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Jesus says “apart from me you can do nothing.”

Grace from the Work of Christ is NOT to be understood as grace to be external enlightenment or instruction graciously provided for humanity by God. God does not just demand that human beings should be “perfect”, which is a vague term. Rather, God graciously provides specific guidance as to what form of perfection is required – such as keeping the Ten Commandments, and becoming like Christ. Grace thus informs humanity what its moral duties are (otherwise, it would not know what they were); it does not, however, assist humanity to perform them, because there is no need for such assistance.

Reading the Old Testament Incorrectly

Moralism is the default mode for preachers. It’s second nature. But it misinforms the congregation. Why do it then? Maybe it tells them what they really want to hear, which is that they can please God through moral improvement. But moralising cannot save. We must do better than this if we are to escape the rebuke of Christ: “If you believed Moses, you would believe me”

No Doctrine but Jesus… is a doctrine of lies!

Therefore, those who truly understand the Gospel will not downplay doctrines, to do so is to minimise how much they will know about the Gospel. Could it be that those who are arguing for the “Gospel” at the expense of “doctrines” are simply trying to find a way to justify their opposition to some of our distinctive beliefs or avoiding to disclose their ignorance.

Circus in the Church

We depart from Biblical teaching when we think that today’s so-called gospel rock, gospel clowns, gospel magicians, and other forms of gospel entertainment can legitimately be employed to communicate spiritual truth. The Scriptures teach that the world is on its own, “without hope and without God” (Ephesians 2:12). Therefore, instead of borrowing worldly methods to reach the world, Christians are sent forth like the apostle Paul, “to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God”

Is your church a cult?

With the explosion of different sects that claim to honour and follow Jesus, how does one differentiate between true Biblical Christianity and an aberrant religious movement? Just what are “the marks of a cult?”

Pastors Bondservant of the Church Board!

During the darkest period of my life I had no one to say “Brother, how is your faith? Is Christ alive in your life? Are you lawless and doing your own thing? Brendon do you know that if you are carrying on in your sin and ignore God’s will – Jesus will say to you, ‘depart from me you lawless one – I don’t know you!”.

“The wicked who borrow money but then fail to repay it”

Jesus took these notions another radical step when he challenged his followers to examine their way of living: “And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back” (Luke 6:34–35).

Satan, you can take our church buildings!

The tabernacle was instituted by God as the place where he would dwell in the midst of the people of Israel. It was the forerunner of the temple; it was a tent that went before the children of Israel as they made their way to the promised land. Within the tabernacle was the most holy place, where God came to meet man. Just as God came to meet man in the tabernacle, he came to meet man in the person of Jesus.

Are other religions good?

Christians, by definition, believe Christ to be God- made-man, God-in-the-flesh. His claims cannot be amended, watered down, relativised, negotiated away or nuanced into acceptability. But this exclusivism is not an exclusivism of Christian culture, of Christian ethics or of Christians as the only candidates for heaven.

Should Christians Participate in Practices of Other Faiths?

Should a Christian use some Zen Buddhist meditation techniques? Should Chinese Christians use Confucius as their teacher of social ethics? Should Christian pacifists learn from Gandhi’s methods? Should Jewish Christians celebrate the Jewish holidays? Such questions should be addressed with great care, for religion is the active, actual service of God, gods, spirits or demons.

Christians and Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the largest holiday of the year in China and if you are praying for China or joining some Chinese friends during the festival, there are two things that every Christian should know.

Is baptism essential for salvation?

Baptismal regeneration is not a biblical concept. Water baptism is the symbol of what has already occurred in the heart of one who has trusted Christ as Saviour (Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12). Baptism is an important step of obedience that every Christian should take, but it is not a requirement for salvation. To make it such is to question the sufficiency of Christ’s death and resurrection.

What does it mean that the Son of Man must suffer?

In summary, as the Son of Man, Jesus followed the pattern laid out for the “one like a son of man” in Daniel 7:13. He had authority; he suffered at the hands of his enemies; and he was vindicated and exalted by God. As the Son of Man he also called on his followers to follow him in this pattern of life. (1) They were God’s chosen people and possessed the authority God gave to his people. (2) Now they must suffer faithfully in their commitment to Jesus. (3) When God brings his purposes to an end and executes judgment on all peoples, they will be vindicated and restored to their rightful place of authority.


Jesus’ works, miracles and signs—testified of Him

After Jesus fed the five thousand, those who came to find Jesus asked him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?” (John 6:30). Do not miss the audacity of their questions. They asked Jesus these questions the day after the feeding of the five thousand—after that miracle, after that sign, after that work. They refused to see it.

What happens to you when you die?

