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Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

In Truth in a Culture of Doubt, Andreas Köstenberger, Darrell Bock, and Josh Chatraw provide a concise explanation of the interaction between evil, the wickedness of sin, the cause human suffering, the holiness of God, and how God is good to us when we don’t deserve it.

“According to the Bible, people hurting others for no legitimate reason is evil, but this is only part of what makes evil so intolerable. According to the Bible, evil is evil because it offends a holy and righteous God. The magnitude of this offense is difficult for humans to imagine, especially in this day and age when personal accountability is in increasingly short supply. We don’t like anyone telling us what to do.  But the Bible teaches that, in a general sense, all suffering is rooted in cosmic rebellion against a God who tried to tell us what to do. How dare he? Due to this rebellion the good and perfect world God created descended in a downward spiral. Because we all, not only corporately but also individually, are part of this rebellion, we approach the question of God and his role in human suffering with the notion that we … Keep Reading

What We Believe: Prayer

What one believes drives what they do—that is an unavoidable fact of life.  We may not even be aware of all the beliefs that we have, but behind each of our actions there is a motivating belief.  This post is part of a series featuring foundational truths that Christians believe so that we can have those truths in the driver seat of our lives.  To that end, this resource features sections describing What We Believe—each with a corresponding description of What We Do. The topic for this issue is prayer and it is also available as a free digital booklet (PDF).

We Believe: Prayer is Necessary, Commanded, and a Privilege

Definition

You might be so familiar with saying the word that you don’t know exactly what you mean by “prayer.” So, really, what is prayer? “Prayer is personal communication with God. This definition is very broad. What we call ‘prayer’ includes prayers of request for ourselves or for others (sometimes called prayers of petition or intercession), confession of sin, adoration, and praise and thanksgiving.”[1]

Prayer is Necessary

God communicates with man through the Bible and the indwelling Holy Spirit. However, our relationship with God is not Keep Reading

“What Are You Made Of?” What it Means to be Human.

Before stating what it means to be human, it should be noted by whom we are made. God made us. “God rules the world because he made the world. Like a potter with his clay, God fashioned the world into just the shape he wished, with all its amazing details. He made it, and he owns it.”[1]

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 ESV)

God made us to know Him, to love Him and to be known and loved by Him. All people are sons and daughters of Adam and Eve; we are made by God.

“then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” (Genesis 2:7 ESV)

The question that this post seeks to answer is not how did God make man? or for what purpose did God make man? Instead the question pursued here is what is a human made of—what is our essence?

The Essence of Man is Two Distinct Elements: Body (Material)

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What We Believe: The Gospel

What one believes drives what they do—that is an unavoidable fact of life.  We may not even be aware of all the beliefs that we have, but behind each of our actions there is a motivating belief.  This post is part of a series featuring foundational truths that Christians believe so that we can have those truths in the driver seat of our lives.  To that end, this resource features sections describing What We Believe—each with a corresponding description of What We Do. The topic for this issue is the gospel and it is available as a free digital booklet (PDF).… Keep Reading

Start Strong: A Guide for New and Growing Believers Who Desire to Learn to Follow Christ

You can work through this free digital booklet (PDF) with someone to share the gospel, confirm understanding of the gospel, convey the basics of living as a Christian who follows Jesus, and begin to equip them to make disciples.

Who is God and does He even exist? What is the Bible and why should I believe it? What about the world: is it an accident of time and chance or was it created with a goal? Finally, who am I and do I have a purpose in life?

These questions are important for everyone to ask, but they are crucial for those people who are called Christians. If you are reading these words, then you are at least interested in Christianity. The goal of this resource is to help you find answers to the questions above and, more importantly, to show you how to live in response. This process of learning and living is called discipleship and Jesus called people to be and make disciples. Another word that is used for disciple is follower: in this case, a follower of Jesus Christ.

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What We Believe: The Bible

What one believes drives what they do—that is an unavoidable fact of life.  We may not even be aware of all the beliefs that we have, but behind each of our actions there is a motivating belief.  This post is part of a series featuring foundational truths that Christians believe so that we can have those truths in the driver seat of our lives.  To that end, this post will have sections describing What We Believe—each with a corresponding description of What We Do. This is also available as a free digital booklet (PDF).… Keep Reading

Instruction from the Book of Acts for Sharing the Gospel

In the book of Acts, we find a treasure of information concerning the foundation and operation of Christ’s Church. As recipients of this revealed Word, we do not only receive historical facts, but we also receive a model for ecclesiology, fellowship, and, among other things, strategy for evangelism.  Given the broad range of audiences that hear an evangelistic message from the early Church, we would expect to see a diversity in approaches and strategies—and that is exactly what we find.  With that said, we (maybe predictably) find this in common for every attempt at evangelism in Acts: the top priority is always to proclaim Christ as savior (Acts 4:12 and Acts 17:2-3).

1. Sharing the Gospel with Those Who Have a Biblical Foundation

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How Should We Define the “Gospel” when Sharing our Faith?

Some might see this title and say that it doesn’t matter how you define the gospel so long as the person sharing the gospel encourages the hearer to “believe Jesus.” That claim has a good motive; it expresses a desire to not over-think the conversation or burden it with many words. It is possible to over-complicate an explanation of the gospel and do harm. But a claim that “believe Jesus” expresses the essentials of saving faith is also dysfunctional. We can do harm by over-simplifying the gospel message to the point that it is no longer the gospel at all. Defining what constitutes the gospel message is a faithful task that honors God and demonstrates love for our neighbor. What is necessary to understand the gospel? What are the essentials of saving faith?… Keep Reading

The Bible: A Book of Books by One Divine Author

“The Bible is a diverse collection of different writings.  It contains sixty-six books written by about forty human authors over nearly 2,000 years.  It has two main sections (Old Testament and New Testament) written in two main languages (Hebrew and Greek, respectively), and includes a mixture of types of literature.  Although the Bible contains a great variety of material, written by many human authors over a long period of time, it holds together as a unity.  Fundamentally, it is just one book written by one author with one main subject.  …  Christians should have no qualms about accepting that the Bible was written by people.  Its books were written by a variety of authors at different times in history and bear the marks of the personalities and eras that produced them.  But God ensured by his Spirit that everything they wrote was exactly what he wanted them to write. … It is God’s Word: he is the ultimate author. The Bible obviously covers a great deal of ground.  But there is one supreme subject that binds it all together: Jesus Christ and the salvation God offers through him.  That is true not just of the New Testament but of the … Keep Reading

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