why we've grouped some questions around Bible Concepts?
There are fundamental Bible concepts that are critical for those interested in understanding God’s will for them need to understand.
The question about Priscilla teaching Apollos seems to get raised when dealing with women’s roles in the church. As more and more Christians are influenced by social and cultural trends, the idea that women might be subjugated or limited in [more]Categories: Bible ConceptsTags: authority, egalitarianism
One of the oft debated questions about the remnant of Israel described in God’s word is how many it will include. There are different ideas, but one of the most prominent beliefs about the number in [more]Categories: Bible Concepts, EschatologyTags: end times, kingdom, prophecy, prophets
The Kingdom of God is Within You, Leo Tolstoy
Understanding the kingdom of God is fundamental to understanding much of God’s revealed word. How and what one understands the kingdom of [more]Categories: Bible Concepts, Premillennialism, PreterismTags: AD70, church, definitions, egalitarianism, end times, God, government, heaven, Jesus, judgment, kingdom, premillennialism, prophecy, salvation
Much is debated today about if miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit still exist. Sometimes blended with the “power of the Holy Spirit” in Scripture, the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit topic could be divided into two camps – [more]Categories: Bible Concepts, Holy SpiritTags: apostles, Holy Spirit, miracles, spiritual gifts
The office of elder in the first century church was an important one. As such, Scripture includes specific qualifications for a church elder. To be clear, we should note that Scripture uses several words to refer to “elder” including bishop, [more]Categories: Bible ConceptsTags: authority, church, egalitarianism, Greek words, worship
How we interpret Bible prophecy presents a unique challenge, at least to the extent that the question should be asked…Is Bible prophecy even something we can interpret?
interpret (verb): 1-to explain or tell the meaning of : present in [more]Categories: Eschatology, Preterism, ProphetsTags: AD70, antichrist, authority, prophecy, prophets, special revelation, theology, Word of God
Some maintain that Jude quotes from the apocryphal book of Enoch. Often, this is put forward as a statement of fact in order to move forward to the much “larger” discussions regarding the meaning of extra-Biblical quotes, their place in [more]Categories: Authority, Bible ConceptsTags: false teachers, Greek words, judgment, Old Testament, prophecy, prophets, Scripture, special revelation
A literal one thousand year reign of Jesus on His throne. There are many that believe Jesus’ return is for just that – a literal one thousand year reign (millennium) on earth. It is widely taught and even passed down [more]Categories: Bible Concepts, Christian Theology, Eschatology, Jesus the Son, PremillennialismTags: antichrist, doctrine, end times, false teaching, Jesus, judgment, kingdom, premillennialism, prophecy, Scripture weighting
Hearing the gospel is certainly one way for an individual to come to know about God’s will. When somebody hears the “good news” they learn about Jesus, His mission on earth and God’s plan for mankind’s [more]Categories: Christian Living, SalvationTags: authority, Bible, calling on the Lord, gospel, miracles, prayer, salvation, Scripture, special revelation, Word of God
“It’s a miracle!” That’s an exclamation we hear often and have probably uttered ourselves. It might be used to describe passing a test you didn’t study for or to sum up a great, come-from-behind victory. For example, the great Olympic [more]Categories: Authority, Bible Concepts, Catholicism, Holy Spirit, Jesus the SonTags: apostles, authority, Holy Spirit, miracles, prophets, spiritual gifts
Must an apostle see Jesus? This question gets raised when attempting to justify the appointment of apostles today. The word “apostle” in the Greek (apóstolos) literally means “one who is sent” or “to send off” or [more]Categories: Bible Concepts, Jesus the SonTags: apostles, Greek words, miracles, special revelation
It is such an important question. Can we lose our salvation? Or said another way: Can God’s grace be rejected? Can someone actually squander, neglect, or even return, as it were, their free gift from God?
There is a prevailing thought [more]Categories: Obedience, Reformed/Calvinism, SalvationTags: faith, false teachers, false teaching, grace, salvation, TULIP
Whether or not the Bible is the complete revelation of God has profound implications on Christianity today. If the Bible isn’t the complete revelation of God, then the door remains open to “other” revelation.
“Other” could be other scriptural authority [more]Categories: Authority, God the Father, Holy SpiritTags: authority, Bible, doctrine, false teaching, gospel, Holy Spirit, inspired, miracles, prophets, special revelation, spiritual gifts, truth, Word of God
At the intersection of religion and politics is influence. Specifically, can the righteous influence unrighteous leaders? Of course, there are all kinds of religious interest groups attempting to influence policy one way or the other. But what about individual influence?
At [more]Categories: Christian LivingTags: government, judgment, providence, righteousness
Christ’s church goes by many, many different names in this day and time. The signs in front of Christian churches testify to the countless denominations that exist as well as thousands of independent or non-denominational groups. Christ’s church may indeed [more]Categories: Bible Concepts, Jesus the Son, WorshipTags: authority, church, worship
Nero of Rome
Unrighteous political leaders can hold sway on many things that Christians must endure. It could be policy decisions, wars that are fought or just general injustice and corruption. [more]Categories: Bible ConceptsTags: God's character, government, providence, righteousness, truth
How worship to God happens and what it actually looks like varies around the world. In fact, others’ offering of worship to God in your own community may look completely different from how you worship.
Of course, there are differences [more]Categories: God the Father, WorshipTags: authority, calling on the Lord, definitions, egalitarianism, Holy Spirit, worship
It may seem like an odd or obvious question, but it’s definitely worth asking. Christian’s should be mindful of who we worship when coming together. More and more evidence in the Evangelical and Christian world today would suggest the [more]Categories: God the Father, The Godhead, WorshipTags: authority, doctrine, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, worship
Are Christians supposed to gather on a specific day when we worship collectively?
Justin Martyr was born in 100 and was a second-century apologist. Through his writings and the centuries of Christian practice, tradition certainly has [more]Categories: God the Father, WorshipTags: authority, worship
Scripture weighting is not a term you will find in Scripture. However, it’s a practice you may recognize when coming to conclusions about Scripture. Fundamentally, it’s the practice of ignoring Scripture. That might sound egregious — but it’s fairly [more]Categories: Bible Concepts, Christian TheologyTags: authority, Bible, definitions, doctrine, false teaching, God's character, Scripture, theology, Word of God
Do you pray to Jesus or God? Have you ever thought about the mechanics of your prayers? Maybe you haven’t or you think it doesn’t really matter. To be sure, many Christians today pray to Jesus…and God the Father…and even [more]Categories: Christian LivingTags: God, Jesus, prayer, sinners prayer
Many today claim to be God’s prophet. In fact, there is a wide belief in what is referred to as the prophetic ministry. Statements like “The most urgent need of the modern church is for [more]Categories: ProphetsTags: apostles, authority, false teachers, inspired, Old Testament, prophecy, prophets, Scripture, special revelation, Word of God
Where we worship God has often been debated through the years. Some hold to the idea that worship must occur in a cathedral — an often ornate structure dedicated to the worship of God. Others don’t take much stock [more]Categories: Authority, God the Father, Holy Spirit, WorshipTags: calling on the Lord, Holy Spirit, Word of God, worship
The Journal of Joseph [Smith] It seems that there have always been “prophets” of one sort or another. [more]Categories: ProphetsTags: definitions, false teachers, heart, inspired, miracles, obey, Old Testament, prophets, Word of God
The children of Israel were surrounded by prophets that claimed to be speaking for God but they were actually false prophets. In fact, by most accounts in the Old Testament, most “prophets” were false prophets and there were two [more]Categories: Authority, ProphetsTags: Bible, false teachers, Old Testament, prophets, Word of God