Having such great advancements in science and its innovation to making us live longer- the mortality rate has meant that people seldom see the face of death as their forefathers once did. With the recent pandemic and the increasing number of casualties has now confronted us with the subject of death. Science has proved that it can only use the knowledge of its past-primitive, thus lagging behind – unable to understand that which kills the body (death).

When all hope is gone…

Do you have a hunger for something more in life? Is there something deep inside of you that never seems to be satisfied? Are you confused? Are you unable to find a path or purpose in life? Does it seem like someone has turned out the lights and you cannot find the switch? Do you ever feel like you are locked out of life? Have you tried many doors only to find that what is behind them is empty and meaningless? Are you looking for an entrance into a fulfilling life?

Jesus called himself the “Son of God”

Jesus kept pointing people to himself, saying, “Come to me” (Mt 11:28). Buddha said, “Look not to me; look to my dharma (doctrine).” Buddha also said, “Be ye lamps unto yourselves.” Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (Jn 8:12). Lao Tzu taught the way (tao); Jesus said, “I am the way” (Jn 14:6). Buddha, Confucius, Muhammad and other religious founders fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and did not rise from the dead. Jesus did. Christians ought to realise how difficult, how scandalous, how objectionable, how apparently unbelievable and absurd this doctrine is bound to appear to others. We can’t apologise for truth.

The Sanctity of life must be matched by Concern

The Bible as a whole clearly states that life comes from God as His gift and that we are answerable to him for what we do with our own and other people’s lives. Such responsibility means that we shall all answer before the judgment seat for our actions and failures to act. Thus, any and every taking of life is a most serious business and requires justification to God.

The History of Spiritual Gifts

The spiritual gifts of prophecy, speaking in tongues and healing seemed to have disappeared from the mainstream of the church’s life by the middle of the third century. Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Tertullian all testify to the continuing experience of such gifts before then, but in the fourth century Chrysostom and Augustine of Hippo thought… Read More ›

What Is the Purpose of Spiritual Gifts?

The purpose of charismatic gifts is primarily the edification of the whole church, and, secondarily, the conviction and conversion of unbelievers. The once popular view that the charismata were given for the founding of the church and ceased during the 4th century when it became strong enough to continue without their assistance is contrary to historical evidence.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Gifts of the Spirit are special abilities provided by the Holy Spirit to Christians for the purpose of building up the body of Christ.

Who made God?

God is the uncaused Being who caused everything else to come into existence. God is the uncreated Creator who created the universe and everything in it.

Does God exist?

If God exists, then we are accountable to Him for our actions. If God does not exist, then we can do whatever we want, without having to worry about God judging us. That is why many of those who deny the existence of God cling strongly to the theory of naturalistic evolution—it gives them an alternative to believing in a Creator God.

Are you right with God?

Being right with God is a matter of your response to what God has done on your behalf. He sent the Savior, He provided the sacrifice to take away your sin (John 1:29), and He offers you a promise: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).

London City Church

Many preachers stand behind a pulpit and instead of declaring, “Thus saith the Lord,” they pronounce, “Try whatever you like” Why we stand and where we stand makes all the difference in the world.

Your kingdom come the doctrine Of eschatology – Lesson 4

INTRODUCTION When God created the world, his goal was to turn the entire planet into his earthly kingdom. He began by setting up the Garden of Eden as his sanctuary. And he appointed humanity to increase in number, and to spread the borders of the garden to the ends of the earth. But, of course,… Read More ›

What Is man – Lesson 1

Explores what human beings were like when God first created us and placed us in the Garden of Eden.

What Is Man – Lesson 3

Examines what the Bible says about human sin, and especially its negative effects on humanity.

What Is man – Lesson 4

INTRODUCTION In the 19th century, Charles Dickens published the novel A Tale of Two Cities. At one point near the end of the story, the protagonist is in prison awaiting his execution. But he’s rescued through a secret plot in which a free man switches identities with him. The prisoner is set free, and the one… Read More ›

Making biblical decisions – Lesson 1

Establish a definition of Christian ethics, examine the threefold criteria of good works and present a biblical threefold process for making ethical decisions.

Making Biblical Decisions – Lesson 6

Focuses on the overarching goal that God has laid before us, namely, the success and triumph of his kingdom as it spreads from heaven to cover the whole earth.

Making biblical decisions – Lesson 7

Identifies the major components of the ethical situation we encounter in the modern world, and to explain how each component bears on the ethical decisions we must make.

Making biblical decisions – Lesson 8

Explores the existential perspective by looking at the relationship between goodness and our being, focusing on how goodness relates to who we are.

The primeval history – Lesson 1

Gives an overview of the primeval history, the literary structure, original meaning and modern application of Genesis 1-11.

