- Once Saved, Are We Always Saved?
- Who Am I? According to God
- Understanding Grace
- BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS: How to study and interpret the Bible
- What is the Trinity? From where did this doctrine originate?
- “Whosoever Lives and Believes in Me Shall Never Die. Do you believe this?” – A John 11 Testimony
- I Prayed To Receive Jesus. What Now?
- SALVATION – What is required to have eternal life?
ONCE SAVED, ARE WE ALWAYS SAVED? —If we are Saved by Grace, do our works keep us saved?
“I have a question about the doctrine of ‘Once Saved Always Saved.’ Several of my friends believe in this teaching, but I have a hard time believing that a person who gets saved and willfully continues to practice sin is still saved. Do you think that it is possible for a person like this to lose his salvation if he continues in a pattern of sin?”
WHO AM I? …ACCORDING TO GOD
Your behavior is motivated by what you believe. Once you embrace your true identity in Christ by trusting what Jesus did for you and who God says you are your behavior will begin to reflect your new identity. The following list is taken from “Living Free in Christ” by Neil Anderson. *
I AM ACCEPTED…Read more
UNDERSTANDING GRACE—What is it all about?
What is grace? We read, discuss, and even sing about it; but do we truly comprehend and apply it in our lives? Hebrews 12:15 states that one can come “short of the grace of God,” and the result of “coming short” leads to a “root of bitterness” in the heart. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we truly understand the depth of God’s grace and learn how to implement it in our lives.
Strong’s Concordance describes the Greek word for “grace” (charis) as: “the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life.” 1. When writing about his “thorn in the flesh”, the apostle Paul illustrated God’s grace by relating the following experience:Read more
1. Basic Principles
- The Bible is a divine in origin, and because of our limited human ability to understand spiritual concepts, prayer is an absolute necessity as we study the Bible. Ask God to open your mind to understand His word (Luke 24:45).
- The Bible is also a human book and, to a degree, must be interpreted like any book.
WHAT IS THE TRINITY? From Where Did This Doctrine Originate?
The Trinity Doctrine is the belief that the three Divine Persons mentioned in the Bible — the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit— are one God. They are distinct in their Personhoods, yet they maintain unity of substance as the one true God. The best definition of the Trinity can be found in the Athanasian Creed that was codified by the Church in the fourth century.
THE CREED OF ATHANASIUS (Excerpts):
“…we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost is all One, the Glory Equal, the Majesty Co-Eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father Uncreate, the Son Uncreate, and the Holy Ghost Uncreate. …The Father Eternal, the Son Eternal, and the Holy Ghost Eternal and yet they are not Three Eternals but One Eternal. As also there are not Three Uncreated, nor Three Incomprehensibles, but One Uncreated, and One Uncomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not Three Almighties but One Almighty.Read more
John 11 "Whosoever Lives and Believes in Me Shall Never Die. Do you believe this?"
Last month while reading the story of Lazarus from John 11, I gained some insights on unanswered prayers and shared them in a post on our Colo Spgs and Worldwide Ex-Jehovah's Witness Internet Meetup Message Board. A discussion ensued but one of our members ended up giving us such an encouraging testimony within that thread I just had to share it here! This is what she wrote:
Actually, the story of Lazarus has a lot of meaning for me personally.
When I was in the Jehovah's Witness organization, I was out in the ministry one day and the woman I was with used Jn 11:25 & 26 with a person we were calling on. She got to the part where Jesus said, "Do you believe this?" And asked the person, do you believe this? It was kind of lost on the householder but the words kept going round in my mind.Read more
I PRAYED TO RECEIVE JESUS. WHAT NOW? — Should I Join a Church? How Do I Know God’s Will and Avoid Satan’s Deceptions?
“I said the sample prayer on your website to accept Jesus into my heart and now I am wondering what am I suppose to do? Does it matter which Christian church I attend (Methodist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, etc.)? Does it matter if I choose not to attend any and simply read and study the Bible and pray daily without attending any Sunday services? How do I know if answers to my prayers are coming from God or Satan? Can Satan imitate feelings of peace? I did not feel any different after saying the suggested sample prayer on your website. I have received answers to prayers where I have heard an exact answer and then felt a feeling of peace and knew the answer I received. For example, one time I was trying to decide if I should stay where I was living at or move and I just felt very unsettled about the whole thing. I prayed for days about it and after a few days I heard the words in my mind ‘you should stay,’ and then I felt peace and it was not even a question about whether or not I should stay or leave — I was staying. So, I do believe in the power of prayer and I do believe in God and in his Son Jesus Christ. I believe Christ atoned for our sins and I believe God loves us very much. That much I do know. Everything else I am just really confused about.”
SALVATION - What is required to have eternal life?
Why live any longer in the uncertainty of whether you will be acceptable to God when you die? The Gospel (Good News) message of Jesus Christ is simple because God LOVES you and He has provided to way for you to spend eternity with Him! But before you can be clean to enter into God's holy presence, you must have your sins (impure attitudes, actions and thoughts) dealt with. If you want to be "saved" from the penalty of your sins (unrighteous deeds) so that you can live forever with God, follow these five steps to REPENT of your sins and receive the FORGIVENESS that Christ offers when you make Him the Lord of your life. Remember that your prayer of repentance is only the beginning of a NEW LIFE where you die to your sinful desires and rise in the life-transforming power of His Holy Spirit.
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