• Baptism "for the forgiveness of sins" is a statement Peter makes in his sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38 ). The preposition "for" comes from the Greek word "eis" which is defined by Strong's to mean, "to or into (indicating the point reached or entered, of place, time, fig. purpose, result)." There are [more]

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  • God's plan for a savior is fundamental to His plan of salvation. Messiah, or "lit. 'the anointed one,' is a saviour or liberator of a group of people". We can read about the life of this Messiah, Jesus Christ, in the four Gospels. However, looking at God's plan for a savior is another dimension all [more]

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  • The idea that we will be judged according to works is a remarkably contentious one. It would seem that the thought of being "judged according to works" requires that God's grace must be denied. In other words, to say that we are judged according to works is to say that our salvation is "works-based" (instead [more]

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  • What Christian's believe and how they have come to understand what the Bible teaches isn't always shaped purely by scripture. The Ancient Greek influence of Gnosticism has had a profound and enduring effect on Christian thought. Indeed, that may be the case in needing to ask the question, "For whom did Christ die?" This question [more]

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  • God's irresistible grace, also referred to as the 'effectual call' in the Westminster Confession of Faith. It is probably better known as "irresistible grace" as it represents the "I" in "TULIP" - a broader collection of doctrines ascribed to John Calvin (even though he existed long before the acronym). This doctrine of irresistible grace [more]

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  • The seal of God or 'God's seal' is a term that comes up enough in Scripture to take note. In fact, based on much of the published material about God's seal, there is too often only one instance that seems to be taken as the primary or default passage. Unfortunately, forming an opinion (or worse, [more]

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  • Jesus' mission is something that can be confused with His actions. What Jesus came to this world to do (Jesus' mission) and what he did (Jesus' activities) are not necessarily the same thing. For example, one of the things He did was feed the hungry. But was that Jesus' mission on earth? He also [more]

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  • 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 about this question among the Christian community. For example, a popular answer to [more]

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  • If the message of God's word is mankind's redemption and salvation, shouldn't it include information about what saves you? This is a really BIG question with an eternally-weighted answer. Unfortunately, we can find lot's of different answers out there among different church leaders and religious "experts". When it comes to what saves you [more]

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  • Does the Bible have anything to say about an individual's age of accountability to God? Does a person reach a point in their lifetime when they are responsible for their sin and require reconciliation to God? Some might say, "No." In fact, this answer was given to a similar question on another website "The Bible [more]

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  • We've looked in another question about what baptism is, but what is the purpose of baptism? There are many in the religious world today that would say, "it's an outward showing of an inward commitment." In fact, an almost identical statement is made by Crosswalk.com where they say, "Baptism is an outward act [more]

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  • Baptism has something to do with water right? Some believe it's just getting wet ("sprinkling") while other Christians insist one isn't baptized unless the individual is completely submersed in water. In fact, Dictionary.com defines it as, "a ceremonial immersion in water, or application of water, as an initiatory rite or sacrament of the [more]

    Categories: Religious Doctrine, SalvationTags: , , , , Last Updated: October 2nd, 2021
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  • The sinner's prayer is something frequently referred to by preachers today. In fact, at the close of every sermon from Joel Osteen he asks those that are not saved or have fallen away to pray with him. The prayer is asking Jesus to "come into their lives." He might also ask them to [more]

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  • The act of baptism is well recorded in Scripture. Not only was it a tradition among the Hebrew people for centuries, but it is what at least one Bible character was know by (John the Baptist) and it was something that Jesus the Messiah did himself. (Matthew 3:13-17 ) Some other questions about [more]

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  • Invitations to 'call on the name of the Lord' are often extended by preachers and especially, it seems, by tele-evangelists. This may be at the end of their sermon when they invite the audience to recite a prayer, often referred to as the "Sinner's Prayer". Sadly, and all too often, the only passage that religious [more]

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