The epistle of James – Lesson 1

Introduces the epistle of James as the New Testament book of wisdom, and examines the author, audience, occasion of writing, and the letter’s structure and content.

The epistle of James – Lesson 2

Explores both reflective and practical wisdom found in the book of James and discusses what this meant for the original audience and what it means for Christians today.

The book of Revelation – Lesson 1

Explains how Revelation’s context and setting can help us understand its original meaning and apply its message to our own lives in the modern world.

The book of Revelation – Lesson 3

Explores how the central theme of the kingdom of God runs through the entire book of Revelation and unites all its various teachings.

The book of Hebrews – Lesson 1

Introduces perspectives on the author, audience, date and purpose of the book of Hebrews that can help us interpret the original meaning and apply this book to our modern world.

The book of Hebrews – Lesson 2

Explores the rhetorical tools the author of Hebrews used to exhort his original audience to remain faithful to Jesus, and explains how the author wove recurring elements into persuasive presentations.

The primeval history – Lesson 3

Examines Genesis 4:1-6:8, describing how human beings began to fill the world with violence, and how God reacted to those troubles.

The primeval history – Lesson 4

Examines Genesis 6:9-11:9, describing the direction God established for his people to follow after the great flood in the days of Noah.

He gave us Prophets – Lesson 1

Explores the confusion about prophecy, a prophet’s experience, original meaning and New Testament perspectives on Old Testament prophecy.

He gave us Prophets – Lesson 6

Examines three different kinds of literature within Old Testament prophecy: historical narratives, communication with God and communication with people.

He gave us Prophets – Lesson 7

Explores four topics related to prophetic words about the future: God’s sovereignty, human contingencies, degrees of certainty, and desired outcomes.

He gave us Prophets – Lesson 8

Focuses on how prophetic eschatology developed through the historical periods of: Moses, the early prophets, the later prophets, and the New Testament.

Christ is the Expectation of God’s Standard for Service

For the “day of the LORD” to come, for God’s kingdom to come, the covenant must be fulfilled from both sides. The actions and roles of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Joshua, David, and the rest are not to be set alongside the person and work of Jesus Christ as less effective performances of the same kind of service.

The book of Samuel – Lesson 1

Introduces the book of Samuel, including why and under what circumstances the book was written and how it applies to Christians today.

The book of Samuel – Lesson 2

Examines Samuel’s role in Israel’s prelude to kingship and Saul’s failed kingship before the establishment of David as Israel’s king.

The book of Samuel – Lesson 3

Follows David’s kingship from his earlier years to his death and reveals the ongoing blessings offered to Israel through the righteous rule of David’s house.

The book of Joshua – Lesson 2

Addresses the original audience’s challenges associated with warfare by drawing attention to Israel’s extensive victory over the land of Canaan.

The book of Joshua – Lesson 4

Reveals the significance of Israel’s call to be faithful to the terms of their covenant with God.

Father Abraham – Lesson 2

Explores the original impact these stories were intended to have on the nation of Israel as they followed Moses toward the Promised Land.

Father Abraham – Lesson 3

Concentrates on responsible ways to draw modern applications from the chapters in Genesis that speak of Abraham.

The Heart of Paul’s Theology – Lesson 3

Investigates the background to Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians, examines the structure and content of First and Second Thessalonians, and reveals his eschatology.

The Prophetic Wisdom of Hosea – Lesson 2

Focuses on how Hosea designed his book to impart wisdom to God’s ancient people and explores the revelations that Hosea included in each major division of his book.

The Book of Hebrews – Lesson 1

Introduces perspectives on the author, audience, date and purpose of the book of Hebrews that can help us interpret the original meaning and apply this book to our modern world.

The Book of Hebrews – Lesson 2

Explores the rhetorical tools the author of Hebrews used to exhort his original audience to remain faithful to Jesus, and explains how the author wove recurring elements into persuasive presentations.

Free Book: Are there apostles today?

When considering the five-fold ministries, the average believer can understand that pastors care for their flock, evangelists preach to the unconverted, teachers instruct their students, and prophets prophesy the Word of God. But what do apostles do to show they are apostles? Are there apostles today?

Has your pastor gone into hiding?

How can people maintain a quality of true community in the midst of such pressures? From the point of view of mission; Zoom, WhatsApp etc. can offer opportunities for the intelligent proclamation of the Christian gospel. But could never replace the personal contact?

No Christianity without Christ’s Death

Jesus Christ is this suffering servant, but Jesus’ death, while necessary, was not the end. There would have been no Christianity without His resurrection, this is central to the entire New Testament. For Jesus was declared the Son of God with power through his resurrection

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