When a Believer is Saved by Grace and Made Alive with Christ


How must a believer die with Christ for God to raise that believer to life?

Luke 9:23–24, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (ESV).

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.”

2 Timothy 2:11, “The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him.”

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

Must a believer be buried with Christ in baptism for God to raise that believer with Christ?

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Essentials to Overcoming Sin


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Keep the Gospel in Baptism!


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A World without God


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Minimal Facts of Jesus’s Resurrection


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The AD 30 Creed


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Find a Most Meaningful Life


Occasionally, a sports commentator will reflect upon the relationships developed among athletes and coaches. They appear to look for something deeper than physicals feats and to a deeper meaning in human relationships. However, beyond human existence, sports have no lasting meaning. The same can be true for life. Many just play life as a game.

Does the universe lack ultimate meaning in the same way? Unless acted upon by a force beyond the universe, the stars will eventually die out and the galaxies will drift into cold dark nothingness forever. Many cannot explain the origin of the universe or appease a meaningless end of life. For the secularist, there is no ultimate meaning of life.

What is the ultimate purpose of life? This question is not about what meaning that someone personally attributes to life, but what is the ultimate purpose of life.

Humanity Hopes

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How Secularism is Killing America and yet There is Another Way

Secularism in the Supreme Court

Most Americans live their days with little thought of God. Their television and movies mostly ignore God. For the most part, the media ignores God. People have not allowed God in the workplace or school to avoid controversy and pursue peace. This is secularism.

The U.S. government ignores God. Political correctness has chosen secularism, which is the exclusion of thinking of God. Americans have bought the lie that secularism is neutral.

Politicians have little mind to think theologically about policies. Why should they? They must “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech” (1st Amd). In the process of ignoring religion, they think little about preserving this right of religion, because their thinking disregards God having a place in the state.

The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God

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“The Case for the Christ of the New Testament”

Varghese, Roy Abraham, Robert Price, Ralph Gilmore, and Dick Sztanyo. The Case for the Christ of the New Testament: An Adversarial Dialogue Concerning the Existence of Jesus Christ. Vienna, West Virginia: Warren Apologetics Center, 2013. Reviewer: Scott J. Shifferd

Making a case for Jesus as the Christ is older than the church. The church exists because experiences of Jesus’s resurrection converted the first Christians. These experiences transformed the lives of the first believers, and today, the open-the-biblephenomenon of the Christian faith produces that same transformation among vast numbers every century. Furthermore, Jesus’s apostles made the case that Jesus is the prophesied Christ upon the Scriptures, the empty tomb, and the witnesses who experienced Jesus risen (Acts 2; 13; 1 Cor 15:1–11). The Case for the Christ of the New Testament is useful for ministers to reach another level of depth in historical apologetics and prepare for the rising of mythicist claims.

The following is a summary of the dialogue between Roy Abraham Varghese, Robert M. Price, and Ralph Gilmore.

Dialogue Positions

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Why Evangelicals Need to Reconsider Being Born Again

The apostle Paul described salvation “by grace you have been saved through faith” (Eph 2:8 ESV). This is truly the core of Christian teaching about salvation. However, where is the death, burial, and resurrection in the salvation plan of evangelicals? The saving gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1–4). Why do so many evangelicals separate being born again from the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection with Christ?

Regeneration and Jesus’s Resurrection

When God saves the believer from death in sin, God raises that person alive with Christ (Eph 2:4–7). This is regeneration when one is born again throughHow to Be Born Again the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Pet 1:3). This is God’s grace in the power of the resurrection for the believer’s salvation. According to Jesus, regeneration is to lose one’s life to find it (Luke 9:24). Regeneration is essential to salvation.

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Thirteen Reasons Why Atheism is Implausible, Irrational, and Irresponsible

Why Atheism is Agnostic & Irrational

  1. Purpose — Atheism cannot perceive an ultimate purpose for humankind and the universe. Without God, there is no ultimate purpose. Without God, humanity will eventually cease to exist, the stars will go dark, and the galaxies will drift into nothingness forever.
  2. Honesty — Secularism assumes unbiased neutrality and yet excludes other plausible explanations that include recognizing God. Anyone who disregards or reinterprets God to reject God is not honest. Neutrality cannot disregard probability and reason.
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