For audio only click . 2. DEBATING 2.1.Wikipedia definition: “debate is contention in argument; Free dictionary definition: “debate is to engage in argument by discussing opposing points.” 2.2. Debating/arguing is absolute necessary to both discovering and defending the truth in a sinful world (Acts 15:1-2, 3-22: notice this is IN the church!; Jude 1:3; Luke […]
Criteria for a Biblically-defined Church from Acts 11
The New Testament makes it clear that for one to be considered a Christian, that person must be recognized by a biblical church because there is no salvation outside of the Body (John 15:1-11; Colossians 1:24; 1 John 2:18-20) and because it is the church who holds the keys to the kingdom (Matthew 16:18-20; 18:18-20). […]
23 Bible passages which teach the loss of . . . something . . .
The vast majority of Evangelical and Reformed theologians accept the doctrine which teaches that no man who has been sovereignly elected to salvation will be lost (John 6:39, 10:25-29, 17:12-15) as this doctrine is well-supported in Scripture. However, if not understood with biblical precision, this idea creates apparent inconsistencies with a large number of […]
Why not just baptize yourself?
Today there exists a large number of people who hold that one’s faith should be considered valid simply because they themselves say it is valid. In modern Christianity, it is quite common to hear statements such as “my faith is between God and me,” “I don’t need the church,” “I just follow Christ,” “I can […]
Jude: A Passionate Appeal to “Every Member Warfare”
Backstory: Author: Jude, the half-brother of Jesus. He was a later convert to Christianity. Audience: All who are truly saved. Date: Probably late AD 68, after the writing of 2 Peter and Revelation, making it the last book written in the New Testament. Theme: True spiritual warfare is contending for the truths found in […]
Justification Rediscovered Affirmations
As a catalyst for expediting the material Christ Covenant Church’s study of justification and as a hermeneutical and theological control for future discussions and criticisms, we assume the following ten statements to be well supported in the biblical text:
Is the doctrine of Justification settled theology? There have been battles over justification since the beginning of the church and those debates will no doubt continue. To make things worse, the debates tend to focus the theories of justification that have been advanced by great men of the faith rather than on the actual biblical […]
The Church as God’s foundational institution P. 2
Though the Scripture is clear that the church is God’s foundational institution, there are still many who insist on believing that this role was given to the family. While it is not my intention to “sling mud” at those who make such claims, the following is important to consider with an objective mind and an […]
Sound Bite: 3/16/2012
On faith, faithfulness and justification:
The Church as God’s foundational institution P.1
The spiritual and moral fabric of our world is disintegrating. As a result, Christians are looking for solutions and one solution subscribed to by many Christians is to attempt to heal our world by restoring the integrity of the family and its role in society. With the divorce rate among Christians as high as it is among […]
Christ Covenant Church is Life Reformed
CCC members get this question a lot: what kind of church do you attend? In this video, Pastor Scott explains that CCC (formerly Denver Sound Church) is a reformed church, but there is at least one key area where we differ slightly from the major reformed creeds. This difference is what makes us “Life Reformed.” […]
Every Gospel must be examined
In popular, evangelical Christianity, nearly everyone who names the name of Christ seems to get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the Gospel. Yet, Scripture is clear that the greatest threats to the true Gospel will come from inside the Church. There will be some who profess to know God, but they […]
Does the Roman Catholic Church teach the true gospel?
The Gospel Coalition has been around for some time and we often read their publications. Recently, the group published an article entitled, “Dating across the Protestant/Catholic divide” where Chris Castaldo writes about the difficulties faced by marital unions between protestants and Catholics. Castaldo mostly discourages such unions and for that we commend him. The problem with […]