Whenever churches talk about the gospel, they are attempting to answer this question, “what must I do to be saved?” Depending on who you ask, of course, you will probably receive a different answer. Even though everyone starts with faith in Jesus, the requirements beyond that seem to differ from church to church. Some are adamant that […]
Is It Biblical to Get Re-Baptized?
We’re deeply grateful to have baptized six individuals into God’s Kingdom this past Sunday. This Sunday’s baptism was not these individuals’ first, however, as each of them had been baptized in other churches previously. In light of that, it’s always worth asking if re-baptism is a biblical practice. And if it is biblical, how should churches […]
Does Christ Really Want Back Into Christmas?
In a time where the United States collectively pauses to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and the mantra of the season is to “put Christ back into Christmas,” the question is rarely asked, was Christ ever in Christmas to begin with? This question brings us back to Christmas’ roots, which reveals it to be […]
A Reflection on Needful Change
It’s Fall time here in Colorado. This means the hillsides are glowing with the reds and yellows of the aspen trees that thrive in the mountains. The change in colors is not the result of these aspens deciding to put on a show once a year. It is instead a time of preparation for the […]
The Problem with Good People
“On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” – Matthew 7:21-23 There […]
Dr Elmer Martens’ conclusion on Paul’s view of the Law in his essay, Embracing The Law: A Biblical Theological Perspective “Paul is fighting on two fronts: against those antinomians who hold that Christ’s coming abrogates law, and against super nationalists who maintain Jewish exclusivism on the basis of the law. So Paul can be heard […]
Galatians: Gospel Bombs
Christ Covenant Church is in the midst of a study of the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul’s first epistle. Galatians is a polemic on New Covenant Justification and the gospel bombs series deals with Galatians chapter 1 through chapter 2, verse 10 answering questions such as: How does the Bible define “grace” and “peace”? […]
The Gospel Explained in Eight Truths
The Gospel is the good news of abundant life in Jesus Christ if we submit to Him as Lord before Savior in the relationship of covenant through His Church. 1. All People All people need God the Father’s abundant blessings of forgiveness and righteousness, earthly provision and purpose, eternal salvation and life. (Romans 3:10-12, 23; […]
Sound Gospel: Abundant Life in Jesus Who Saves
Humanity loves her heroes. We write about them, sing songs about them, and even fantasize about being them. And that because, at our deepest sociological level, we all realize we need them. This means also that we realize there are problems in this world which are bigger than our abilities or resources. And such is […]
The Fall: Our tragic beginning, but not our end.
As discussed in the previous lesson, the Creation account found in the first chapters of Genesis provides us with not only the answer to how everything that exists came into being, but also why. It was all created to serve as the striking motif of and motivation for what would prove to be every human […]
Sound Gospel: The Problem of Our Sin
This is the second article in our Sound Gospel Series. You can read the first article entitled, “The Goal of God” here. Why do bad things happen? That is the question to which all people desire an answer since it is those bad things which get in the way of the abundant life we seek. […]
Sound Gospel: The Goal of God
Indeed man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. -St. Augustine All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended […]
The pure grace of the gospel . . .
Richard Lusk writes: The pure grace of the gospel is not threatened by a call to obedience. Indeed, the gospel, properly preached, understood, and embraced, demands and promises obedience, In the Scriptures, heralds of the gospel essentially interchange faith and repentance as appropriate responses to the message (cf. Acts 2:38; 16:34). In other place, Scripture […]
“Life Reformed” means that the Gospel starts with life
The term “life reformed” describes Christ Covenant Church. The reason this term is so important is because the Gospel itself begins with a presentation of Life. Listen and watch as Pastor Scott discusses how the designation being “life reformed” will make our presentations of the Gospel more biblical, more hopeful and more complete:
What is the true Gospel?
The message of the Gospel is the good news of abundant life in Jesus Christ if we submit to Him as Lord before Savior in the relationship of covenant. Fallen and depraved men who deserve only death can have Life through Jesus Christ. He said, “I came that they may have life and have […]
5 reasons why we must take time to be sure that we possess the sound Gospel
Do you know the true Gospel? Do you completely understand how to communicate that Gospel in a way that your friends and family can understand? Are you able to effectively support the Gospel from Scripture? Do you ever wonder if the Gospel that you have shared truly represents the “faith that was once for all […]