What the Gospel is NOT
Soteriology / September 24, 2015

There are many things that many people refer to as the good news of Jesus Christ, and not all of them pass Biblical or even intellectual muster. How can we tell the difference between what is real and what is not? There are a few things that come to mind immediately. The gospel is not for gain. The Gospel is not for our own selfishness. The Gospel is not for emotionalism. The Gospel does not…

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Discipleship 101 – The Breaking of Bread – Worship
Christology , Ecclesiology , General , Worship / September 24, 2015

In our consideration of the practices of the very first group of Christian converts, we come to what our key text of Acts 2:42 calls “the breaking of bread.” As before, there are both individual and corporate considerations, but in this article, I will restrict myself to the individual exercise. The breaking of bread is a specific ordinance of Christian worship that was practiced by the very first group of Christian converts (Acts 2:42). It…

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Working through Past Hurts

It is very painful to work through past hurts stemming from domestic violence and abuse. There are so many obstacles to overcome. From our self-doubt, self-hate, insecurities, to a total violation of our ability to trust. All these emotions leave us questioning our purpose of existence and reeling in emotional agony. It leaves us wondering if we are worthy of love or if God is angry with us. God does not judge you for your…

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What IS the “Gospel” Anyway?
General , Resources , Soteriology / September 17, 2015

This is a great question, and there is really only one right answer. Everything else…well, it’s not quite right at a minimum. Further, the answer to this question will tell you almost everything you need to know about the message of the person telling you. So – what IS this “Gospel”? The word Gospel is a middle-English word meaning good or great news. The word translated as Gospel in the New Testament is evangeleo, and…

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Our Need To Forgive

Because Christ forgave us. God the Father ‘made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him’ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Where is the justice? The cross makes forgiveness legally and morally right: ‘For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all’ (Romans 6:10). Forgiveness is required by God. As soon as Jesus spoke the amen to His model prayer–which…

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