “came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). In the end, Christ will be the Judge, and He will judge the nations giving the righteous eternal life in His heavenly paradise and sentencing others to eternal punishment (Matt 25:31–46; Rev 20:11–15). Therefore, the saving Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1–4).

2. Love: Christ’s church truly loves God and one another. Christ’s disciples are known by their love for one another (John 13:35; 14:21–24; 1 John 3:10, 16; 5:1–3). Their love for God includes their love for one another in which their love for God is by their obedience in observing all that Christ has commanded (John 14:23–24, 1 John 5:2–3, cf. Matt 28:20). The church loves one another so much that they follow Jesus’ pattern and lay down their lives for one another for there is no greater love (John 15:13; Rom 5:8; 1 John 3:16–17). The church practices true religion in the care of Continue reading

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When Should Christians Judge?

“Never!” Some say that Christians must never judge. However, Christ commands judging. “Where? And if so, how could that be?”

Turn to the words of Jesus. Christians are to be followers of Christ and not the followers of culture’s “tolerance.” Christ commands His followers to gently restore those who go astray and often believers who attempt to do this are met with the words, “You can’t judge me!” Is this not a double standard to judge those who are judging? However, many people are right to confront those who judge them unjustly with prejudice. Continue reading

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Three Ways for Husbands to Love Their Wives — Plus Six Behaviors that Complete that Love

“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?

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Seven Signs for Identifying a Pharisee

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 Pharisee and the Tax Collectortell 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

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Sacrificial Worship to God and the Biblical Definition of Worship

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

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The Greek Words for the Biblical Definition of Worship

Who defines worship? The obvious answer is God through His written Word, but there is no explicit definition of worship in the Scriptures. However, 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

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Scholarly Conclusions about the Biblical Definition of Worship

“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

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The Source of Love is Why Humanity Should Believe in God

[Why do I believe in God? The source 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

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Is the Soul Destroyed in Hell?

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

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Are Atheists Open-Minded?

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

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A Brief Apologia for Understanding the Woman’s Deception in 1 Timothy 2:14

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

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How Jesus Saves according to Jesus

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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