Did you know it is possible to have a relationship with someone, but not have any fellowship? God wants us to have BOTH a relationship AND fellowship with Him and with other Christians. Passages like 1 John 1:6-7 show us how.
Whenever I teach that eternal life is received by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, someone always quotes James 2:19 at me, that demons also believe. But if we study James 2:19 in context, we see that James is not refuting the gospel truth of faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. This study shows what James truly meant in James 2:14-26.
In this interview with Shawn Lazar, we discuss his book “Chosen to Serve” and how divine election is to service; not to eternal life. After presenting the concept of election as it is taught in Scripture, we discuss Acts 13:48, 1 Peter 1:2, and 2 Peter 1:10-11.
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The reason that some people wonder if they can be blotted out of the book of life is because passages like Revelation 3:5 seem seem to indicate that this is a distinct possibility. However, when you understand what the Book of Life actually is, you will also come to understand what Revelation 3:5 actually means.
Some Christians use Galatians 1:8-9 as a proof text for the bad behavior of cursing other people. But Paul was not actually cursing others in Galatians 1:8-9. He was making a joke about circumcision. This article explains more.
Since the gospel is about all of life, and since the gospel invites us to live as though the new heavens and new earth were already here, then the gospel also invites us to live as if we never left the Garden of Eden. We are still called to take care of the plants and animals of this world.
A proper Christian response to culture therefore, is not contrary to and against culture, but alongside and with culture as we recognize and applaud the whispering of the Spirit in their midst, and then help guide and train the movements of God in culture along the paths and truths of the gospel.
If you are artistic, allow your work to be an expression of the beauty of the gospel. Don’t try to do Christian art. Just be artistic in a way that inspires others to think about truth, feel the love of God, and live in a way that promotes freedom. These are gospel values, and as such, any art that promotes such things is gospel art.
The political arena is a mess. It might be one of the darkest areas on earth. It seems impossible to be a politician without also being a liar, a thief, and a backstabbing jerk. Which means that due to the corruption in politics, the realm of politics is ripe for the gospel!