Three BIG truths about salvation found in three LITTLE verses

(1Pe 1:1-3) That God’s mercy is great toward us is proven by the fact that He designed a backup plan to save us if messed up the original plan. 1.1. (1-2a) = According to Peter, God’s plan to save people like us (to “elect” “exiles” like us – people previously w/o God’s mercy – i.e. […]

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A Review Of The Sound Gospel Message

A Review of the Sound Gospel Message 1. The good news of abundant life in Jesus Christ John 10:10b Deuteronomy 8:2 Romans 8:28 2. If we submit to Him as Lord before Savior Deuteronomy 7:9-10 Deuteronomy 28:1-2 Matthew 7:21-23 Matthew 7:24-27 Matthew 16:24-27 3. In the relationship of covenant through His church. Deuteronomy 4:13 Exodus […]

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Following Christ – Part 4

Following Christ requires that you daily submit every single area of your life (your mind or heart, your decisions and desires, your worries and cares, your past, present and future) to His Lordship (His Word, will and way) and justice (His penalty for sin), so that it will count for His Kingdom (Mat 16:21-24; Luk […]

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Following Christ – Part 2

As discussed (in Part 1), following Christ requires that you daily submit every single area of your life (your mind or heart, your decisions and desires, your worries and cares, your past, present and future) to His Lordship (His Word, will and way) and justice (His penalty for sin), so that it will count for […]

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Following Christ

Following Christ requires that you daily submit every single area of your life (your mind or heart, your decisions and desires, your worries and cares, your past, present and future) to His Lordship (His Word, will and way) and the justice He requires for your sin, so that it will count for His Kingdom (Mat […]

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All In vs Not In At All

There are three principles Jesus establishes in these verses that must DEFINE your life to be ALL IN for God: You view everything in this world according to its value as an eternal investment (something earning heavenly reward) versus its value as a commodity (something for present enjoyment only) (19-21). The questions (then) I need […]

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Welcomed By God

I would assume that if you were to take a poll, most Americans (Christian or not) would tell you that if there is a God, then all people are welcome to Him (IOW: He loves everybody). And for the ones claiming to be Christian, the Scripture they would appeal to as their support wb (Joh […]

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Gospel Money

(Luk 16:1-13) The plot advanced by the parable: a manager who uses his master’s wealth to not only grow his master’s business, but also secure his own future. The main players and who/what they represent: The master or “rich man” = God, the “manager” = the church, the master’s wealth = the additional money God […]

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The Gospel According to God – Part 2

Gospel = God’s good news plan of salvation (forgiveness of sins, right standing w/God, temporal and eternal blessings of God). According to Paul’s words in (Gal 1:6-9), there is only one gospel that truly saves (or will get you to heaven). And that gospel is not according to men or angels, but God. As such, […]

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The Gospel According to God – Part 1

Gospel = God’s good news plan of salvation (forgiveness of sins, right standing w/God, temporal and eternal blessings of God). According to Paul’s words in (Gal 1:6-9), there is only one gospel that truly saves (or will get you to heaven). And that gospel is not according to men or angels, but God. As such, […]

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The CCC Gospel: God’s Plan of Salvation

The Gospel: God’s Plan Of Salvation   1. Why is it important that we examine the gospel we possess? (Gal 1:8-9) Three Reasons:   1.1. There is only one true gospel (i.e. one that saves) (6-7a).   1.2. False gospels and teachers do exist (7b).   1.3. If we believe/embrace a false gospel – we […]

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The New Perspective on Paul Versus Evangelical Christianity

Understanding the New Perspective on Paul Versus Evangelicals 1. The New Perspective on Paul (in general) is what the Bible teaches. – The term was coined by James D. G. Dunn in relation to the teaching of E. P. Sanders (most especially in relation to his writing in 1977, Paul and Palestinian Judaism). – Main […]

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The Difference Between a Weak Christian and a False Christian

1. The Difference Between a Weak Christian and a False Christian The following and the essential elements for both becoming and continuing to be a Christian: 1.1. Submission to Christ as Lord before Savior. (Jud 1:5; 2Co10 w/ Heb 13:8; Mat 8:5-10) 1.2. Agreement to Christ’s marriage covenant. (Christ only saves through covenant) 1.2.1. All […]

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Dark Brewed: Hebrews – Part 7

(Heb 12:1-17) Like a good dark brew (of either coffee or beer), this portion of the book of Hebrews delivers the kind of “kick in the pants” that is always appreciated when the pressures and temptations of this life have got us feeling like compromise is the only option. This was the situation of Jewish […]

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2 Peter – Part 6: Remember the Gospel!

Theme: REMEMBER THE GOSPEL! 2nd Peter represents the Apostle Peter’s 2nd epistle. Written shortly after the first, the distinguishing mark of this letter is not only its focus on the gospel, but its efficient and effective presentation. In this respect, Peter does two things. First, he reminds us of what the (true) gospel teaches (1:1-15), […]

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2 Peter Abstract – Part 2: Remember the Gospel!

Theme: REMEMBER THE GOSPEL! 2nd Peter represents the Apostle Peter’s 2nd epistle. Written shortly after the first, the distinguishing mark of this letter is not only its focus on the gospel, but its efficient and effective presentation. In this respect, Peter does two things. First, he reminds us of what the (true) gospel teaches (1:1-5), […]

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2 Peter Abstract – Part 1: Remember the Gospel!

2nd Peter represents the Apostle Peter’s 2nd epistle. Written shortly after the first, the distinguishing mark of this letter is not only its focus on the saving gospel, but its efficient and effective presentation. In this respect, Peter does two things. First, he reminds us of what the saving gospel teaches (1:1-5), then he provides […]

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Every Christian Is A Missionary – Part 1

“No one can say: ‘Since I’m not called to be a missionary, I do not have to evangelize my friends and neighbors.’ There is no difference, in spiritual terms, between a missionary witnessing in his home town and a missionary witnessing in Katmandu, Nepal. We are all called to go—even if it is only to […]

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