In 2016, citing a turbulent election cycle and a dramatic exponential increase in usage, the Oxford Dictionary chose "post-truth" as the word of the year. They defined it as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief" (Oxford Dictionary, 2016). … Continue reading What Is Truth?
The last thing the Apostle Peter wrote, that we have a record of, is "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen" (2 Peter 3:18). I think we would all agree that Christians should be seeking … Continue reading Spiritual Growth
In John 3:1-21, we read of a Pharisee named Nicodemus who came to Jesus by night. Unlike some of the other Pharisees and Jews, Nicodemus did not outright reject Jesus. He saw the signs Jesus performed and concluded rightly that Jesus had come from God (John 3:2). However, Nicodemus did not see Jesus as anything … Continue reading You Must Be Born Again
When I sit down with someone to have a Bible study, most of the time, I will either draw or bring with me a printout of a box. Above the box, I have the Scripture 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Which reads, "All Scriptures is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for … Continue reading Establishing Biblical Authority
In Galatians 5:22-23, we read of the fruit of the Spirit. Those qualities and character traits that every Christian should be seeking to grow in. While not all-encompassing, this section of Scripture presents a good portrait of what godliness looks like. While we could and should spend a lot of time on each of … Continue reading What Is Faithfulness?
One of the many descriptors that God uses for His people is strangers and pilgrims. We read in Hebrews 11:13 about Noah, Abraham, and Sarah, that "[They] confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (KJV). The word stranger in the text carries the idea of someone who lives in a place without … Continue reading Strangers and Pilgrims
One of the most fundamental teachings of the Bible is the bodily resurrection from the dead at the return of Christ. It seemed fitting since we have recently discussed Christ's second coming that we should turn now turn to the resurrection of the dead. So, what does the Bible teach concerning this topic? Christ Is … Continue reading Raised Imperishable
The Lord’s second coming is a prominent theme throughout the New Testament. It was and should still be the hope that all Christians looked to for strength and encouragement. However, today it is either largely not talked about or individuals are so confused on the matter they cannot speak or teach truthfully on it (e.g., … Continue reading The Second Coming of Jesus
Paul said in Philippians 2:3, “do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.” While love is not specifically mentioned here, it is easy to see that this is what Paul is talking about. Love is the very essence of the Christian life and … Continue reading More Important Than Yourself
Many professing Christians say that baptism has nothing to do with your salvation. They will argue that it is a work and works do not save. If we are talking about meritorious works (things we do to earn something) then I agree, we are not saved by those kinds of works. However, baptism is … Continue reading What God Does in Baptism