Read Matthew 28:16-20 … In Evangelical circles the idea of having a personal relationship with Christ seems to have taken on (as least for some of us outside those circles) a synonymous meaning with being saved. One Catholic author makes the point that the idea of having a personal relationship with Jesus is often associated … Continue reading A Personal Relationship with Christ
Of all the various interpretations that accompany the book of Revelation, there is a portion beginning in 20:11 that undoubtedly peers through the mists of time. This portion shows us John’s vision of the future where he witnesses the Judgment scene at the great white throne and it is revealed that “… anyone not found … Continue reading Is Your Name Written There?
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!?!”