Catechism


With what attitude should we pray?

    With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.

    Philippians 4:6

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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    Another false prophet


    I am taking a moment here from my hiatus to poke my finger into the eye of the rapture watch/doomsday cult.  

    People like this false prophet using everything but scripture to tell you lies.

    These Balaams claiming to know something would have us sitting on our roofs waiting for the end.

    Well here’s a clue it didn’t happen. Nobody knows when Christ will return, nobody.

    Matthew 24:36

    But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 

    So read your Bible, listen to the elders in church as they teach and throw away every book that sets dates for future events.

    That is all.

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    Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

      No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior.

      Galatians 2:16

      Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

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      What do justification and sanctification mean?

        Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.

        1 Peter 1:1–2

        To those who are elect…according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

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        What do we believe by true faith?

          Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

          Jude 1:3

          I…appeal…to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saint

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          What is faith in Jesus Christ?

            Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.

            Galatians 2:20

            I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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            What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?

              At the day of judgment they will receive the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them. They will be cast out from thefavorable presence of God, into hell, to be justly and grievously punishedforever.

              John 3:16–18 and 36

              For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God…. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

              Theology Thursday 


              Maybe you’ve heard this one before, we don’t use creeds or confessions in our church we just follow Christ.  Of course the rejoinder to that is which Christ?  The Mormon Christ? The Christ of the Watch Tower Society? The modalist Christ of the Oneness Pentecostals? There is a need to define what we mean especially since we live in a society that defines things subjectively. 

              That is why for this Thursday I have a video of Mark Dever  talking about “No Creed but Christ” 

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              Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?

                No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith.Nevertheless God in his mercy demonstrates common grace even to those who are not elect, by restraining the effects of sin and enabling works of culture for human well-being.

                Romans 5:17

                For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

                Theology Thursday :  8 False Assumptions about Christianity


                Originally published at CCC Discover

                By Timothy W. Massaroon 

                1. Science has disproven Christianity.

                Historically, Christianity has often led the way in scientificadvancement. Many leading scientists today believe in a cosmology that is much more open to intelligent design and creationthan most pundits assume. Science has not found evidence precluding the belief in God, miracles, or theresurrection of Jesus. Such fields are outside the competence of science and its methodology.

                2. The Bible is based on myths.

                History is integral to the Christian faith. The Apostle Paul, who wrote more than half of the New Testament, grounds faith in eyewitness testimony and verifiable events (1 Cor. 15). If these things are myths and fables, Christianity is not useful or good. The tone and tenor of the Scriptures are categorically different from that of Greek myths or Aesop’s Fables.

                3. All Religions teach the same thing.

                Many people today attempt to dismantle the claims of religion before they even hear them by asserting (not arguing) that all religions teach the same thing. In truth, each religion makes very different claims and assumptionsabout reality. There may be superficial agreement about the Golden Rule, but the gospel of the triune God categorically separates the faith of Christianity from all religions.

                4. Jesus never existed as a real person.

                While the news media often reports the proposition that belief in Jesus’ historical existence is untenable,most scholars today disagree. Jesus’ existence is one of the best-attested facts available to us. Hostile witnesses attest to his life and death. His life recorded in theGospels is the best explanation available to us about who he was and what he did.
                (See 7 Unbiased Facts about Jesus’ Death)

                5. There are no such things as miracles.

                To assume miracles cannot happen because they do not do so normally is not itself an argument. Rather, most people take their personal experience as the normative basis for judging past events. This subjective view of what is possible does not allow for normal historical events to transpire, let alone miraculous ones. If we look at historical evidence, the question remains an open possibility.

                6. Evil precludes a good God.

                Only the God of Scripture allows evil to be a problem in the first place. If evil exists, it presumes an original goodness and liberty that makes such a choice evil. Theproblem of evil is actually an argument for Christianity. Evil as a choice that has real consequences cannot be accounted for without God.
                Many people wrongly assume that if God is good there should no be evil in the world. And yet, this assumes that as finite creatures we could know God’s purposes. If such a God exists, there are likely reasons he allows evil that we cannot fully comprehend.

                7. Christianity is irrational and unreasonable.

                Faith is often wrongly perceived as a leap in the dark, irrational, and imaginary. Yet, historically, Christianity has seen three aspects of faith: knowledge, assent, and trust.
                Faith is based upon actualhistorical events that are rational explanations of reality. Faith assents to the reliability of thespeaking God. These explanations may not be seen by the naked eye, but that does not mean they are irrational. Rather, the revelation of Scripture reveals a rational, and more importantly, a good God who is saving sinners.

                8. There is no evidence for the resurrection.

                Many people wrongly assume there is no real evidence for theresurrection of Jesus. Yet, this is incorrect. The women who found an empty tomb attested to the resurrection of Christ. Hundreds of witnesses around Jerusalem saw the resurrected Lord and could be questioned. Hostile authorities among the Jews and Romans attested to his empty tomb and miracles. According to many scholars, the Gospel accounts remain the best explanation of the empty tomb, the transformation of the apostles, and the existence of the early church.