The Wages of Sin and the Free Gift of God
An in-depth study of two contrasting ideas: what we’ve earned through sin and the free gift God has offered to humanity.
Did Jesus Exclude Repentance from Forgiveness?
Why do some Bible verses seem to indicate some people were forgiven without repentance?
More Preaching on Baptism?
Does the church need more preaching on baptism? How does one determine balance in gospel preaching? Jason Jackson addresses this issue in this week’s Penpoints.
Do We Have a Choice About Salvation?
Throughout God’s word, the responsibility of mankind to make a choice between serving God and Satan is clearly set forth.
Acts 4:32 – The Jerusalem Church of Christ
The Jerusalem church of Christ is a model that all churches should pattern themselves after. After all, they were operating under the direct instruction of the inspired apostles. The results are apparent in Acts 4:32.
Does the Requirement of Baptism Compromise the Immutability of God?
Does the fact that God did not require water baptism for the remission of sins under the Mosaic system indicate that baptism must not be obligatory under the New Covenant? Does this compromise the Lord’s “immutability”? Study the question with us.
When the plan of salvation is so easy to understand, why do some go to such great lengths to obscure it?
The Pope Ignites a Controversy
Benedict XVI, the current “pope” of the Roman Catholic Church, recently ignited a firestorm of controversy by reaffirming the oft-made church claim that salvation is found exclusively in the Roman Church.
Belief as Used in the Book of Acts
A study of the word “belief” as it is utilized in the book of Acts.
The Church Is the Saved
According to the doctrine of dispensational premillennialism (a view endorsed by many today), the “church” was not a part of the divine plan of redemption initially. But that view is not consistent with divine revelation.
Have you ever heard or read a statement that made you wonder how it ever could have been conceived? For example Bill O’Reilly, Fox News guru, said on national television that “the Catholic Church invented marriage” (WorldNetDaily, 2/10/2010). How does anyone that obtuse deserve a national audience? But he is not alone. Consider a few more quotes that are “simply outrageous.”
Malachi 1:2,3 – Jacob Loved, Esau Hated
The book of Malachi states that Jacob was “loved” by God, yet his brother Esau was “hated.” This week’s Margin Notes deals with the use of such language.
Does John 6:37 Teach Calvinist “Predestination”?
It is commonly alleged that Jesus, in John 6:37, endorsed the idea of “predestination” as popularized by John Calvin in the 16th century. Did he? Study this question with us.
Do Romans 6:3-4 and Galatians 3:26-27 Refer to Spirit Baptism?
Is Christian baptism to be administered by men or by the Spirit? Some believe that Holy Spirit baptism is in view in Romans 6:3-4 and Galatians 3:26-27. But will this idea stand the scrutiny of sound biblical interpretation?
8 Mistaken Ideas About Baptism
Although baptism is mentioned dozens of times in the New Testament, the rite has been so grossly misunderstood in a great variety of ways.
The Thrilling and Mysterious Ways of God
In a micro-exclamation of praise, Paul has captured the whole of redemptive history — Heaven’s operations on behalf of Adam’s fallen children. It yet leaves us stunned!
What Role Does Childbearing Play in Woman’s Salvation?
What was Paul’s meaning when he affirmed that woman could be saved through her child-bearing (1 Timothy 2:15)?
2 John 8 – The Reward of Labor
There is a type of work that is incorporated into the plan of redemption. Join us in the study of the apostle John’s reference to such work.
The Bible Doctrine of Sanctification
The term “sanctification” is used rather loosely in the community of “Christendom.” What does the Bible really teach about this important theme?
Does Divine Justification Exclude Human Obedience?
It is frequently alleged that “justification” is a process accomplished wholly by God, and any “obedience” on the part of man is excluded. But this theory, sincere as it may be, is seriously erroneous. Study this issue with us.