Read Luke 23:38-43 … Often there is an appeal to the thief on the cross next to Jesus, and their conversation, to point to the fact that baptism doesn’t have to be part of the scheme of redemption. The question is typically phrased in a way that asks, “Well, wasn’t the thief on the cross … Continue reading The Thief
Read Ephesians 4:14-16 … When discussing who is a member of the Church, one often falls into a denominational pattern of thought and comes to this conclusion, “The members of the Church are those that have joined us.” In the Scriptures, this is never the pattern that is set forth. Everett Ferguson puts it this … Continue reading There Can Be Only One
Read John 3:16 … THE verse, right? This single verse has been hailed as the central core of the Gospel. It finds its way onto television during sporting events – how many remember the guy with the rainbow colored wig holding up the “John 3:16” sign? It is one of the first verses children learn … Continue reading THE Verse
In 1991 Jimmy Allen wrote the book Re-Baptism? to address an issue that had become both a significant and persistent point of dispute among those of the Restoration Movement. The issue revolves around what an individual must understand prior to their baptism; and further, what level of understanding about the reasons for their baptism must … Continue reading Re-Baptism?
2 Timothy 2:13-17 While doing research for a paper regarding Baptism I viewed a video of a local denominational preacher speaking on the subject, and two things amazed me. First, I was astounded that some of what the gentleman was saying was right on target. He said that Peter instructed those at Pentecost to be … Continue reading Stuff That Makes You Say, “What!?!”
Soteriology, from a component point of view, is large and complex. Jesus in the Great Commission expressed that the process of our salvation is encompassed in the making of disciples, baptizing them, and then teaching them all that has been commanded (Matt. 28:18-20). These component parts have been expanded and contemplated to such an extent … Continue reading Doctrine of Soteriology