But you say: What is a simple child of God, who knows no theology, to do? Just this: to remember that any so-called gospel which is not pure unadulterated grace is “another” gospel. If it proposes, under whatever specious guise, to win favor of God by works, or goodness, or “character,” or anything else which man can do, it is spurious. That is the unfailing test.
C I Scofield. “The Grace of God.” The Fundamentals, Vol. III. Ed. R. A. Torrey, A. C. Dixon. Los Angeles: The Bible Institute of Los Angeles. 1917. p. 98.Read More
This past Saturday was our annual neighborhood yard sale. When the weather is favorable (as it was this year) the event can attract several hundred people. This is, of course, a perfect opportunity to share the Gospel message with a world that so desperately needs the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s also a great opportunity to involve the entire family in the effort: my wife organized and set up several tables with the usual garage sale items, my children set up an ice cream stand, and I set up the Gospel table.
In the above picture of the Gospel table I numbered three specific ideas that you could incorporate into a similar effort:Read More
“…Lest you die.” Genesis 3:3
“There’s nothing certain except death and taxes” says the familiar adage, but why is that so? People of every race, nationality, socioeconomic and educational level die. One out of every one dies in our world today; these are easy statistics for the mathematically challenged (like this author.) How does one account for the ubiquity of death in our world? Genesis 3 gives the answer.Read More
This is the eleventh video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.
If you have been following this series of Bible teaching on Titus you will be glad to know that we have progressed to Titus chapter two. This becomes really practical. When you live as a Christian you either add value to what you claim to believe or you detract from it.
Paul instructs Titus to teach the believers on the island of Crete not just what to believe but how to live a life which makes what they believe look attractive.
Challenge: Are you a value adding Christian or a doctrine destroying Christian? Watch to discover how this works.
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“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman,’Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?’” Genesis 3:1
Among human beings, it is a common sin to discount the goodness of their Creator. Often when God is brought into any conversation, it is merely to complain about what’s wrong with the world. Many people live under the misconception that God wants to rob them of any enjoyment they might have on this woeful planet. This brings to mind the journalist H.L. Mencken’s definition of a Puritan: someone who fears that somebody somewhere is having a good time. Many people think God is like that. Not surprisingly, therefore, the first temptation to Adam and Eve came in the form of a question ascribing harshness to the Almighty’s provision for His creatures.Read More
On Matthew 10:14-15: “This is a doctrine fearfully overlooked, and one that deserves serious consideration. Men are sadly apt to forget, that it does not require great open sins to be sinned, in order to ruin a soul for ever. They have only to go on hearing without believing, listening without repenting, going to Church without going to Christ, and by and bye they will find themselves in hell! We shall all be judged according to our light. We shall have to give account of our use of religious privileges. To hear of the ‘great salvation,’ and yet neglect it, is one of the worst sins man can commit. (John 16:9.)”
J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Matthew, (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1860), p. 96-97.Read More
If Twitter existed 2000 years ago….Read More
Scripture: Romans 1:16, 5:1, 8:3-4, 10:1-4, 11:30-36, 12:1-5, 12:9-11, 13:11-14, 15:1-3, 15:13-16, 16:3-4, 16:25-27
God taught us His gospel (chapters 1 to 8). God delivered us from the penalty of sins, delivers us from the power of sin in us, and will deliver us from the corruption of sin on our bodies.
Then God taught us that His gospel should affect our view of life on earth (chapters 9 to 11). The past, present and future are part of God working out His great plans! Allow God to be God. Listen when He speaks. He is in charge! Rejoice in HisRead More
How great to see saints working together! But you do need to realize that there are people that try to cause trouble.
Some people will claim they are serving the Lord but they really are serving themselves. They are feeding their belly by getting people to follow them.
A real servant of the Lord will be like Christ who gave Himself to bless others. A Christ-like servant will not try to get attention for himself. He wants the Lord Jesus to get all the honor. A true servant of the Lord will not try to get people to follow him by causing disputes among the saints.
So stay away from people that try to divide saints so that they get glory and gain for themselves. Avoid people who try to get attention for themselves. Satan likes to stir up trouble this way. God likes to see saints at peace as they all enjoy the Lord Jesus Christ. May His grace be with you as youRead More
Paul is a great example of the attitude we should have. He loved the gospel. He gave up his life to spread it around the world. He also loved the saints and the local gatherings of Christians. He gave his life for God’s saints and God’s assemblies.
Value what God values. What is God doing today? Through His gospel people are being saved from all nations. What is God doing with these saved people? They are gathered together around Christ in local churches, and have the privilege to be part of the work He is doing. Value the gospel and the assemblies.
So Paul valued what God valued. He knew and loved Christians. He greets them by name and speaks kind words to them. He saw himself as a partner with saints in the Lord’s work.
And look at the example of these saints! Phoebe serves a local assembly, helping many including Paul. Prisca and Aquila risk their neck for Paul and the assemblies, and have a groupRead More