Thanksgiving is past. December has arrived. And it is now safe to play Christmas music without fear. This is the season of Advent. The word itself means “coming.” This is the time when we celebrate the coming of the baby in the manger, a Savior to forgive us of our sins and provide a wayContinue reading “This Is Advent”
“Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.” Acts 13:26 Paul arrives as Pisidian Antioch and is invited to speak. The Pharisee become missionary, proceeds to establish common ground with his audience, “Men of Israel and those who fearContinue reading ““Gospel Message””
NO ONE is beyond the reach of God’s saving arm. The apostle Paul, himself, (previously known as Saul) serves as a posterchild for this transformation. Paul considered himself to be the least of the apostles and the greatest of all sinners. Indeed, Saul was a terrorist, a religious terrorist who hunted down Christians and sought to lock them up in prison.
But God interrupted Saul’s plans.
Over the past several years, we have witnessed a number of well-known church leaders leave the faith. For some that means theological compromise due to cultural capitulation and for others it means a false teaching, and for still others it has been a complete abandonment of faith. While these episodes feed confusion and cause discouragement,Continue reading “What About Those Who Fall Away?”
Having established a basic biblical understanding of salvation, we are now ready to wrestle with a few specific questions. Perhaps the most asked and most personal question is, “How can I know that I am saved?” This is the issue of assurance. Whether you ask this question for yourself or are asked it by anotherContinue reading “How Can I Know I Am Saved?”
Now, given our five foundational assumptions, let us begin building a frame of Biblical truth. If we are going to battle back confusion and fear, we must anchor deep in the Scriptures. Specifically, if we lack assurance of salvation, if we are confused surrounding issues of salvation (can you lose it?), if we are fearfulContinue reading “Understanding the Divine Nature of Our Salvation”
If we are going to approach tough questions biblically and find answers that makes sense, we must have the right handles by which we can grab hold and reach clarity.