Does it Matter What We Believe?

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 Paul’s point in this passage is that we must be careful what we listen to and that we must believe only that which is true. Brethren sometimes wonder if it matters what we believe on certain doctrinal issues, since these would simply be matters of belief and not practice. Salvation is […]

For The Truth

Text: 2 Corinthians 13:8 What can we do that would benefit or support the truth? Learn the truth (1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 2:15) Believe the truth (Hebrews 11:1;  Timothy 1:12) Practice the truth (James 2:26; 1 Peter 1:22) Teach the truth (1 Peter 3:15) Defend the truth (Philippians 1:16-17; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5) Encourage the […]

Doctrinal Correctness

Text: Acts 20:27 Is It Important What We Believe? NT teaches the importance of faith (Hebrews 11:6) Faith comes from the word of God (Romans 10:17) God revealed what He wants us to know (1 Corinthians 2:10-13) God’s word is true (John 17:17) — we must believe it (all of it) Should We Preach/Teach on […]

Who Will Go To Heaven?

Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 Judgment Belongs to the Lord He will judge perfectly (Psalm 19:9) He will judge righteously (Psalm 19:9) He will judge fairly (Acts 10:34-35) He will judge according to His divine standard (John 12:48) Not All Will Be Saved (Matthew 7:13-14) Who Will Be Lost? Those who do not know God (2 […]

Taking Stock

Where Have We Been? Born innocent, without sin (Ecclesiastes 7:29) All who have reached an accountable age have sinned (Romans 3:23) Sin separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2; Ephesians 2:1-3) Without direction (Jeremiah 10:23) Where Are We Now? Those who have not had their sins forgiven are still in the condition described above Christians have […]

Uncertainty of Salvation

Text: John 8 God Doing His Part is Certain Jesus did the Father’s will (v. 28-29,55) Certain knowledge of His purpose/mission (v. 14) He would complete His mission (v. 21) Man Doing His Part is Uncertain – we must remove hindrances and meet the conditions Hindrances to Salvation Misunderstanding the truth (v. 22,25,27,43,48,52) Ignoring reality […]

Quibbles about Baptism

Misused Passages: Mark 16:16 – baptism not in second clause (but if one does not believe, they naturally will not obey) Luke 23:39-43 – the thief on the cross was saved without baptism (also before Jesus’ death, we live under a different law – Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 9:17) Acts 2:38 – we are baptized for […]